Monday, September 15, 2014

October Memories

An autumn walk in Portland. Watercolor on arches, 11x16 in.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Returning home

Indian street scene. Watercolor on Arches,  cold press, 11 x 15 in. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

A couple of weeks back, I tried painting en plein air (for the first time) .. This was a 3 day workshop and it was quite an experience :-) The paintings I did on site were complete disasters (I can't bear to look at them) but it was the most awesome learning experience. Since I am so used to painting from photos, it is relatively easier to resolve the painting that way - but outside, I was overwhelmed with everything I saw. Everything was changing so rapidly, my pigments were always dry, I couldn't judge the values and I was way too clumsy with my setup .. (but one has to start somewhere, right?!). I got back and redid one of the paintings at the ferry building. I tried to keep in the mind the earlier mistakes that I made, and of course made some new ones .. but here it is anyway.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


The Sun peeking through tall betel-nut palms .. 

The sunrise, watercolor on arches, 12x16"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The village

A village scene from western India.  I don't know if the figures in the middle are distracting or confusing .. would it look better without them? Also the closest roof doesn;t look quite right. I might make a few changes to this one..

The Village

This is a smaller sketch of flowers I did a while ago. As much as I like flowers, I must confess that I am not super excited by the thought of painting them. They are so perfect + I find it a lot harder to simplify the petals and the leaves and the beautiful details :) This one was a bit encouraging though, & hopefully some day I will not be as intimidated by flowers! Btw, these are plumeria or 'chafa' - so very reminiscent of home.

The remaining three

Thursday, March 6, 2014


A cloudy day. In the city of Echoes, Illusions and Yearnings, as they say.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


A warm, sunlit morning at the Parvati temple in Pune, India.

Friday, February 28, 2014


A little sketch based on a photo that I took while visiting a friend back in India- our kids were having a fun time enjoying some snacks on an indoor swing. This swing brings back fond memories of my own childhood. My grandmom had one such at her place & I have spent hours on it playing, daydreaming :) , actually, even drawing.

('Tai-Dada', literally translated is 'sister-brother' in my mother tongue.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Lake

I was recently visiting Goa, and while driving, we came across this large lake - it was rather swampy, muddy, murky. But it seemed to be home to hundreds of floating white and purple and pink flowers. There is something very restful and soulful in seeing lotus flowers in the wild, natural setting - perhaps my first time in recent memory. Anyway, here is an attempt to paint the lake based on the few photos I took.

I thought my previous attempt lacked some darks in the water, so I painted another one. It turned out different from what I intended   -a bit cooler, midnight-moonlightish,  and a lot more messy :)