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


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: 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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Enchanting hills

Enchanting Hills. I love the clouds hanging over the hills and the majestic road up to the house with its fluttering flags. Water colour on 300 gsm handmade paper 20 x 14 "

Ganges 2

Ganges 2. Another attempt at Ganges in loose style. Follow up of Master Amit Kapoor workshop( Water colour on handmade 300gsm 14 x 10 inch #Benaras #VAranasi#watercolour


The Ganges: As part of the workshop Master Amit Kapoor ( had painted 2 Benaras scenes..the vibes and the enegy during the last session on 22nd Jan was awesome! I couldnt resist attempting this at home! My first attempt at painting loose...somewhat! :-) water colour on handmade 20 x 14 "#Benaras #VAranasi #watercolour

Plein Air-Venkatappa Art Gallery

Painted as part of the workshop with Master Amit Kapoor ( on 22nd Jan ..Water colour on handmade 400gsm 22 x 15"

Home work!

These painting were done on 21st Jan after the workshop by Master Amit Kapoor ( as homework.....the first one is on handmade paper 275gsm 22 x15 and the next one is the Salvador Dali house in spain 14 x 10 " handmade paper

Another Beginning!

Another beginning! My first posting for 2017. 10 x 8 " water colours on handmade paper 400gsm painted on 21st Jan at Amit Kapoor workshop in Bangalore, A different palette and my first use of the squirrel mop brush! :-)
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