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Maharashtrian Lady

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I have been wanting to draw a figure wearing traditional Indian dress, here it is a sari, for a long time. I came upon the reference image for this drawing from a blog on vintage Indian photos a few years back. Since I wasn’t doing much figure drawing then and lacked confidence, I filed it away in my folder. Now that I am doing the figure studies, I finally got the courage to do this drawing. I am so glad I am able to finish it. This was an excellent exercise on fabric folds and draping. Reading Barbara Bradley’s book gave me the extra nudge and inspiration to attempt this.

11 by 14 inches on Strathmore Bristol Smooth

It seems there are 108 ways to drape a sari and this particular style is called nuvari and is usually worn by women in Maharashtra, a state east of India.


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August 22, 2014 at 12:21 am

Figure Study No.11

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Another drawing as a part of my ongoing series on Figure Study.

In graphite on a 11 by 14 inches Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.


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August 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Flutterby : Monarch Butterfly

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This painting is done under the direction of the watercolor artist, Jacqueline Gnott. I have signed up for her learning forum so I will be able to learn better under a master watercolor artist. My schedules clash with local class times and online forum is the next best alternative where you can learn the techniques through videos. I recommend this membership based learning forum for anyone interested in learning more about watercolor painting. In this particular video, I learned how to paint in rich, black background using black pigment and how to paint the colored bokeh in the background.

8 by 11 inches on 300 lbs watercolor paper
Reference Photo : Jacqueline Gnott


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July 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Flutterby : Great Spangled Fritillary

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Finally, I am back to watercolor painting! This blog desperately needs some colors after several drawings. Almost an year ago, I drew the outlines for this painting, applied masking fluid and kept it away. I knew it would be a bad idea to leave on the masking fluid but I lost the painting mojo so much that I couldn’t pick up a brush and finish it. I have been watching a lot of videos and browsing online on watercolor paintings but there weren’t motivating enough to pick up the painting brushes. Earlier this week, I just happened to see this unfinished painting and picked it up to finish the painting. I did the background painting first, knowing well enough that I might have to throw away the painting that removing the masking fluid could ruin the paper surface. After finishing the background, I had a hard time removing the masking but the paper was sturdy enough to withstand the abuse as I scrubbed away every last bit of the masking. I used Kilimanjaro watercolor paper to do this painting.

11by 14 inches on 300 lbs watercolor paper
Reference Photo : Rodney Campbell


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July 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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Flutterby : Spring Feast

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I did this painting for challenge No.36 of Paint and Draw Together.  I used my artistic license to make up the background – complete with bokeh. It was really interesting and I had fun making all those circles.

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March 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Flutterby : Gulf Fritillary

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Happy New Year to all the visitors to this blog. It has been a while since I last posted. I have been late with good reason. I was slaving away to complete this painting for the good part of last month and this month. I was painting so tightly, it almost drove me nuts! The painting was done on 8 by 11 inches 140 # cold pressed Kilimanjaro with  W&N, Daniel Smith and Maimeriblu watercolors.

Reference photo by Jessica Shippee from PaintMyPhoto

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February 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Flutterby : Tree Nymph

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I just finished this painting today after putting it away for almost 5 months. I am so glad I am back to painting. I hope to continue painting for the rest of this year and there is not much time left! Painting the background was the most challenging part but I think I pulled it through well. SOLD

9 by 12 inches on 140-lbs Arches 
Reference photo by Chrissy.M

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October 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm