Thursday 30 January 2014

Ship sailing in the ocean - Charcoal Painting by Manju Panchal

This Charcoal painting got sold some time back. One of my initial works in charcoal done on scholar drawing paper. I do not have a clear image of the painting, but I have edited it and given a frame around it using Aviary App.

charcoal painting of sail ship in ocean by Manju Panchal

Size of Painitng 12" X 18"
Ship sailing through the sea

The original painting has been sold with a black mountboard around it
followed by a thin black fibreboard frame.
I get inspired by looking at my own works done in the past. Reminds me of
all the patience and hardwork that went in making each of charcoal

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Three charcoal works

Three charcoal works put together on the wall. All are still life works. Two lime with its shadow, a cup
and an earthen pot on table with grapes.

Charcoal sketchings done on Fabriano paper.

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Sunday 26 January 2014

Lord Ganesha - Acrylic Paintings

Lord Ganesha , the Hindu God is worshipped on many religious and secular occasions; especially at the beginning of ventures such as buying a vehicle or starting a business.K.N. Somayaji says, "there can hardly be a [Hindu] home [in India] which does not house an idol of Ganapati. [..] Ganapati, being the most popular deity in India, is worshipped by almost all castes and in all parts of the country". Devotees believe that if Ganesha is propitiated, he grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity.

( Above extract on Lord Ganesha -COURTESY : WIKIPEDIA )

Acrylic paintings on canvas
Both Painitngs are SOLD

But If you like them , then similar works can be created.
write at and I will get back to you.

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Friday 24 January 2014

Pomengranate - still life

Single pomengranate done in soft pastels. I had placed the pomengranate on a table, the sunlight from the window fell on the right of the fruit and created a beautiful shadow on the left.  I changed the background colour to create the colour harmony.( originally the table was brown and the wall behind was offwhite ).
After the painting had completed I added the water drops in the front.

size 6" X 6"
Pomengranate in soft pastels

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Portraits - Rural women ( Sold works )

Images of Four paintings I did a couple of years ago. All are done in acrylic on canvas. This was a
series where I tried to capture the expression's on the face. I havn't done portrait for quite some
time now.May do one very soon. All works are of size 6" X 6".

Tuesday 21 January 2014

The White on black

This is another painting of mine where I used white pastel pencil and white soft pastel chalk to get the different values of the objects in still life work. The darkest value ie black was the paper itself , so I avoided using any whites there.

Soft Pastel work on black fabriano paper
Size 12" X 14" ( Without frame )

This painting is unframed. I have used the Aviary Photo Editor to add the frame to enhance the looks.

Friday 17 January 2014

Mini charcoal sketches ( still life )

The sketches done below are on ordinary grey chart paper which is slightly textured. Hence
I decided  to do quick small sketches on it to study light and shadow  effect. I did
not spend too  much time adding details. Twenty minutes on each of them. I have
 used white pastel pencil, black camel charcoal pencil, white pastel chalk
 to do them. When I do  not have enough time to do a big piece of work
and yet want to do some art work in the day then I do these mini sketches.

Both of them are about 4" X 5" in size.
I love doing the mini sketches as it completes fast and gives me a
great deal of satisfaction.

Mungyo Pastels

This is one of my initial works in pastels.( around four years back ) It is framed in glass  so I have tilted my paiinting to take the image in order to avoid any reflections. 

size 6" X 6" 
Soft pastels

I had this set of square MUNGYO pastels with me and I tried out works on plain grey
chart paper. Found them good. Medium soft and reasonable to start with. Easily
available in art shops in INDIA.

Thursday 16 January 2014

Perched on the tree - another charcoal painting.

Another bird done in charcoal. From my old collection. When I initially started working in
Charcoal, I used only Scholar drawing paper. Much later I experimented with other papers
and presently I use Canson ca grain a lot.

Looking around.
Charcoal sketching on scholar drawing paper

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Bird in flight - charcoal work

This charcoal painting has been done in the year 1997 . A bird in flight. The wings spread out.
High above in the air. Viewing the world below.
 One of my favourites.

Charcoal painting on scholar drawing paper

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Interesting Quotes

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” 

"If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there” 

Acrylic painting of a Beach scene by Manju Panchal

Acrylic Paintings are good to work with and the biggest advantage is that it dries up quickly and
one can see the end result immediately. Also from my experience I know that none of my acrylic 
paintings , some of which are as old as twenty odd years, have ever caught fungus. They are
still as bright and good as ever.

BUT the biggest disadvantage is that because it dries quickly blending becomes extremely tricky
and difficult especially if the subject is PORTRAITS or REALISTIC Still life works.

acrylic painting of a seashore by manju Panchal

Beautiful seashore
Framed size 13" X 15"
Acrylic on canvas
Available for sale

This is a recent work done by me. I have used Camel Artist's acrylic colours on canvas.

Tools used for charcoal sketching

I normally use the following tools as shown in the image to create my charcoal works.

A......................... Camel compressed charcoal stick
B..........................Normal Eraser
C.........................Kneaded putty ( to pick up the extra charcoal dust )
D........................Camlin soft charcoal pencil
E.........................KOHINOOR HARDSMUTH GIOCONDA extra charcoal pencil
F.........................Paper stump for blending
G.........................Soft Cloth for blending large portions

I also use charcoal powder at places when necessary, but I have not put it in the image above

Hope this information is useful to all those who are interested in art.

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Waterfall in charcoal

One of my recent works done in charcoal. It is done on canson 220 gsm paper.
Spent almost fifty hours in making it.

Charcoal Painting on canson paper
Size 13" X 22"

Another waterfall in charcoal, but on FAVINI paper 220gsm

Size 8" X 10"
Charcoal Painting

This particular waterfall is from Iceland. I used a reference photo for the same.

Pastel painting of two apples by Manju Panchal

Another Soft Pastel work

These two apples were lying on the table and the composition looked too good. So I remember having
done this on Fabrano white paper ( Normally I always use a coloured paper for all my pastel works )
The apples had a dark brown background of the table on which they were placed but i decided
to change the background to suit the apples.

soft pastel painting of two apples by Manju Panchal

Side by side
Soft Pastel work
Size 8" X 10"

soft pastel painting of garlic by manju Panchal

Garlic by itself
soft pastel work

This is one of  my initial works in soft pastels size 6" X 6". It is done on 
Fabriano paper.( green shade ) I have not framed it, so it is in a glassine packing. 
Hence you can see a bit of reflection on the
upper left. now that I have finally started the blog I am going through this
 tedious process of photographing and then editing the photograph.

“Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

Monday 13 January 2014

Pomengranate - soft pastel painting by Manju Panchal

I ventured into soft pastels about four years back. I fell in love with this medium. The pure pigments in the colour with very less binder make the painting very bright and colourful. I have used KOH -I - NOOR
soft pastels to create this pastel work on Canson Mi Tentes paper.

Still life - pomengranate
Size 6" X 6"
Soft Pastels on canson paper.

I love reading quotations. So thought of adding one to every post.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Albert Einstein

Mini Kitchen paintings ( still life )

A collection of 6" X 6" canvas paintings of fruits and vegetables .
I enjoy painting the size 6" X 6" canvas. It finishes fast and is a great experience in handling
composition, colours, values, perspective etc.

6" X 6" canvas still life paintings by manju Panchal

I decided to use this arrangement of display on my kitchen wall where it is put up even now. It adds 
so much of colour to the atmosphere. ( some are done in acrylic, others are in oils ). Most of these
paintings have been done over a period of last fifteen years.

Water colour painting of 3 horses

Water colour painting by Manju Panchal

I have been dabbling in paints since childhood. It has been fun to be involved with colours. I am posting some of my old works to begin with. The painting of 3 horses below is done in Camel artists watercolours. I did it may be somewhere is 1991. It still decorates one of the walls of my house. I referred to a chinese painting to do this one.

water colour painting by Manju Panchal

Three running horses.
Watercolour Painting ( Handmade Paper )

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