Monday 25 November 2019

A Thumbnail sketch of a tree using soft pastel medium

" Learn character from trees, values from roots and change from leaves." Tasneem Hameed

Thumbnail sketch is a reduced version of the final painting which I plan to create in future. It is called a thumbnail sketch because it is meant to be small, for ex 3” X 4” OR 4” X 5”. I generally prefer to go by the size 4” X 5” size.

In the past I was not aware about creating these small study works and would directly get into painting the final size. As a result, many a times after completing the work I would realize that

-Composition was flawed
-Supporting elements were not supporting
-Depth was lacking
-Tonal values inappropriate etc

It gets pretty difficult to make changes in a painting once it is complete. Hence these days I have made it a habit to follow my ritual of creating a "Thumbnail sketch" before starting the actual final painting.

To Summarize, I feel the advantages of creating “Thumbnail Sketches” are many such as,
  • It helps visualize the final painting
  • Helps to explore the effects of adding and subtracting elements from the painting 
  • It’s a mental warm up
  • Helps save a lot of time and effort
  • A great planning tool
  • Helps simplify a complicated scene

Today's post is a small study of a beautiful ancient tree in one of the coastal roads leading to Majorda beach in Goa. I knew it then and there that I would paint this tree some day. As of now I have only created a small study to simplify the tree trunk, the branches and the background. Some day later, I can refer to this creation in order to create a bigger version of the same painting.

Thumbnail sketch of a tree using a reference photograph from Goa

The reference photo above along with the thumbnail sketch.

Thumbnail sketch of an old banyan tree on Canson Mi Teintes paper, by Indian artist Manju Panchal

A soft pastel thumbnail sketch of "A Tree"
On Canson Mi Teintes paper
Size 3” X 4.5”

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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Pastel landscape on Canson Mi Teintes Touch paper

" Choose only one master - Nature " Rembrandt

Today’s post is one of my recent landscape paintings on Canson Mi Teintes Touch paper ( Purchased from Art Lounge ). We were traveling on the coastal road of South Goa, when we suddenly came across this road turn which had some dense growth of ancient trees around. The scene also had the perfect light and contrast, and I also fell in love with the hanging tree roots.

I decided to capture this scene using soft pastel medium. I primarily use Mungyo and Kohinoor Toison Dor in the initial layers and give the final touches of Sennelier pastels. ( Purchased from ). Apart from using pastel chalks, I also use Derwent and Kohinoor soft pencils in the end to create thin branches, roots, grasses etc.

A soft pastel landscape painting on Canson Mi Teintes Touch paper by Indian artist Manju Panchal

"On the coastal road in Goa"
Soft pastel painting on Canson Mi Teintes Touch paper
Size 5" X 7"

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Sunday 3 November 2019

Sailed out - A water color painting on Chitrapat handmade paper

"Watercolor with all its subtle color and value gradations and its many welcome surprises, is the perfect medium for capturing mood.” Ray Hendershot

 The watercolor painting that I am posting today has been inspired by a photograph taken by my husband while he was at "The Bund", in Shanghai. There were a few more shipping vessels in the vicinity but I decided to keep just one in order to get a better composition.

It’s a morning scene, with a little warmth in the sky and a few clouds scattered across. A small cargo vessel is headed towards its next destination. This painting to me is the story of this shipping vessel and it’s journey ahead. 

A water color painting on Chitrapat paper by Manju Panchal

“Sailed Out”
A water colour painting on Chitrapat handmade paper 
Size 7” X 10”

For the above artwork I have used Chitrapat paper and Camlin Artists watercolor tubes
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