Monday, 16 October 2017

Step by Step, Water colour painting of Gurudongmar Lake

"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else." Pablo Picasso

Every painting is inspired by some thought, some place, some vision that you have in mind. It slowly builds up in layers and then when the final moment of execution arrives, you let the energy flow on to the paper. Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim is one such place which is indelibly printed in my memory and it will continue to inspire me to make many paintings in future.

The moments we spent there were magical. It was like a dream come true to see nature in its pristine form. Today's post is a water colour painting of one such scene that we came across while we were at 17,100 ft, facing the majestic snow covered mountains and the stunning Gurudongmar Lake.

A water colour painting of Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim

Water colour painting on Campap paper
Size 5.5" X 8"

For this particular work, I decided to photograph the initial stages of the painting. I have used a very limited palette for this painting. The initial drawing that I do is very light and I use a normal HB pencil for the same. I avoid erasing as it disturbs the surface fibres on the paper.

Step by step water colour painting of Gurudongmar Lake

Step 1. Wet on wet technique, sky and mountains, 
using Winsor and Newton Ultramarine blue, Cerulean blue
 and Alizarin Crimson.

Step by step water colour painting of Gurudongmar Lake

Step 2.  Created the mountains in the Middleground using Raw Sienna,
Ultramarine blue, Indian red and Burnt Sienna ( Camlin brand )

In the final stage I created the lake waters, which are reflection of colours of the sky ie Ultramarine blue and Cerulean blue. For the shadows on the snow I have used a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson colour.

Hope you have enjoyed going through my blog. It feels great to be painting and blogging and thanks to my blog, I am getting connected with people who are as passionate about art as me. If you love water colour medium, do browse through the works of Joseph Zbukvik, Alvaro Castagnet and Keiko Tanabe to name a few. All these world famous master water colorists have a style of their own and it is a pleasure watching their works.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Soft pastel painting

"In nature, light creates the colour. In painting, colour creates the light."Hans Hoffman

Pastels is a vibrant dry medium and I got into using it a few years back. I started with Camlin and Mungyo and then went on to purchase Koh-I-Noor and Gallery too. My latest brand in pastel collection is Sennelier which is very very expensive, however it is very soft and creamy and has deep rich colours. I have not used it much but plan to do so soon as the last and final layer on my paintings.

My today's post is an old work, a scene .from Mahabaleshwar which I created a some time back. Evaluating older paintings has become a norm and I always find a few mistakes here and there. So I touched up this painting with Sennelier pastels and was satisfied with the final results. 

Subjects such as these ie "Forest scenes" with winding pathways appeal to me a lot. I also get inspired by the sunlight that perforates through the foliage to lighten up the pathway at places. The light that falls on all the elements of the nature defines the form and shape and with every painting that we do we learn to see and observe.  

A soft pastel painting of a landscape by Manju Panchal

Light at the distance
A soft pastel painting on Canson MT paper
Size 8"X 12"

The greens in the landscape are always the biggest challenge and it continues to intimidate me. This colour along with blue is so predominant that it can be a mystery which gets tricky to solve. The only solution I find is to continue painting, have a keen observation and with time and experience it all gets better. 

I created a post on "The papers I use for my soft pastel artworks" in May, 2016 wherein I have written in detail about my experience with different papers before shortlisting the ones that I use today.  

Thank you for visiting my blog and CLICK HERE to browse through my gallery of paintings in other mediums as well. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Pangong lake, Ladakh

"The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth." Marlee Matlin

That's a meaningful quote which reminds us to take care of the beautiful natural world around us.  

Pangong lake in Ladakh is a stunning lake surrounded by snow capped mountains. I created a small water colour painting of this lake yesterday on Strathmore water colour paper

To get the beautiful shades of blue in the lake I have used Winsor and Newton cotman colours namely cerulean blue and ultramarine blue. For most of my water colour artworks I am presently using a mix of Camlin and Winsor and Newton, Palette.

Water colour painting of Pangong lake in Ladakh, on Strathmore paper

Pangong Lake, Ladakh
Water colour painting on Strathmore paper
Size 5.5" X  8"

My art is deeply influenced by the beauty of the natural world around us and places such as above continue to inspire me to pursue my art journey. Escaping into the world of art is my idea of meditation. It keeps me busy and happy.

If you wish to attend any of my art workshops you can write a mail to me and I shall get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for visiting my blog and please take a moment to leave a comment.

CLICK HERE to browse through my available paintings.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Portrait drawing using Cretacolour and Camlin graphite pencil

"Drawing is vision on paper." Andrew Loomis

Graphite is a part of every artist's toolbox. It's affordable and a commonly used medium, yet if used on its own, in the hands of a skillled artist, it can produce breathtaking works of art. The lead in graphite pencils is made from a natural rock that is mined. In fact graphite and diamonds are the only two forms of carbon polymers occurring in nature. ( Courtesy: )

My today's post is another "Portrait study" that I have created using the graphite medium. Graphite pencils are available in different grades ranging from 9H to 9B. H stands for hardness and B for blackness. I have a big collection of different grade pencils but I prefer to use just a few of them. In the portrait as below I have used 2B and 4B Staedtler graphite pencils for the midtones. For the darker tones I have used 8B Cretacolour and 10B Camlin graphite pencils.

Portrait study of an Indian woman created using graphite pencil.

Portrait study 
Graphite/Pencil drawing on Strathmore Gray toned paper
Size 5"X 7"

It is very difficult to obtain true black colour using graphite pencil because when the paper gets saturated by several layers of graphite, it tends to give a glare. Therefore one can use charcoal as a final layer to create further darkness, however I have avoided using charcoal in the above work. For the highlights I have used Conte and Cretacolour white pastel pencil.

Like charcoal, pencil drawings too tend to smudge. Hence I cover it with a sheet of butter paper before storing it neatly in a folder. A question that I am frequently asked regarding my charcoal and pastel works is whether I use a fixative in the final stages of the artwork. I have a "Winsor and Newton"fixative with me but I rarely use it on my artworks. 

CLICK HERE to browse through some of my graphite drawings in my sketchbook.

Thanks a lot for browsing through my artworks.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Graphite Pencil Portrait on toned paper

"How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You are not capturing it, you are interpreting it." Juliette Aristides

My today's post is a graphite "Portrait study work" on Strathmore toned paper which I started almost a week back. I am working with graphite medium after a long gap of time. It is interesting to get back to a medium that you have used in the past. Every medium has its own advantages. Pencil is a drawing tool that we all have used as kids when we were growing up. 

I have a miscellaneous collection of pencils but for this particular portrait drawing I decided to use the following three,
  1. Cretacolour 8B graphite pencil ( Purchased from )
  2. Camlin 10B graphite pencil ( Very dark shade )
  3. Staedtler 2B and 4B graphite pencils
I enjoyed working with graphite pencil on Strathmore paper. This paper has a very smooth texture as compared to my usual Canson MT toned paper. However for portrait drawing it seems quite a prefect choice.

Portrait study on Strathmore gray toned paper using graphite pencil

Portrait study work
using graphite pencil
on Strathmore Gray toned paper
Size 5"X 7"

I am working on yet another portrait drawing on Strathmore paper and I shall post it once completed.
My works can also be seen in a gallery format on INSTAGRAM. On instagram, I am getting to meet many different artists and I would love to write a post about them and their works.

If you are into water colour medium then visit the Instagram page of artists Sadhu Aliur and Bijay Biswaal. The water colour works by both these artists are amazing. 

Thanks for visiting my blog and browsing through my works.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Water colour painting on hand made paper

"The beautiful is in the nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it." Gustave Courbet

A quick water colour study of my favorite subject "Seashore" on hand made paper. I picked up this particular paper from "Himalaya Stationery" at Fort, Mumbai. It is a pure white paper, cold pressed and works great for landscape paintings.

Some time back I met an artist who highly recommended "Chitrapat hand made paper" for water colour paintings. At that point of time I was unable to find any information about this paper on the net. However recently while browsing through the net I came across two online sites which are selling these papers. CLICK HERE to see further details.

I may not purchase the Chitrapat paper immediately as I have a big collection of miscellaneous papers and I am already working with each one of them in order to settle down with the one which works best for my kind of techniques.

A water colour painting of a seashore at Langkawi, on hand made paper

Water colour painting on hand made paper
Size 6" X 8"

These days I am working out a balance between my "Landscape paintings" and "Portrait drawings". Generally I finish my landscape paintings at one go, however with my portrait drawing I take frequent breaks.

As of now two of my graphite portrait drawings are in progress. After spending a few hours on a portrait, I normally keep it aside so that when I look at it with fresh mind I can clearly see the areas where I need to work on. This always helps. So a portrait takes much longer time to complete.

Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and browsing through my artworks.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Portrait drawing on Strathmore toned paper

"The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create the reality of the same intensity."
Alberto Giacometti

Strathmore 400 series Toned Gray paper is working for me. I am enjoying doing portraits on them. It is a 118 gsm, acid free paper, and is excellent for creating white highlights and dark shadows using graphite and charcoal. So far I have been using this paper for my charcoal and white pastel drawings. However I do plan using graphite pencil for creating my next portrait.

Today I am posting a "Portrait drawing" of a young and beautiful girl, with the traditional white bangles on her hand. She is waiting for the celebrations to begin, all dressed up and ready.

A charcoal and white pastel pencil portrait drawing on Strathmore gray toned paper

Looking pretty
A charcoal and white pastel drawing
Size 5.5" X 7"

I love doing both "Portraits" and "Landscapes". I do not want to give up on any one of them. It gets very difficult at times to keep pace with both these subjects, but my passion for each of them helps me keep the balance. 

Thanks for visiting my blog and if you wish to purchase any of my works, you can mail me at and I shall get back to you as soon as possible.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Milind Mulick and his water colour paintings

Milind Mulick - An artist who inspires me.

Art brings happiness into my life. To paint on a regular basis I need to stay motivated and this motivation at times comes from browsing through the works of other artists. I admire a lot many artists and hence, through my blog I am making an attempt to share some beautiful works by world famous artists. My last post was on Leonardo Da Vinci, a master artist from the Renaissance period. Today I am posting about a renowned water colour artist from Pune, Milind Mulick.

Milind Mulick is the son of a well known illustrator and painter, Mr Pratap Mulick. He has been drawing since the age of five and started painting water colour landscapes at the age of thirteen.
After completing his degree in Engineering, later in life he shifted to his passion art, creating stunning artworks mostly in water colour medium.

Milind Mulick's paintings are in the collection of many private individuals and a few Corporate houses in India, USA, Europe as well as Japan and Singapore. Vibrancy of colours and an ability to capture the essence of the subject are the hallmark of his paintings.


I am posting below some of the water colour paintings by Milind Mulick which are my personal favorites. The cityscapes, the seascapes, the fields and a portrait work.

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

A water colour painting by Milind Mulick

Jyotsana Prakashan has uploaded some videos where you can watch the water colour paintings being created by this great artist.

If you wish to read one of Milind Mulick's interviews which was taken by a Russian artist Konstantin Sterkhov , CLICK HERE. 

I recently happened to purchase a book by Milind Mulick, on a very challenging subject "Perspective". Be it nature or portrait drawing, knowing perspective helps a great deal. The book has all the information required in a very simplified manner and I refer to it as and when required.
You can find more of his books on sites like AMAZON.

A book on Perspective by Milind Mulick.

A book on Perspective by Milind Mulick.

Thank you for visiting my blog. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Arto Campap paper - Water colour study

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein

A beautiful quote by Einstein. I am a great admirer of all his quotes which are so very meaningful. 

My today's painting is a 5.5"X 7.5" water colour painting which I have tried on Arto Campap paper. It is a beautiful beach scene that I came across while I was holidaying in Goa. I had to work on the rocky landscape and the bushes on the right, which when combined together, it got a bit challenging. So for my next painting I may bring about some change of technique to tackle this situation. I call it the step by step learning process. 

I have also added two small figures in the distance using a rigger brush. There are no details and it is created using simple vertical brush strokes. Adding figures in a landscape adds to the story. I paint a particular scene because I enjoyed being present there. Through my artwork I am trying to capture those moments, the mood, the atmoshpere. The painting may evoke some other memories in the viewer's mind and that becomes his/her story. 

A water colour study of a seashore from Goa on Arto Campap paper

Walking on the sand
Water colour painting on Arto Campap paper
Size 5.5" X 7.5"

If you love creating water colour paintings, you must browse through works of Milind Mulick, Ananta Mandal, Rajkumar Sthabathy Bijay Biswaal, Ramesh Jhawar to name a few.

If you are into water colour paintings I would love to know about the papers and colours used by you. Thanks for visiting my blog and any comments shall be appreciated.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Charcoal Drawing Sketch book

"I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing." Vincent Van Gogh

Posting two of my recent charcoal drawings in my "Charcoal sketch book" using charcoal pencil, willow charcoal and kneaded eraser. This particular sketch book has a history. I created it in Sept 2015, when I was travelling. At that moment I was looking for a book with butter paper in between for protecting my study works from smudging. When I did not find one, I went on to create one myself. CLICK HERE to read more about this book.

 By creating these small value studies, I get to simplify the landscape that I am working on. Now that my preliminary drawing is done and I am happy with the design, composition and placement of values, I can go ahead and recreate these paintings in a larger format in any medium that I desire.

A Charcoal drawing sized 4"X 5" in my charcoal drawing sketch book

A seashore at Langkawi
Size 4"X 5"

A Charcoal drawing sized 4"X 5" in my charcoal drawing sketch book

A scene from West Sikkim
Size 4" X 5"

Painting is fun but as mentioned in the quote as above by Vincent Van Gogh, the pleasure of getting back to simple drawings is something cannot be described in words. Another beautiful quote which speaks of significance of drawing is "Drawing is the bones of art. You have to be able to walk before you can run."Dion Archibald

Check out my "ART WORKSHOP" page to know about some of my upcoming workshops in this month and October.

Thanks you all for browsing through my artworks.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A beach at Maldives

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." 
Albert Einstein

Maldives is known for its stunning beaches. The site "VISIT MALDIVES" describes it as "Where the sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun waits to engulf you in their arms."

My today's painting is created with reference to a photograph shared by a friend who recently visited Maldives and I am grateful to her for the same. In fact she sent me a couple of photographs but I chose this one to begin with as I was fascinated by the interesting patterns of shadows cast by the foliage of the tree.

An original water colour painting of a beach at Maldives on Fabriano paper by Indian artist Manju Panchal

The Silence
Water colour painting on Fabriano paper
Size 8.5" X 11.5"

The greens continue to intimidate me and in this painting too I have tried different permutations and combinations to arrive at the final results. Colour mixing is a challenge and it will take some practical experience to understand the whole process. For every painting that I begin, I try out some new colours on a test paper so that my palette gets a little different with time.

As an artist I am always looking for inspiration and now that I have regularly started posting in INSTAGRAM, I am fortunately getting to know some great artists around the world who inspire me further to pursue my passion for art.

Thanks for browsing through my artworks. Any comments would be appreciated.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Leonardo Da Vinci

"The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands." Leonardo Da Vinci

My today's post is about the world famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci whose drawings, paintings and other artworks have inspired artists around the world.

Leonardo Da Vinci ( 1452 - 1519 ) was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance who is known for his enduring works "The Last Supper" and the "Mona Lisa". He was a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer and draftsman and the epitome of "Renaissance man". With a curious mind and keen intellect, Da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work. His ideas and body of work have influenced countless artists around the world.

Posted below are a few drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci which covers diverse subjects such as portraits, head study, anatomy drawings, machinery drawings and still life drawing. Every work is a masterpiece and it is such a pleasure to browse through each one of them.

Leonardo's study of nature and anatomy emerged in his stunningly realistic paintings, and his dissections of the human body paved the way for remarkable accurate figures. All in all, Leonardo believed that the artist must know not just the rules of the perspective, but all the laws of nature. The eye, he believed was the perfect instrument for learning these laws, and the artist the perfect person to illustrate them.

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Head of a girl

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Study for the head of Leda 1505 - 7

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Self portrait

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Head of a young woman

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Cross bow machine

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Water lifting devices

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Woman's head

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Study of hands

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Skull study

Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

Heart and its blood vessels

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Drawing of drapery

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Head of a man

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Profile of an old man

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci

Anatomical studies of the shoulder

Drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci

Drawing of a botanical study

Drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci

Black berries

Browsing through artworks created by world famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci is a great way of starting the day. Who will not get inspired by such brilliant works? 

When I am not painting, I take out time on a regular basis to go through the works of artists I admire. I shall be posting about some more artists very soon.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Water colour painting of a seashore from Langkawi island, Malaysia

"Because watercolour actually moves on the paper, it is the most active of all mediums, almost a performance art." Nita Engle

The above quote truly states the beauty of water colour medium. It is a very challenging medium. I start with a very definite plan, create a small study sketch and then I paint the whole scene in my mind before I actually begin my work. But somehow you can never control the process completely. In water colour painting, I feel, art just happens. One has to be quick with the brush and the flow. It all gets over even before you know it. Water colour is fun and I am loving every moment of it.

My today's painting is inspired by a beautiful beach that we came across while we were at Langkawi island, Malaysia. It was very quiet. There were not many tourists around. The shadows of the trees, branches and the foliage mingled with the ocean waves gently crashing at the shore. I spent some great moments at this stunning beach. Through this painting, I have tried to capture those moments.

"In every outthrust of headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth." Rachel Carson. Beautiful quote.

The shadows at the beach
Water colour painting on Fabriano CP paper
Size 8.5" X 11.5" 

The tree foliage in this painting was a challenge. Creating it as study work in a small sketchbook comes easy as I am more free with the brush movements. However, when I am doing a bigger size work such as above, the brush strokes kind of get a little restricted. May be it is the fear of making a mistake. With time and experience I shall be doing more loose and free brush movements which in turn will bring out some happy outcomes. Until then, I shall continue my water colour journey painting different subjects.

.CLICK HERE to view a soft pastel painting of a beach from Langkawi.

Thank you for visiting my blog and browsing through my works.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Making small changes in an "Old Portrait Artwork"

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do." Leonardo Da Vinci

While browsing through some of my old artworks, I came across the portrait of a young woman which I had created last year on Canson Mi Teintes paper. It was meant to be a simple study work. I looked at it for a few minutes, analyzing and evaluating it and then got tempted to make a few changes.This happens all the time. You begin to see little faults in older works.

Posted below is the "Portrait" after a little touch up with General white pastel pencil and Camel charcoal pencil.

Portrait drawing on toned paper

Portrait study work
Charcoal and white pastel drawing on Canson MT paper
Size 5" X 7"

I am very fond of Canson MT paper and use it a lot for my soft pastel paintings and portrait artworks. Of late I have started using Strathmore toned paper too. The Strathmore paper has comparatively a smooth surface, nevertheless with a change of pencil I get the effect that I desire.

Thank you for browsing through my artworks.