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Atul and Daddy

A watercolor painting from me this time.

Day 1: March 18

Atul and Dad

This is from my friend Preethi’s photograph… She had clicked a snap when her husband and her little son were reading a book… Dad and son ‘reading’ a book.. Atul is just 8 months old. I loved it so much that I thought I should probably try to paint the pic. If it comes out well, then.. well… the completed picture shall also be uploaded. Otherwise I will pull this one down too; and try such things only with pics of people we don’t know. I don’t want to hurt a friend!!

Update 1: March 19:

Atul and Dad - Day 2

Here is today’s updated painting. I am taking this one slow.. Partly because I can’t sit for a long time trying to paint. It is too exhausting. So today also, it is a Work-in-Progress!! This time instead of scanning the painting, I took a snap of it.

Update 2: March 20:

 

Photograph

Photograph

 

Scanned

Scanned

 

 Today again, I didn’t complete the painting. I added a lot of detail to it, which took me some time and concentration. By then it was evening and I didn’t really want to continue painting in artificial light. So tomorrow it would be!!

I have reached the most difficult portion of it all. The hair!!! There are so many shades in it! I am terrified of even starting to paint it!

I have uploaded both the photographed and scanned versions of the latest; since by the time I completed today’s work, it was evening, and I didnt have good light to take a photograph in.. Well, turns out that even in that light, a photograph looks better than a scan 🙂

Update 3: March 21: COMPLETE

Atul and Dad - Reading

Yippeee!! I have completed the painting finally! Not bad!! I would have had no guts to do this, had I not joined up the EDM group. And then, I just let myself indulge a bit – with the decision that I wouldn’t worry about what the end result shall be! I have a good feeling about this one now 🙂 🙂 (Go Me!!)

Thanks to the weekend in between, I couldn’t really uploaded the completed painting, though I finished it on Saturday!

Thanks to ALL of you who had been following up with my progress, and for encouraging me all through!

– Shalini

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Spring buds

Just yesterday it was sunny and cheerful. And today it had to rain! As I sat near my window looking at the droplets on the branches of the tree outside, I noticed that the higher branches actually have developed small buds for new leaves of the season! So yeaahhhh!! Spring is really close!

– Shalini

Almost spring

I was enjoying the bright sunlight, looking out of my window. Almost all of the snow is gone.. I hope it doesn’t snow more. Well, even if it does, how long will it!!? So cheers!! I noticed my neighbor enjoying the sun too.. Though you still have to wear your jackets, it certainly looks more cheerful today..

I loved painting the cheer. So this is my first journal entry of any kind, with a splash of colors. So what if it is a bit skewed..?

– Shalini

wigs and manequin heads

This is my version of Wigs and Manequin Heads painting, the original picture of which was put up by Karin Jurick for Different Strokes by Different Folks. It was fun trying it out. Though initially I thought that maybe I will go ahead and slowly paint to match the picture, soon enough, with the kind of peppy music that I was painting with, I just had my own ideas for the backdrop and colors. Finally though, I amvery  happy with what I could turn it into..

– Shalini

 

Lake Louise

My try on the VSD Feb 2009. I used watercolors for this one. I loved painting this one, though I think the water didn’t really come out all that well. But this is still just my first month of serious art indulgence!

Thanks to Debbie Later from VSD’s, for her photo of Lake Louise, Canada. I have never been to Canada myself. Someday, I will plan a trip too!!

– Shalini

Bengal School of Art

Bengal School of Art

I had to draw a human face with the Bengal School eyes. Here is a picture of a Bengali Bride, in the style of Bengal School of Art. I borrowed a picture of a friend in her Bridal Attire, so that I don’t miss out the important colors and ornaments.. I think she should agree with this one..

The headgear is a little off-symmetry and this Art is all about symmetry!! I lose my marks for that 😦

– Shalini

Bengali Art School style

Bengali Art School style

This week’s challenge is pretty interesting. We are supposed to draw in the style of some great Artist whom we admire. There is no artist I can think of, of whom I am particularly fond of.. But there are all these varieties of Indian Painting schools which come to my mind, which I have always been fond of. So I am thinking of taking this challenge a little further than a week, and a little further than a favourite artist and try out the different schools of painting..

I am starting with the Bengal School of Art, which is a painting form that developed in Bengal., around the pre-independence struggle days. It has a minimalistic design, though the colors used are strong block colors. The art-schools opened in Calcutta in the early 19th century imparted training in only two basic i.e., media oil and water color.

I have drawn here a picture of a Cow and a Calf (I know it looks anything but a calf). I didn’t have string poster colors, to make it look solid. However, I have touched upon the other details like block color (no shading) and minimalistic design. And yes, the eye of the two animals. That’s something I have seen constant in Bengali Art.

I also played with GIMP today. And here is a sample of that too.. (I have a long long way to go with this whole digital thing!)

Digitized Cow and Calf

Digitized Cow and Calf

 

– Shalini