Evening Glow Organic Shapes

Bergenia plant is not very tall. What is exquisite about it is its flowers are in a bunch that has a very organic shape. What’s even more attractive about this plant is the 2 impossible colors combined together. Magenta and Orange red. The colors glow in the evening light; and so, the name of theContinue reading “Evening Glow Organic Shapes”

Faith and dedication

Can you take up a 7-day walking pilgrimage to a place of devotion without carrying any essential supplies and rely on the kindness of strangers to sustain during those 7 days? Well, this couple I met was doing that. They are the devotees. Even though they could afford the supplies, they asked for bhiksha (donation,Continue reading “Faith and dedication”

Estimating Values

I tend to paint extra dark because watercolor dries lighter. When I start out, I am quite aware of this fact, but I am guided by my intuition and paint lighter values actually accurately. But over the course of painting next layers, I make a mistake of layering darker values over the initial layer. That’sContinue reading “Estimating Values”

Boundless and limitless

It is sort of a longing that lives forever in my mind. The sight of a boundless meadow surrounded by limitless mountain ranges. Such a landscape is an assurance that something larger than life exists. I had to carefully use the color application technique in this one. Didn’t want to show everything flat for theContinue reading “Boundless and limitless”

Fine line between the realistic and the abstract

I used a subject of a distant hill to experiment with colors, technique and style. I really wanted to stick to using just the pure pigments. No layering; not too much mixing either. I did use a lot of pure pigment for sure. The first attempt was more of an abstract while the next oneContinue reading “Fine line between the realistic and the abstract”

Improving with the figurative style

I underwent a lot of thinking process and planning process before I painted this subject. By the second day of the painting process, I was exhausted. But I love the focus on the figures I have achieved. I am hoping the process will become easier for me down the road. The subject is about MarathiContinue reading “Improving with the figurative style”


The idol was in front of him actually. But when it comes to the devotion, can the devotee and the object of devotion be separate? I had to break the rules of drawing a Perspective and change the angle of the idol to depict this fact. This man is a regular visitor at the templeContinue reading “Devotion”

2 Steps Back

As I have progressed in my watercolor journey, I have vowed to keep it all clean, and focus only on fewer shapes. With this painting, I felt like I went back two steps. I kept painting each leaf. I am hoping not to do that. I started out with keeping the emphasis on the yellowContinue reading “2 Steps Back”

Balancing the foreground

Every now and then I get a bit of a shock when during my painting process, I get a feeling that, what I thought would be an easy project is not turning out to be an easy one. The above painting had large shapes that are easy to paint; but that part didn’t help me.Continue reading “Balancing the foreground”

Beyond the horizon

After seeing the beauty of the Willapa Bay in Oregon, I just had to paint the magnificence of nature that my eyes couldn’t get enough of. In every direction I looked, I was reminded of the holy principle working on this earth.

The Absolute

The depiction of Lord Ganesha with an adorable sitting posture, and a kind smile, and laddoos has a well won over place in devotees hearts. It will always be there. However; during this year’s Ganesha festival, I have been thinking. What symbolizes as an Absolute and what we look up to for removing obstacles, hasContinue reading “The Absolute”

Painting En Plein Air, and more

I have begun to paint en plein air, and I absolutely love it! Posting here my first and second session! During the short time of the session allowed me to be more spontaneous and I discovered I was good at it 🙂 The second session was at a lavender farm. It was a great colorfulContinue reading “Painting En Plein Air, and more”

Reflections that shine

When the light falls on objects across from the dark glass window, the window shows reflections that are abstract. But they are something you keep staring at. I aimed to capture the reflection of a shiny building in the window. The red color of the building added interest. Also, the plastic partition meant for covidContinue reading “Reflections that shine”

Alexandrina Magnolia

Alexandrina. Quite an exotic name! It’s a variety of Japanese Magnolia that stops me in my tracks every spring. It is a large flower that blooms upwards. Shaped a bit like a lotus, but this one blooms in so much abundance that the flowers blend with one another, and it is hard to focus onContinue reading “Alexandrina Magnolia”

I think, therefore I am. – (RenĂ© Descartes)

I tend to think a lot before I paint. Also, this pose location in the photo had a source of back light as well as some natural light. It required an interesting color scheme that made me think more before I painted. I tried to paint self portrait seriously for the first time. (And IContinue reading “I think, therefore I am. – (RenĂ© Descartes)”


This tiny 2′ x 3′ window that I have. Located much above the eye level, looking at this window is unavoidable throughout the day. Covid days gave me an opportunity and I kept a record. Nature offered a continuum of magnificent beauty. Weather changes, season changes, time changes, light direction changes, foliage changes – timeContinue reading “Continuum”

Sunlight, Mist, and Shadows

In winter, the mornings display a variety in the scene. Some days they wear a grey blanket and the other ones bring darkness of rain in the Pacific Northwest. When the sun does shine, the early morning is a beauty. The tree stubs and branches form a weaving pattern, the mist lingers, and the sunlightContinue reading “Sunlight, Mist, and Shadows”

Long Shadows of Winter

As the sun moves farther to the south, the shadows grow so long. I planned to capture this nuance. The above scene of a view from the hilltop added great drama to the sweeping shadows. Rather unintentional, but my washes for the sky too gave an extra touch to the drama I wanted to createContinue reading “Long Shadows of Winter”

Quick Application

(Note: Next few weeks I will be posting some quick ones. Other occupations have cut down my time for painting to 1/3rd!) Yellow trees in fall are quite mesmerizing. They stop me in my track when I go for walks. For quick application, I used wet on wet, faster strokes, no waiting in between washes.Continue reading “Quick Application”

Fall Splendor

The trees have stopped cooking food. But it is a visual candy-land to the viewers! I can’t help it but paint yet another of the fall scene. Although my preference is to paint yellow colors of fall, on my walk this week I saw these brilliant red trees lit up with sun and offered meContinue reading “Fall Splendor”

Painted Skies

By far, I find that painting skies using watercolors is a project full of highest nuances. How much water, how quickly and how efficiently controlled; and not to mention pigments, mixing, and layering variables. I try everything because I am learning. I wanted to get the dynamic sky at sunset I had seen. I mayContinue reading “Painted Skies”

Steep Gables

I absolutely love looking at the steep gable roofs constructed in the snowy regions of the northeast. Their size is bulkier than the structure itself. Funnily they become lighter at once when they have these little windows jutting out of them. Makes me want to sit by those windows and cuddle up with a book!

Problem with purples

Blue and purple flowers when located in shade or under cloudy skies have been difficult to paint for me. I remember once spending a lot of time on purple irises without a desired outcome. When I saw a shrub totally full of purple flowers last week, I decided to give it a try again. IContinue reading “Problem with purples”

Under the maple in fall

I saw something magical. There was rain and mist in the air, and I was standing under the maple that had mosses growing on it. Usually, it would be pretty gloomy. But the little light that was falling made the ferns shine and the fall colors of maple gave the scene a dreamy look.

Secluded Habitat

Angle of light is everything with watercolors. It is easy when the subject of the painting is well lit. But when the light falls from the gaps formed by tall trees it is not easy to determine which are the shaded areas and which are the lit ones; so the final result was a mysteryContinue reading “Secluded Habitat”

Riot of bold colors

Croton is an ornamental plant that produces leaf colors that range from yellows to pinks and magenta reds and browns. And Crotons have them all in one when planted mixed! It was a great opportunity in this subject to make use of many colors. In retrospect, painting maybe just a couple of leaves would haveContinue reading “Riot of bold colors”

Ancient Indian Art and Dyes

I recently learned about the dyes and painting styles of ancient India. There have been so many formal and many more informal traditional styles and I was truly enamored by them. In the modern age, I feel the techniques could be kept with the new subjects added. I tried something along those lines. Right onContinue reading “Ancient Indian Art and Dyes”

Artist and model

I had it all figured out. I was going to paint the artist I saw at Montmartre market in Paris. Many years passed. Now I was ready to paint and realized that the character I thought was an artist was really a customer who wanted get his portrait painted! Unfortunately this only proved a pointContinue reading “Artist and model”

Never used pigments

The orchids were just a reference photo. They were mostly peach in color with bright green stems. What was challenging was to use three colors that were never been tried before by me. I used M. Graham Naphthol Red, Daniel Smith Payne’s Blue Gray, and Sennelier Caput Mortum. Totally random and never tried at all.Continue reading “Never used pigments”

Non-dominant hand floral

When a challenge involves what we think won’t work for us we may be surprised by our own performance! This challenge was to paint a floral with non dominant hand. What I didn’t realize was that the brain is giving the same instructions to both hands! My knowledge of watercolors still shows in this oneContinue reading “Non-dominant hand floral”

Tranquil Grazing

A place that’s calming either outdoors or indoors. What else could it be but an expansive or remote pasture? After all, herding was a profession of many spiritually advanced beings who have walked on this earth including Krishna and Jesus. This tranquility is very attractive. The least I can do is try to paint suchContinue reading “Tranquil Grazing”

Abstract + Self Portrait

Facebook challenge topic by NWWS for the Day 4 of 14 was ‘Abstract Self Portrait. I was so excited to take this on! But I soon realized it was the most difficult challenge so far. I had never dabbled into a creating a large abstract piece. On top of that, a self portrait! It tookContinue reading “Abstract + Self Portrait”

Grace outside my window.

I tend to focus on details, and I am trying to get away from that. Just aiming to show more of an impression. However; when the painting must show buildings, I have to focus on where the windows and shadows are. This can be a hinderance to a fast and free style though. Here isContinue reading “Grace outside my window.”

Focusing away from crisis

I have chosen to focus away from the current crisis during productive hours. So here is my new work. When I think of painting flowers in watercolors, I can never look at them as single subject. It is more in a landscape form that I think of them. Tulips in the midst of their surrounding.Continue reading “Focusing away from crisis”

Natural and Artificial Light

I have been wanting to paint a scene of a dawn I had captured on my camera 6 years ago. I finally had a courage to paint a scene that depicts both; the natural and an artificial light. I had to think of everything in detail for this one. I planned what values will goContinue reading “Natural and Artificial Light”