Category Archives: Traditional Art

Last few days, I had the opportunity to interact with, and learn from the great ball point pen artist, Shirish Deshpande. Till I saw his profile on Facebook, I had never imagined that such works of art can be created using the humble ball point pens available in the next door stationary shop.

I recently got a chance to learn the art and technique of creating a painting using ball point pens. The following are 2 sketches done during the course.

This is a beach house copied from a fantasy graphic novel. I did this to get a feel of how ball point pens behave, particularly for lighted and shadow areas.

I did this sketch as part of a practice session during the training course.

Barren Tree Near A Barren House

Today, while returning from work, I stopped near this tree.

The tree has a fascinating shape. Every branch of the tree looks like it decided to follow opposite direction to the original midway in its growth!

I pass from near this tree every day, but had never noticed the numerous leaves sprouting from its branches. Nature has its own way of springing back.

The barren house a few meters behind this tree was a man-made creation, and it has no such luck.


Omkareshwar Temple

Yesterday I had parked right across the street from the centuries old Omkareshwar temple in Pune. I was sitting in the car waiting for a friend of mine. He kept me waiting for around 30 mins. I had a sketchbook and my drawing pen with me. I could finish this much of the drawing with the limited time and rapidly fading light.

Oils Studies

Recently I came across 2 very good books on oil painting, which proved to be quite inspiring. Most importantly, they made me stop and look back at my techniques and work for some quantity.

The first book was The Oil Paint Color Wheel Book by John Barber and the other was Expressive Oil Painting – an Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes by George Allen Durkee.

Following are the two oil studies. Both are done on 7″ x 9.5″ handmade paper.

The first study of a lone tree is entirely done using a single color (Burnt Sienna) and a single hard brush. No black and white tones were used. The aim was to develop a texture using the hard brush and a well diluted single color.

This was an imaginary jungle landscape. The aim was to experiment with various hues of green.