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Now for some art…

I love working in acrylics, since it’s a pretty flexible medium. And plus there’s lots of room for error. You can cover up your boo-boos quickly and rework portions you’re unhappy with.

But transparent watercolours, which I’ve been trying to get a hang of lately, is a totally different ballgame.

One error and your whole effort goes down the drain. This particular characteristic hasn’t warmed me to this medium! I’ve been really frustrated the last few months. Besides the fact that I’ve hardly practised. But, never the less, I can’t be blamed for not trying!

This one was done from an actual arrangement (which was also my handiwork 🙂 The yellow gladioli didn’t turn out very well, but I was relatively happy with the red flower and pink flower and the vase. (Flowers, by the way, look deceptively simple, but are tough to paint in watercolours.)

This one was basically an experiment in light and shadow. If you look closely, the shadow of the foliage falls both on the wall and the door creating an interesting effect. Of course, not the best of efforts, but a difficult and interesting subject that needs lotsa practice!

And this one is in acrylics. I particularly like the colour scheme which makes the scene come alive. I’m planning to frame it with a red patti around it, so it looks even more vibrant. Any offers to buy it are welcome. It will really liven up a corridor or a shady nook in your house 🙂


  1. Rinks says

    Hi! Lovely! Can i commission some stuff for our new house? The one you gave me last year definitely goes up on my walls…

    Take care.

  2. anita, i really love your work, esp the door…but i would love to see the hole (in the lower right) in the door not have a black/gray color…maybe a peak inside the house or something.

    the vase looks great in the flower picture as well.

  3. oops that was me…mamatha

    (Posted by anita at March 24, 2004 10:11 PM, should have been:

    Posted by mamatha at March 24, 2004 10:11 PM

  4. Anita, I see the brush does the talking sometimes, and it’s commendable! Keep up the good work!

  5. Ooh, I love the door. I think you actually did quite well with it. Don’t give up on it yet 🙂

    I love the translucent effects of watercolours but I haven’t really practiced with them much and have little skill as yet.

    I’ve been focusing on printmaking. Now lino cut prints– there’s a medium where one little extra scratch can really stuff up the whole piece!

  6. Rinks: Of course, dear! Anything you want 🙂

    Mamatha: Will keep that in mind the next time I paint a broken door. This time I think its too small to see anything through it!

    Thanks for the nice words, Ranjini.

    Gandalf: Thanks 🙂

    Thanks Andrea! I’m still trying it out for another month, until I get back to my favourite medium. I think the effects you can create with them are really great (once you master it!). Print making? That sounds interesting. Are you taking classes or just experimenting with it?

  7. You paint really well, these are really nice! I like the last one with the house, it’s got such nice colours 🙂

  8. chandrasekhar K says

    I like the door. Its nicely composed. The shadows need some work; maybe you’d like to check out some impressionists to see the colours they use for shadows. They usually abstain from darker complicated tones (ie. mixing green and brown, etc.). they use fresher seeming colours like violets, purples, dark blue, etc.

    nice job with watercolours!

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