Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Yelagiri Art Holiday - 1

About a year ago my wife, daughter and I went on an art holiday to Yelagiri, a nearby hill resort. We were there for a day and a half and I managed two paintings and two pen and ink sketches during that time. This is the first of them, done on the spot. I was looking forward to painting on location but discovered that I had left my watercolour stuff - paints and brushes - at home in Chennai. Fortunately I had some watercolour pencils in my art bag. I used them and later borrowed my wife's paintbox and brushes to finish up.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Madurai skyline

This is a quick and rough watercolour sketch done in a pocket sketchbook of the view from the 6th floor of Hotel Thangam Grand, Madurai. My wife and I stayed at this hotel during our heritage tour of the region with Mystical PalmyraBreakfast was served in the rooftop restaurant and this view of the distant Madurai Meenakshi Temple was an added bonus.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Madurai

My wife and I visited this place  along with a cultural tour group called Mystical Palmyra. We were part of a very enjoyable heritage tour organised by them of the Madurai region of Tamilnadu in southern India. We got to the palace shortly before sunset and that is why there are no shadows. Even the colours were muted. But the scale, the detailing, and the workmanship were all very impressive. We capped off the visit by taking in a very nice light and sound programme.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Palazzo Vecchio

This is a pen, ink, and watercolour sketch of the Palazzo Vecchio (meaning Old Palace) in Florence, based on a photograph by T. T. Srinivasaraghavan (Srini/Ramesh). Srini is a keen and good photographer and has been kind enough to permit me to use many of his photographs as reference for my artwork.
The colours in Srini's photograph were different. I chose the ones that I have used to give more warmth and vibrancy to the painting.

Sunday, 24 December 2017


This is one of my better efforts so far. It is a watercolour painting of a hoopoe based on a photograph taken by my good friend Srini. Srini has a blog called Ramblerspost, now unfortunately inactive for quite some time, which is replete with lovely photos and interesting commentary. He also sends out New Year cards every year using his own photographs and this was on one of them.

Friday, 22 December 2017

A Vietnam Landscape

I very much liked an image that I saw of a scene in Vietnam. Realising that reproducing it in watercolour was beyond my ability I simplified it and retained its essence. 

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Gem Of A 9th Century Temple

This is a small and lovely 9th century temple built next to a lake bund close to Melpadi in Vellore District, in the Southern Indian state of Tamilnadu. My wife and I visited this place on one of our quarterly heritage tours with a group called Mystical Palmyra.