Dandeli Forest Swamp

This is an oil painting done from a reference image captured in Dandeli forest. We traveled to Dandeli forest in Karnataka state several years ago. While trekking through the jungle, we came across this serene swamp.

The rotting mass of an island of the right, and the fallen trees provided a perfect frame, while the misty background and the soft light filtering through it served to heighten the mysterious mood of the place.

Oil on canvas20″x 16″

Pune Sketchers’ Meet – Someshwar Temple in Pashan, Pune

Today’s Pune Sketchers’ meet was scheduled at 8am in the ancient Someshwar temple in Pashan. I had never been there before. The sprawling area has many temple structures, old and new. I decided to focus on these two. Completed this rapid sketch in 1:30 hrs. Done with Pigma micron pens and black brush pen.

Colored version after tinting with black, grey and sepia inks

Cambridge in 2006

I visited Cambridge in the beginning of 2006. Winter had just started receding, and the air was still crisp and cool. I captured this pic at the bank of a beautiful river, where many tourist gondolas were plying.

This pic is drawn in pen and ink on paper (Pigma Micron pens). The special thing about this pic for me is that I have drawn it entirely (NOT “almost”entirely!) with my left hand. It needed a lot of time, and immense patience. But finally it was all more than worth it :-).

Bappi Lahiri Show Program Poster

Painted this poster for the Bappi Lahiri extravaganza that happened yesterday. This program was organized by the art group I am associated with – Expressions Surbhi. This poster was displayed on the stage background in 5 x 4 feet size.

Painting a Bappi Lahiri poster is always fun, with all the jewelry, gaudy color combos and the always-happy caricature look of the music maestro himself!

Pune Sketchers Meet sketch today – Tulshibaug Ram Mandir

Tulsibaug is one of the most happening areas of old Pune, and presents numerous opportunities to capture the hustle-bustle of the modern city mingled with the nostalgic feel of a time bygone.

Today’s Pune Sketchers’ meet was at the centuries old Tulsibaug Ram Mandir. I drew only the top of this temple building outside the main temple, since it was so much exquisitely carved. I drew the stone temple below this separately (on the right side). Did some finishing touches to this by applying ink by brush.