Parrots in color

Did some quick color pencil work of two parrots. Used Faber Castell polychromatic color pencils that added a dash of vibrancy to the birds. Getting the feathers right became a challenge apart from using the pencils effectively to get the contrasts. Fun!

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Ganesha, a gift

Yet another work using acrylic paints. This time, it was a gift to a neighbor friend of the family. The image has been copied from a similar work found online. Found the design to be great and was chosen by our friend to make it. Used ceramic powder with glue to create the textured effect.… Continue reading Ganesha, a gift

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A Puppy!

In July, I went back to pencil sketching. My speed has increased and hopefully so, my quality of work. I completed this in about four hours with breaks in between. The focus was on the eyes and the hairy contours in the body, especially the ears. Here is how I started working on it. The… Continue reading A Puppy!

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The Garden Gate – acrylic on canvas

This is my first work on canvas using acrylic paints! It was part of a summer camp that my kids attended and I happily tagged along. Took two months to complete with all the breaks and office work in between. Began in April and completed in June. The biggest challenge with this work was the… Continue reading The Garden Gate – acrylic on canvas

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Pigeon on a Ledge

Yet another work using Staedler color pencils. The challenge was in getting the iridescent colors on the neck of the pigeon right using a limited range of colors that I had available. Working on the eyes was the other challenge. Hopefully, I got it right! I can now fool the pesky pigeons that sit on… Continue reading Pigeon on a Ledge

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Kalamkari art: Saraswati Devi

My first attempt on replicating a Kalamkarti art work of the goddess Saraswati. It was one of the most time consuming and difficult work to date for me. I spent more than fifteen hours with two sessions lasting four hours each. Stuck at one place until I got each brushstroke right. I used a 000… Continue reading Kalamkari art: Saraswati Devi

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Kalamkari art: Happy Sun by Nandini

My little one (age 6) didn’t want to be left behind and did her own attempt at kalamkari work with an image of a smiling Sun. She used black sketch pen for the border work and painted everything on her own. Dedicated to the cause and focused on finishing the art work to her satisfaction!

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Kalamkari art: Elegant Elephant by Shivani

My older daughter (age 11) has worked out a terrific kalamkari art of an elephant. She took the tough road of using a 000 brush to get the difficult to make black borders for the picture. Amazing details and a lot of hard work!!

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Water and Bridge in Venice

My teacher pushed me to try another work in charcoal. This time I had to replicate an original that was done using ink. Hence, achieving the same effect using charcoal turned out to be a daunting task. The picture was not about getting the details right as it was about presenting the overall landscape in… Continue reading Water and Bridge in Venice

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Boats by the Sea

This was my first work using charcoal. It took time to get adjusted to the mechanisms of using the charcoal pencil to draw different shades of black. I achieved the water surf effect hitting the rocks using a combination of methods. Couldn’t get to a perfect depiction of water splattering over the rocks. But, it… Continue reading Boats by the Sea

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