Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Salute to the Armed Forces

As we celebrate independence day and cherish the freedom, it's time to salute the soldier who braves harsh conditions to protect sovereignty of the nation.. watercolour challenge 15/100 on handmade paper 9 by 11 inch. Enjoy your freedom, but spare a thought for the unknown soldier :-) #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #snowscape #landscape

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stone Roof Hamlet

A hamlet in Himachal Pradesh, painted from a reference photograph from pintrest. Watercolour challenge 14/100, on handmade paper 10 x 14 in. Loved to paint the juxtaposed huts in this composition. #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #landscape #artbymra

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna).

 During a period of heavy rains unleashed by Lord Indra, Krishna lifted this hill to shelter people and cattle. This is a concept watercolour on 145 gsm cartridge paper, wc challenge 13/100, 10 x 8 in, #watercolor #artbymra #aquarelle #jansmashtami

Reminiscing North-East (India)

The fascinating landscape of north-east India with it lush green fields and lakes are nostalgic. Watercolour study, WCchallenge 12/100 on 145gsm cartridge paper, 10 x 7 in. #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #landscape

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Delectable Ruins

These ruins outside Bhoganandishwara near Nandi hills, Bangalore dates back to 9th Century. Water colour challenge 11/100, on hand made paper A3 size, #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #bhoganandeeshwara #landscape

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Time to go fishing

 Painted from a video grab of probably Mumbai seaside. Water colour study on 130 gsm paper, challenge 10/100. #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #seascape

Wave Restaurant?

I saw this scene frequently while watching the recent  India- Srilanka cricket matchat Galle!  watercolour challenge 9/100 on handmade paper 14 x 10 inch, #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #seascape

Friday, August 11, 2017

Coracle Ride

Its always a challenge to paint with different paper and paint. As i was travelling i had to paint on 110 gsm paper and camel cake colours, it was a humbling experience! Painted from a reference photograph. WC challenge 8/100, A3 size, #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #landscape

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sunlit slopes!

I painted this from a reference from internet, the beautiful sunlit Motovun in Croatia, WC challenge 7/100, watercolour on handmade paper 270gsm A3 size, have great day :-) #watercolor #watercolour #aquarelle #artbymra #motovun #landscape

Ghat Road (hill road)

Always a pleasure to paint the enchanting hills, and when you drive you just cant enjoy the beauty:-) WC challenge 6/100 :-)  On 130gsm paper 8 x 6 inch

Monday, August 7, 2017

Avenue Road

WC challenge 5/100, a Plein air outing on a Sunday morning to the busy flower bazaar on KR market. This is the view of Avenue road in Bangalore from KR market side, and a few spill-over flower vendors, from the flower market. Otherwise Avenue Road is famous for its stationery shops.  Watercolour on handmade 270gsm 16 x 11in :-) #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #cityscape #bangalore #avenueroad

Picnic Locale!

 WC challenge 4/100, loved painting this scene from a reference photograph on the web, for its simplicity! watercolour study on 130gsm paper, 8 x 6 in #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #landscape #artbymra

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Busy Morning!

Watercolour challenge 3/100. A typical village scene in the mornings, the entire family busy and rearing to go! water colour study on 130gsm paper 8 x 6 inch, have a great week :-) #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #indianvillage

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bhoganandishwara

Recently i visited Bhoganandishwara temple near Nandi hills, which is more than 1500year old. While my painting on location did not come out that well, i painted this from my photograph. Water colour on handmade 300gsm paper 22 x 15 inch.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Portrait Study

Water colour challenge 1/100. Study from reference photograph and inspired by Artist Milind Mullick's demo, 20 x 14 inch 400gsm handmade paper...my first portrait on handmade paper! :-)

Colourful and Mystique

Varanasi ghats painted from a reference picture over the weekend as part a workshop by artist Milind Mullick. Guess i was a bit extravagantly bold with my colours this time! Water colour on handmade 270gsm 16 x 10 inch

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tropical Evening

A view of the Ocean from the hotel in Hikkaduwa, Srilanka, during my recent visit. The gorgeous tropical evening sky and the reflection of the lights from the lawn were breathtakingly beautiful. Watercolour study on 180gsm paper 8 x 6 inch

Rolling Hills

I have been keeping this picture in my to do list for a long time, though a simple scene is was not confident of balancing the clouds and the reflections in water.  But i guess it has come off well in this water colour study on 180gsm paper 8 x 6 inch. What do you think? :-)

Wellington View



Watercolour study of the view from wellington bridge close to Ooty in Tamilnadu. 8 x 6 inch on 180gsm paper.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

See Through!

I wanted to capture the light seeping through the tree trunks and leaves and yet maintain the depth of the background scene! A rough study with water colours this morning on 130gsm Matrix Artist Bulky paper, 8 x 6 inch. Always happy to looking forward see all your comments :-)

Village Bylane


This scene reminded me of my native village, with its tiled roofs and central lane. Watercolour on handmade paper 400gsm, 20x 14 inch



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Two Articles!

An article in The Hindu, Metroplus on  2nd of May 2017, on my recent watercolour painting exhibition 'Watercolour Vistas" at Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore from 19th to 23rd Apr 2017.

This Artist brings out Watercolour Wonders to Art Lovers – Community ...

Another Article in Citizen Matters on the 22nd of Apr 2017.

The smell of Oils


Two oil paintings done after ages, during the weekend at artist S.Elayaraja's workshop conducted by Coloring India in Bangalore #oilpainting #portraits #artbymra


---my humble copy of artist S.Elayaraja's painting at the workshop


Artist S.Elayaraja's live painting demo, and the model, it was an amazing experience to be there and see the master at his work! with just a few strokes he captured the profile of facial features of the model brilliantly!




My copy of an imaginary muse's painting by artist S.Elayaraja

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time to for Work!

This is a scene in the hills with eucalyptus trees and the suns rays just breaking in. Watercolour on handmade paper 11 x7 in. #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #morning

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Let's Take a Break

Bullock carts like this was a common sight in India, though now the tyres have replaced the wooden wheels. It used to be fun taking a ride on them as they navigate through the country side. Breaks like this to give rest to the bullocks was a common sight. Watercolour on handmade paper 21.5 x 15 inch. #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #bullockcart #artbymra #landscape

Monday, April 10, 2017

Boat and Cliffs

This is a simple scenery with cliffs in the background and blue-green reflections. A combination of two reference pics. I am still trying to perfect the art of painting waves, still a long way to go! :-) Watercolour on 300gsm Campap paper 12 x 9 inch. #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #artbymra #seascape #boat #cliffs

Serene Ganges

There is a certain calmness that descends on early morning scenes in the ganges.  I have tried to capture that serene surrounding through this painting.  i find these water scenes one of the most difficult to paint in watercolours.  From a reference photograph on the internet.  Watercolours on 300 gsm paper 12 x 9 inch.  #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #ganges #artbymra

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Watercolour Vistas: My Painting Exhibition



I invite you all for my watercolour painting exhibition at Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore from 19th to 23rd April 2017 from 10:30am to 7:00pm. Please do share the invite with family, friends, and art lovers especially those in Bangalore. Looking forward to meeting you all at the exhibition

Monday, April 3, 2017

Rain Tree Boulevard

These beautiful shady trees line up many roads in Bangalore and are a welcome signature-scene! They are in their full bloom now and the pink flower wither away only to give a beautiful brownish ochre tinge to the tree branches and the roadsides. Watercolour on handmade 400gsm paper 22 x 15 inch #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #cityscape #bangalore #artbymra

Friday, March 31, 2017

Stress Buster!





This is my pug Deezu, a true stress buster for everyone at home. He has been with us for nearly 5 years and now i know it is true what people say about pugs, 'you own a pug and you will never want any other dog after that'! Water colour on handmade paper 400gsm 22 x15inch. #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #pug #pets #artbymra

Monday, March 27, 2017

Let's go Boating!

I was more interested in painting the boats, water and reflection. from a reference photograph on internet. watercolour on CP 300 gsm 16 x 11 inch. #watercolor #watercolour#aquarelle #ganges #varanasi #artbymra

Friday, March 24, 2017

Morning Hues

Its fun to be up early in the morning and witness the sunrise.  There is so much energy in the air and in everyone around.  Painted from a reference photograph taken by a friend Hemant Kumar at Sahibganj, Jharkhand.  Watercolour on handmade paper 22 x 15inch.  #watercolor #watercolour #aquarelle #urbanscape #artbymra #morning #sunrise.  Have a fabulous weekend :-)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Scintillating Sails

It's been a long time since i painted a sea scape, and i thought that the scintillating reflection would be a good challenge in watercolours. With just 3 colours and a dash of the 4th colour, i was able to paint this. I was still nervous with the washes which is why i chose the smaller size! :-) water colour on 300 gsm CP paper 10 x 7.5 inch #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #seascape #artbymra

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cool Shade

I love village scenes, and I painted this because i wanted to feel the coolness of the shade under the trees. Hope i have succeeded :-) It is these simple pleasures you miss when you are living in cities! Water colour on 300gsm handmade paper 22 x 15 inch. #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #landscape #village #arbymra

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Winter to Summer (Leh)



There is something in the air of Leh that evokes strong desires to capture and encapsulate the scenes there, be it winter or summer! This is a scene i captured on my camera during the unsuccessful trip to Pangong lake, so decided to drive up to Hemis Monastery. I have added water to the dry stream to make the winter look like summer! #artbymra #watercolour #watercolor #leh #aquarelle #landscape

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mumbai Skyline


When i was training long back in Kharakvasla, Pune, i used to visit Mumbai on mid-term breaks and remember enjoying my pav bhaji facing these iconic buildings! truly majestic architectural beauties. chanced this scene on TV and managed to freeze the pic for this painting. Water colour on 300 gsm paper 22 x 15 inch #mumbai #artbymra #watercolour #watercolor #aquarelle #urbanscape #BMC #chatrapatishivajiterminal

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Village Boulevard

 I painted this rustic village scene as it evokes nostalgic childhood memories of my maternal village that i oft visited during vacation. Watercolour on handmade paper 20 x 15 inch. #watercolour #watercolor #landscape #village #artbymra #aquarelle

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mirage

This is a concept-painting made on request by a young mirage 2000 fighter pilot, who had seen my helicopter painting in Dec 2016. I added the pilot and the wet tarmac to make it more lively. Safe flying and happy landings to all aviators! water colors on 300gsm cold pressed paper 10 x 7.5 inch

Saturday, February 18, 2017

On controls!

For me close formation is the most thrilling and challenging flights. It needs skill and most importantly utmost faith, confidence and trust on your leader/wingman. This is a formation flight during the inauguration of Aeroindia 2017 on 14 Feb, in which i was on controls as No.2 in the LCH formation, part of a 13 helicopter HAL helicopter formation. Water color on 300 gsm paper 10 x 7.5 inch #formation #helicopter #watercolor #aquarelle #Light Combat Helicopter

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunrise Woods

It was an interesting subject with the sun peeking though the trees and the juggling of orange and greys. water colour on handmade paper 22 x 15 "

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mahabalipuram Beach

The shore temple at Mahabalipuram is a visual treat be it morning or evening. I painted this because the evening scene is challenging, and i had to paint the shore temple without highlighting it, yet make it prominent and then keep the focus on the beach and fishermen... Hope i have succeeded. water colour on handmade paper 400gsm 22 x 15"

Monday, February 6, 2017

A different Palette

Tried to mix yellow, pink/mauve with greens!  Interesting result...i guess!  water colour on 400gsm handmade paper 22 x 15 "

Friday, February 3, 2017

Vidhana Soudha

This is the government legislature building, which is a majestic, beautiful and must see place in Bangalore.  The sketching for the painting was done on location last weekend and then the painting done indoors for the reference picture taken during sketching. Inspired by the plein air painting by Bijay Biswaal at the same location. Water colour on handmade 300gsm paper 14 x 10 " #watercolour #Vidhanasoudha #artbymra

Monday, January 30, 2017

Headmaster!

Headmaster: When i hear "headmaster," only one face flashes in front of me and that is of Dr Clement Felix who was headmaster of Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School (MCCHSS) for almost 2 decades from 1973 to 1992. Every time we from class of 82' met at chennai it was a ritual to visit him, before our get-to-getter started. He was a true mentor during our formative years, and each one of us had an anecdote to narrate, to substantiate this. He was revered by one and all of our times! He will be remembered forever. Water colour on Brustro 300 gsm 12 x 16 " from a reference photograph #watercolour #watercolor #portrait #MCCHSS #MadrasChristianCollegeHigherSecondarySchool
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