December 30, 2015

August 9, 2015

Storm Clouds at Peggy's Cove in the Morning

The morning looked so beautiful with the blue sky and a calm sea. There was hardly anything to complain about. But before one could say, "WOW! what a beautiful day," a sliver of cloud appeared in the western horizon. Soon there was rumbling of thunder in the distance, and a wind that was picking up speed and churning the water into high waves.

It took me the most time so far for a painting. It began with just a lighthouse, the sky and some rocks. And of course the sea. The rest were added as the work progressed, I mean dragged, over a period of many months! I could still tinker with it. Add a lightning bolt and more seagulls. May be. But it's done for now.


Reference: Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Acrylic on canvas | Size: 48" x 24"

April 12, 2015

My backyard in winter


Watercolor sketch on Canson Aquarelle paper

These maple trees have withstood scores of blizzards from Astro to Octavia
 
to Thor and more. Some of the major blizzards of recent past were Superstorm 1993,
the Blizzard of 1996, and the President's Day 
Blizzard of 2002. With social media
ruling the roost, blizzards 
have become snowpocalypse, snowmageddon, and .... 

What a way to mess with the weather!



March 4, 2015

Vernal Falls, Yosemite

Preliminary watercolor sketch 

Detailed watercolor sketch
Monochromatic sketch

Yosemite is a wonderland of sheer size, beauty and stunning vistas that marvels more than
4 million visitors annually. The grandeur of Yosemite cannot be described in a photograph or a painting.
It has to be seen to be believed; experienced to be understood. It would touch you in a way that no 
worldly marvel has touched you before.

"Within its boundaries are huge granite crags carved by glaciers, stunning waterfalls, meadows
carpeted in bright flowers,throngs of wild life -- and giant sequoia trees reaching 
200 feet
into the sky, a sight not soon forgotten." (AAA World)
Watercolor illustrations from my sketch book

February 23, 2015

Desolate Farmhouse

The days are hot and dry under the dusty sky on a farm north of Salinas in California.
The parched land is wailing and waiting for rain that never came for the last several years.

Watercolor illustration from my sketch book.



February 6, 2015

The Wild Side of Water



Come Monsoon, the Karimala river begins roaring down the hills with newfound vigor and excitement.
As the torrential rains fall onto the hilltops and into the ravines, it gathers speed with unpredictable force.
Medium: Watercolor | Paper: Heavy bond 



On a wintry morning hardly anyone would venture to walk on slushy, slippery roads,
let alone along the frozen shores of a lake. But then, there are a few whose determination
to stick to their daily routine is not affected by the acts of nature.
This could be one of those intrepid souls who has found comfort in the frigid silence of a lake.

January 25, 2015

Watercolor Illustrations in a Book

The first watercolor illustration in a series titled "Weekly Sketch."
The illustrations will be done with a limited palette, black being the basic color.

January 24, 2015

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in winter. 
Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Watercolor sketch from my sketchbook.


January 15, 2015

High Range, Kerala

Weekly Sketch #2 in my new sketch book.
Medium: Watercolor | Paper: Heavy bond

A jeep on the busy Kottayam - Kumily Road (KK Road/NH 220) at Pullupara.
KK Road which forms the strategic link between the high ranges of Central Kerala and Tamilnadu
was completed 155 years ago. Extending over 109 kilometers, KK Road is part of the Kollam-Theni Highway.