Sunday, April 19, 2015

Watercolour painting: Dighalipukhuri watercolour reprise

Dighalipukhuri Watercolour

Camel Artist watercolour n Daler Rowney Artists Watercolour on Saunders Waterford 300 GSM Cold Pressed paper
Quarter Sheet

A very tough subject for me. This subject was introduced to me by a very good friend of mine 2 years back. At that time I was unable to paint the subject properly due to my inabilities in handling watercolor n acrylics. But recently...after doing a Plein air and many sketches and studies, I have finally got through the preliminary hurdles to paint this subject. Though many painting and composition on this subject awaits to be mastered, I am happy with my progress so far.
Still one of the very tough subjects I have seen and painted.

Watercolour painting: Dighalipukhuri watercolour

A color study
Dighalipukhuri, Guwahati, Assam,


Camel Artist Watercolor on Fabriano Studio Quarter sheet watercolor pad

Watercolour painting: Back to Chandrapur

Back to Chandrapur

Camel Artist Watercolour on Fabriano Studio 300 gsm COLD PRESSED paper
Quarter sheet

Acrylic painting: Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar, Spain
Camel Artist Acrylics on canvas board
61 cm X 76 cm



Oil painting: Alla Prima Still Life in Oil

Alla Prima Still Life in Oil
Traditional Assamese Bell Copper, Orange and star candles
16X24 inchs


Camel Artist Oils, Pebeo Studio XL oils and Winsor & Newton oils

Acrylic painting: Plein air in Dighalipukhuri

Plein air in Dighalipukhuri
Camel Artist Acrylics and Pebeo Acrylics on Canson Montval 300 gsm rough
11X 14 inchs
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DIGHALIPUKHURI
is a rectangular man-made pond in Guwahati, about half a mile long. Dighalipukhuri derived its name from the word ‘dighal’ which means long. The lake is believed to be dug by Bhagadutta, the king of Pragjyotishpura. It is also mentioned in the Mahabharata,the great Indian epic. In historical times, it was used by the Ahoms as a naval yard. Its access to the Brahmaputra was eventually closed, and during colonial times, that portion was further filled on which the Circuit House was built.

Dighalipukhuri is a prominent tourist attraction in the heart of Guwahati with boating facilities and recreational activities. It is an old rectangular lake of half a mile long originally engraved out from the Brahmaputra. Later, it was separated from the river when a portion was filled up.

This actually is very old fishery building in Digholipukhuri. It was build many years back by the Government to monitor fish farming or pisciculture, a principal form of aquaculture in Digholipukhuri.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Oil painting: Alla Prima Portrait 1

Alla Prima Portrait in Oil (Commission work)
18 inchs X 24 inchs

Camel Artist Oil paints on stretched canvas.


This was a commission work for one of my friend. The irony was hat I never got paid for the job and the painting was delivered to the recipient. This was my first Alla Prima work. I used a photograph as my source for the painting. The painting was done in exactly 5 hours. I enjoyed doing this work and did learn a lot of things that day.

Oil painting: Portrait of Dalai Lama (Commission)

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (Commission work)[SOLD]
Oil on canvas
24inchs X 30 inchs.

Pencil sketch: Tribute to the legendary Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe[SOLD]
Pencil on Classmate sketchpad
34cm X 27 cm

Pencil sketch: Portrait of a child (Commission)

Portrait of a child 2
Pencil on 120 gsm smooth paper
Size (A3)


Pencil sketch: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes ( a fan sketch)
Pencil on paper
11 X 14 inchs.

Pencil sketch: Chandrapur Farmers

Chandrapur farmers.
Pencil sketch on classmate sketchpad
12 inch X 16.5 inch.


A very common sight of the Indian countryside are the farmers at work. India has an Agro based economy and the farmers are considered to be the backbone of it. Since, Chandrapur is the only countryside I have access to, I have decided to sketch them and capture them. Hope you like it.

Pencil sketch: Northeastern India Villagescape

Northeastern India Villagescape
Pencil on classmate sketchpad
27cm X 34cm
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Pencil sketch: The neighbour's house

Plein Air in the neighborhood
The neighbour's house
Pencil sketch on classmate sketchpad
27cm X 34 cm.

Pencil sketch: The Milkman

The Milkman
Pencil on Classmate sketchpad
34cm X 27 cm

Pencil sketch: An afternoon in Chandrapur

An afternoon in Chandrapur
27cm X 34cm
Pencil on classmate sketchbook.

Chandrapur is my most favourite location in terms of plein air sketching and painting. The untouched beauty of nature, the serene village atmosphere and the presence of the mighty river Brahmaputra adds to the overall beauty of the place. This is the first plein air sketch done in Chandrapur.

Pencil sketch: Portrait of a child 1

Portrait of a child
Pencil on Classmate sketchpad
34cm X 27cm

Friday, April 10, 2015

Acrylic Painting: Momo Hut

Momo hut near Wireless, Guwahati
Camel Artists Acrylics on handmade paper
11X 14 inchs.


So here it is...a Momo(Dimsums)/fast food outlet which is situated just a few block away from my home. It is a fast food outlet, a small shop that sells traditional Indian and Chinese food. Yeah no people outside..cause they are cooking for me. And yes I have tried to paint it as it is. I know the name TONDOOR should be TANDOOR but I have painted that just like the original one.

On  serious note, this is an evening scene. Everyday I cross paths with this beautiful place and I must admit I am tempted to paint this scene. From morning till night this outlet caters to the needs of hundreds of people who likes Indian and Chinese fast food. At first I found it very difficult to paint it since I chose a night scene instead of a day time scene. After I painted this scene I showed it to one of my dear friend and he told me that this painting as something in common with a few paintings of Edward Hopper. I never knew I had something similar to the paintings of the great Edward Hopper. So, I checked his artworks and I was literally blown away by his night scenes. He is one of my very favourite painter till date. Thank you very much to my dear friend Ramkrishna Paul for showing me the works of the great Edward Hopper.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Acrylic painting: Sunset near Jagiroad.

Sunset near Jagiroad, Assam
Acrylic on Canson Montval 300 gsm rough
11 X 14 inchs



Acrylic painting: Impressions of Chhath

Impressions of Chhath
(for better results please view this artwork from a distance)
11 X 14 inchs
Camel Artists Acrylics on handmade paper.


Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival and only Vedic Festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and Chhathi Maiya (ancient Vedic Goddess Usha). The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.

This painting is a quick study of the Chhath puja which happened here in my home Guwahati, on the banks of the mighty river Brahmaputra.

Pencil sketch: FOOLED BY THE FOLIAGE


FOOLED BY THE FOLIAGE
Near Guwahati Refinery.
Pencil sketch on classmate sketchpad.
A3 drawing sheet.



Foliage are the toughest subjects to draw....that doesn't mean that you should stop trying. I have been a victim of constant demoralization by the people of art fraternity that one can never master the art of drawing and sketching foliage.
I would however like to differ in this statement by saying that every art a painter does is a reflection of his current skill level and his vision of the realistic subject he is willing to draw or paint. As for me, this is by far one of my best attempts to make foliage and I am very happy with the results.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pencil drawing: M L NIJORA (Jolpori's little sister)

M L NIJORA (Jolpori's little sister)
Inland water transport, Assam
Pencil on Fabriano A4 sheet

Acrylic painting: An Evening....near Jolpori

An Evening...near Jolpori.
Camel Artist Acrylics on Canson Montval 300 gsm rough paper.
11 X14 inches.


It was magical...the wave of orange washing over the landscape and suddenly the old forgotten boat brightens up. A begger makes home in this abandoned ferry. He is waiting for the rain and he thinks the old girl will once again come alive. I will wait for that day to come and once again enjoy the elegance and beauty as it strides across the river water with pride.

Watercolour painting: The tale of the forgotten river ferry

Forgotten Jolpori (The tale of the forgotten river ferry)
Camel Artist Watercolor on Fabriano Studio 300 gsm cold pressed paper
13.4 X 10.6 inches

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Watercolour painting: Lake Windermere

Windermere Nabb ferry
Wetcanvas reference photo
13.4 X 10.6 inches
Camel Artist Watercolor on Canson Montval 300 gsm cold pressed paper.



Lake Windermere in England is a fascinating subject. This watercolour is actually done as a participation in a Wetcanvas watercolour challenge. This is painted from a photo reference by a gentleman in Wetcanvas. I have taken permission to paint this watercolour from the photographer. I did learn a lot from this painting and it was a wonderful experience.

Watercolour painting: Fakim Forest


In the forest of Fakim, Nagaland
13.4 X 10.6 inches
Camel Artist Watercolor on Canson Montval 300gsm cold pressed paper

Pencil sketch: Barthakur Clinic Hospital


BARTHAKUR CLINIC HOSPITAL, Kharghuli, Guwahati, Assam.
Pencil on Classmate sketchpad
34cm X27cm.
Yes the banner is a bit off balance....just like it is..originally...The subject is Nursing Home situated on the banks of the River Brahmaputra in the beautiful hilly area of Kharghuli. The sketch is done on spot using charcoal and pencil. I found the rendering of the tree a bit tough. It was a good try.