Monthly Archives: September 2013

watercolours done last month

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So, I was talking earlier about using complementary colours to create depth in a painting- as gleaned from umpteen tutorials by other far more experienced artists, and I think these were better than last years. I see alot more depth in the paintings.

The flower is from a pic taken in Ooty, I think it was growing on a stone compound wall. The apple I ate soon after painting it! And the house was in Ladakh (pic taken years ago) seen on the road from Leh to Kargil, if I remember right.

This is again on cartridge (130gsm) which as I learnt is too thin for watercolours. Apparently I should be ideally using 300gsm, but found only expensive imported stuff online, which I’ve decided to afford only when I get better! However I did score some seemingly good (and thick) handmade paper yesterday, so let’s see how that works.

Tara.

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ImageWatercolours I did earlier (2011) – the first is a cattleshed in Lokkere village (Bandipur) from a pic taken while volunteering with Junglescapes.

The second is my cat, the crazy ‘Monkey’ who always imagines she can fit into spaces smaller than herself and miraculously… manages!

The 3rd is St. Stephen’s Church, Ooty.

All are done on crummy cartridge paper again (though this one’s thicker than what I used for the colour pencil stuff). My understanding of using complementary colours for shadows was abysmal, so these look kinda flat. Not so happy with them.

Tara.

older attempts

getting back in the groove

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After a long hiatus, I decided to get back to sketching and painting, so after trawling through the youtube vids for tips and things I may have missed last time around, I figured I would start with some basic still life┬ástudies of things lying around the house to understand light/ shadow and tonal values, which I didn’t do so great with before. These are the initial attempts using my set of 48 Staedtler Luna colour pencils on ordinary cartridge paper. Though I realised later this particular lot was too thin.

Tara.