Friday, December 30, 2016

Stanka Monastery

Another Leh sojourn this time leads to Stanka Monastery. Painted from a reference pic borrowed from Pandey Soumendra. The intense complementary colours was everlasting joy, not just while painting! :-) Water colour on 400gsm handmade paper 22 x 15 ".

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu. I saw this Shih Tzu at a music store yesterday, and it reminded me a lot of my earlier pet, a Lhasa Apso..water colour on handmade 250gsm paper 9 x 11".

Friday, December 9, 2016

Exhibition Opening! A beginning!

 It was a memorable day!
CMD HAL, Mr T. Suvarna Raju and Dr (Mrs) MV Ramani Sr Dir Clairvolex chief guest s lighting lamp at the exhibition opening

Vismaya Gallery!  Awesome support from Balaji of Rangoli Metro Art Centre and his team
My relatives who travelled all the way from Chennai to attend! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Excited! My first painting exhibition

Excited about my first solo painting exhibition starting on 9th.   Reaching out to all my friends and fans who have followed and encouraged me.  Please do visit the exhibition!


26 years ago on this day i got engaged to her...she continues to bring out the best in me :-)  Water colour on cold pressed paper 300gsm 9.5 x 12.5"

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Purple woods

A different colour palette this time. Introduced some blue and purple. Water colour on hand made 400gsm paper 22 x 15".  Sunday time!

Friday, November 25, 2016


Enamoured by the misty morning hazy sunshine seen often during winter.  Water colour on handmade 400gsm paper 22 x 15 ".  Enjoy the sunshine during the weekend :-)

Painting the Wavy Walk

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wavy walk

Wavy Walk...I liked painting the water receding from the beach, leaving the wet sand. Water colour on hand made paper 400gsm 22 x 15 "

Friday, November 4, 2016

My first Painting Exhibition

I invite all of you to my first painting exhibition "Alive with Aquarelle" at Bangalore.  Pl share with you friends, relatives and art lovers, especially in Bangalore.  thanks for my followers who have been instrumental in encouraging me with your lovely comments :-)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lone Farmer

Lone Farmer..this painting is dedicated to all farmers toiling for our basic needs. During childhood i used to eagerly look forward to run errands for my uncles working in the fields, with a cup of coffee or tea(one likes coffee and the other likes tea!) and tiffin. Wish i could have captured this at that time! Sometimes TIME stands still :-) Water colour on 400gsm hand made paper 20 x 14 "

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Happy Journey

Recently i had gone to see off my daughter at the Bangalore Cantonment Railway station at 6 am. I prefer this station as it is less crowded, clean and has these lovely quaint old arches. Dawn was just breaking and the sky was lighting up with pink colour. Water colour on handmade paper 300 gsm, 22 x 15"

Sunday, October 9, 2016


I was carried away by the tuscany landscape when i saw it the first time.  This has been in my to-do list for a long time. With my 9 days 9 paintings challenge  i thought it was the right time to do this hills- view as the celebration of Navrathri ( nine nights).  9/9 of Navratri series.  Water colour on Brustro 300gsm cold pressed paper 16 x 12 inch

Summer Retreat

8/9 of Navrathri series...Loved the way in which the house was tucked in the light among the dark shadows of the tree leaves and the bushes!  May be i overdid the near house:-(..Water colour on hand made 300gsm paper 14 x 10 ".

Friday, October 7, 2016

Sea Side

7/9 of my Navrathri series of 9 days 9 paintings! One of the popular beaches on the west coast of India facing the Arabian Sea. water colour on handmade paper 300gsm 14 x 10 inch

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dream Villa

6/9 of Navrathri celebrations. Water colour on Brustro cold pressed 300gsm paper 16 x 12 inch.

River Walk

5/9 of Navratri celebrations! I like to paint the sunlight filtering through the trees/ branches and the reflections in the water. Water colour on hand made paper 14 x 10 inch.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hill View

4/9 of Navratri series...This scene reminds me of the quaint villages in north east that were part of the helipad landscape. The clouds would be in the valley in the mornings and ascend as the day progresses.  
Water colour on hand made paper 300gsm 14 x 12 inch

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hues of Sun

3/9 of Navratri challenge....A seaside beach scene, is always a feast to the eyes, be it sunrise of sunset!  the hues that sun showers on us it mesmerising!  Water colour on Brusto cold pressed 300gsm paper, 16 x 12 inch

the smaller version is the quick paint (8 x 6 inch) i did before the bigger one.  I am posting this because a lot of the spontaneity is lost when you make bigger paintings! Anyway nothing like hand made paper for water colour sceneries.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Wood Walk!

2/9 challenge of Navrathri--Water colour on handmade 300gsm paper 14 x 10 inch. Lost out on colour harmony due to some adventurous green! But checked out my black and white..and to my surprise the values were not bad at all! Some consolation :-)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Misty Falls!

With Navrathri festivities beginning, i thought i would challenge myself to paint nine paintings in nine days! This is the first one! Water colour on 300gsm handmade paper 14 x 10 inch.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wild River

I painted this from a reference video grab from a movie on TV.  i liked the scene because of the sparkling water and the myriad of colours that filter through the trees.  Made some changes to the background and brought in the sky which was non-existent in the video grab.  Water colour on 400gsm hand made paper 22 x 14 inch. Before painting this i made a smaller version of size 8x6 inch study, which looked more spontaneous and more transparent.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Umaid Bhavan

Umaid Bhavan palace at Jodhpur, which is now a five star hotel.  Water colour on 400gsm paper 15 x 19 inch.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Rain Drive!

 A drive during rain with all the reflections on the road and the water dripping down the windscreen to form beautiful rivulets is an amazing experience!  Bangalore road during this monsoon.  Water colour on Fabriano 300gsm cold pressed paper 16 x 12"

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's day!

My father enjoying the morning sun and the newspaper with my doggy Diesel taking shelter under the shade of the newspaper!
water colour on hand made paper 10 x 14 "

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hogenakkal falls

The mystic nature of waterfalls presents an excellent topic for painting.  Here i have tried to capture Hogenakkal falls in Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu.  I drew the inspiration to attempt this after seeing a demo of a Dhuadhar falls painted by Bijay Biswaal at Chitrakala Parishath (Bangalore) sometime back.   Water colour on 270gsm hand made paper 22 x15 ".   painted from a reference photograph from internet. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Banana flower

The exotic banana flower is used extensively in South Indian and South east Asian cuisine.  It evokes memories from my childhood when we used to peel the flower and separate the edible portion of the flowerets.  It is full of nutrients.  Banana plant is one in which all the parts, the fruits, stem, flower and the leaves are useful.  I painted it more for its vibrant colours!  watercolour on hand made paper 10 x 14 ".

Sunday, June 5, 2016

May Flowers (Gulmohar)

May has gone by, but not the memories of the May Flower trees that lined up one of the avenues in our enclave.  Everytime i see a Gulmohar(May Flower) tree in full bloom, i want to pick up my brushes and share the vibrant colours with everyone.  Watercolour on handmade paper 14 x 10 "

Monday, May 30, 2016

Dawn-Mysore Golf Course

Its a golfer's delight to tee-off at dawn.  Some of the most beautiful scenes unfold during this time.  I tried to capture one such scene.  Painted from 2 reference photographs taken at Mysore recently.  Watercolour on handmade paper 300gsm- 14 x 10 inch.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mission Accomplished!

This is a sunset scene of Dhruv, Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III.   Mission Accomplished depicts the joy of completing a successful mission and walking back from the helicopter. A tribute to all the chopper pilots and their whirly birds!  Happy landings Dhruv!

Monday, May 16, 2016


Bullock carts are synonymous with village scenes in India.  Remembering my visits to my village during childhood.  Watercolour on handmade paper 14 x 10 inch.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Where is the Rain!

Water colour on hand made paper from a reference photograph taken last October on a rainy day! This was challenging as the reflections did not have any colours of the palm but just highlighted the floor colour....10 x 14 inch

Stones on Beach

A quick watercolour study on paper ...7 X 6 inches

NGMA Bangalore-plein air

 Plein air painting of National Gallery of Modern Arts building at Bangalore last Sunday.. water colour on hand made paper 14 x 10 inch

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ajay Rathnam-Portrait

Portrait of my class mate from school Ajay Rathnam, on his request.  Water colour on canson 300gsm paper 12 x 16.5 inch


Painted from a reference picture sent by a friend. It was interesting to try out a few new colour combinations.  turned out to be a little extravagant...i guess.   Water colour on cannon 300 gsm 16.5 X 12 inch 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rain tree / 5 o'clock tree

En Plein Air, from the comfort of my balcony last Sunday! the huge tree is called Rain tree or 5 o'clock tree as the leaves close in the evening or on rainy/cloudy days.  The huge tree has beautiful pink flowers which are in full bloom during this time.  Bangalore's roads are lined up with these trees giving shade and shelter during the sunny afternoons!  Water colour on handmade paper 14 x 10 inch

Friday, April 8, 2016

Art Gallery!

Visited Venkatappa Art Gallery next to museum in Bangalore a couple of times, but never painted it.  Painted from my photograph taken last week.  The rapid mushrooming of multi storied buildings will make this diminutive very soon.    Water colour on hand made paper 14 x 10 inch.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

First Train!

This is a painting from a scene in my memory of my school days.  Come April when the yellow flame trees are in full bloom, my school (Madras Christian College High School-Chetput, Chennai) would be a bed of yellow and the roads lined up with yellow flame! First Train would arrive at Chetput railway station at around 15 mins after the school finished.  A few of us would dash to the railway station to catch this train and beat the crowd that followed behind :-) Water color on 220gsm 11.5 x 5 inch

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Chennai Central railway station, though the portals of this station stream in and out thousands everyday and is the abode for many overnight stays for travellers changing trains.  It is an iconic building with a legacy dating back to years.   I have been though this many times over the years and always fills me with nostalgia and euphoria when i see this.  Been wanting to paint this for a long time.  Water color on hand made paper 17.5 x 12 inch.  

Monday, April 4, 2016

Weekend Art Mania!

Had the opportunity to attend a weekend watercolour demonstration by Bijay Biswal organised by Color-in .  I am posting two watercolours--one with predominantly warm colours and the other with predominantly cool colours-- i painted after the demonstration, and a digital art i did on my iPad during the demonstration by the artist. 

Odisha village: water colour on paper 17.5 x 11inch.  
Snow Scape: predominantly cool colours--water color on paper 17.5 x12 inch

Rasoi:  digital art on iPad 

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