3 Sep 2011

Bathing Ghat

Bathing Ghat - Oil Painting on Canvas

I picked up this scene from Edwin Lord Weeks' collections. I liked the mood set of an ordinary daily life near this ghat. The half-clad ladies, the boat man, the building behind - everything is set at its own pace, none appears to be hurrying in their daily chores. 

I had a new romantic song (a good combo of melody + taal) playing in the background while doing this one. Fortunately it was set to the repeat mode and that's when I discovered listening to the same music in the background sustains the attention and mood while painting. Also, this was the first time I understood how fantastic it feels to paint light and shades. 

This painting was selected for a display at Musuem theatre, Chennai by the Evam group. Though I wasn't able to go with my painting personally, they were kind enough to display a print of the painting. 

1 Sep 2011

Bathing Ghat 2

Bathing ghat - Oil Painting on Canvas

This picture was another admirable one from the Edwin Lord Weeks' collections. Yet another chance to paint water! Painting water is a great relaxation. It takes me to the elements of real water. 

Painting reflections - one of my favourite subjects! There is no definitive outline that a reflection needs to carry and the waviness and transparency that a reflection portrays makes it unique from all other subjects.

The pot! I liked it better than the ladies :) Its copper colour, the sunlight glare and the shadow were new and interesting to me.

The old wall in the background - though it's just a plain surface without depth, it has an artistic design  created by the marks left by the rain water leaks and the faded wall paint here and there.