Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Temple goes to West Coast

Thanks to my facebook  id 'muruarts' created by Srich and his hard sell, two of my paintings are crossing the seas to the West Coast of the USA! Raga and Greg, are going to be the proud owners of the following paintings, which though are already sold, have been recreated for them. In my fourth attempt at the Shore Temple, I arrived at a close proximity to the original version, but I like the other three attempts also which convey stronger atmospheric moods.

The Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

The other painting, 'Winter in Pirohova'  did not tax me too much, the second attempt coming good. Lesson learnt-recreation is not easy, even your own paintings-water colour is a great leveler! 

Winter in Pirohova, Ukraine
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Monday, 8 March 2010

Sunset in God's Own Country

This one is from Kerala, God's own country. I had a photo of the coconut trees and some boats in the backwaters. I wanted to add some drama by making it a sunset scene, so that I can play with colours. The distant row of trees is a device to give depth to the scene. The horizontal boats balancing the vertical trees. The coconut foliage was the difficult part of the painting. I enjoyed doing the water and the reflections. Hope you will like the painting-done on Arches rough surface, half sheet.
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Monday, 1 March 2010

Village Street

Trying to get out of a painter's block! Was unable to focus on anything! Forced myself to do something not too demanding to break the deadlock. This is from a reference photo from our visit to India (Tamil Nadu) last year. We were coming out of an ancient Amman temple (Goddess Periyanayaki) which was adjacent to the famous Darasuram temple near Kumbakonam and this street beckoned us. The blaring sunlight made us squint our eyes becasue the temple precincts from where we  were stepping out were poorly lit and were rather dark. So what struck me in this was the sunlight which I tried to portray as the main attraction in this effort. Made on Arches Rough surface measuring  20"x14".
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