Friday 21 March 2014

Landscape in soft pastels by Manju Panchal

This landscape painting is from my reference photograph from Madikeri, ie COORG, beautiful hill station about 5 hrs drive from Banglore city. The photograph was taken during one of our morning walks when we were trying to explore the area. The lush greenery and the beauty of the place is enchanting. I was fascinated by the light at the end of the pathway where it suddenly took a steep curve, and I remember taking the photograph then with the intention of making a painting out of it someday. Finally I have done it and I am so glad that this happened.

landscape painting in soft pastels by manju panchal

 Walk along the Pathway
Landscape in soft pastels
Size 15"X 19" ( including the mountboard )
Available for sale

Monday 17 March 2014

Water colour paintings - Banana leaves by Manju Panchal

The two water colour paintings as given below decorate one of my bedroom walls. 
Both are done using camel artists water colour tubes on acid free paper.

water colour painting of banana leaf by manju panchal

water colour painting of banana leaf by manju panchal

Both are of size 12" X 14" ( including frame )

Thursday 13 March 2014

Thumbnail sketches at tea time by Manju Panchal

Thumbnail sketches

Normally during my evening tea time, I get the strong evening sunrays which fall on objects lying around in the kitchen. I make use of this oppourtunity to do a few thumbnail sketches. I have done one in water colour too. I believe that drawing and sketching is the most important exercise in art. the more we draw and sketch the more we understand the forms and shapes of objects around us.

thumbnail sketch of an apple by manju panchal

thumbnail sketch of still life by manju panchal

thumbnail sketch of still life by manju panchal

thumbnail sketch of still life by manju panchal

When I am doing these rough sketches I am not looking for too many details. I just kind of do the basic shapes and observe the values and tones. It is a fun filled experience which of course adds to my knowledge
a big way. 

Shree yantra - soft pastel painting by Manju Panchal

Created few paintings in charcoals and soft pastels for a very good friend of mine
about three years back, who is a lot into yoga and meditation. She needed these works
 as it has a lot of significance in terms of spirituality and meditation. I personally enjoyed
doing each work for her.

charcoal paiintings done by Manju Panchal

Set of three charcoal works
done on canson paper.

shree yantra painting in soft pastels by Manju Panchal

Shree Yantra
Soft pastel works on Fabriano paper
Size 28" X 28" ( including frame )

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Portraits of Rajasthani women - ( old works ) by Manju Panchal

Discovered some old acrylic and water colour paintings in the storage.
Given below is the print of an acrylic painting, the original of which got sold some years back.

acrylic painting of rajasthani woman by Manju Panchal

Portrait of a woman
Size 9.75" X 9.75" ( including frame )

Another portrait done in watercolours.
This particular painting was done using watercolours
on an acid free paper

water colour painting of a portrait by Manju Panchal

Portrait of an old lady
watercolour on acid free paper
Size 4" X 5"

Sunday 2 March 2014

DIY - oil and turpentine container

These days I have been a lot into recycling waste and creating something useful out of it. 
Created two different container sets for holding oil and turpentine which are used for 
oil paintings. Very easy to make and convenient too.

1. Plastic measuring caps come attached to many different syrup bottles
and are easily available at home. Just apply glue using glue gun
and attach them together.

2. Most medicine bottles come with a metal cap. Do not throw them. Instead
glue them together and use as oil and turpentine container.

Glue gun
Watch you tube video to see how it works.

Easily available in stationery shops I purchased mine from Parle Book centre
but it is also available at ART STATION The shop at 4 bunglows. I have already added 
a post about this shop.

Saturday 1 March 2014

Metal flask - thumbnail sketch

Made this thumbnail sketch of a metallic flask on a grey paper
using white pastel pencil, white soft pastel chalk,
and camel charcoal pencil.

Metal flask
size 4" X 5"

This kind of a quick study sketch normally takes around twenty minutes or so
and is very helpful in getting the values right.