Sunday, November 25, 2012


                                                    Water color on paper

Here's my contribution to The Adora Art Project started by lovely lil' Adora's father. It's interesting to see over 490 original artworks based on the little girl published on her blog. She has a wish list of over 300 interesting ideas for the artists to choose from. I somehow found my inspiration in this photograph..

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oil Study - 2, Pomegranate

                                           oil on canvas, 8"x10" (approx)

The water wasn't a part of my initial set up but there was too much negative space to deal with, so added water and reflections to it. It also is the part I most enjoyed painting. It was easier to paint water since I was more observant while painting it. I realized I have a tendency to paint what I know instead of what I see. Oh, and I had a hard time saving the pomegranates from my brother. There's a box full of these but for some reason these three interested him the most. He seemed to have as much fun spoiling my set up as I had painting it!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Self portrait

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Water color on paper

Painting a self portrait isn't easy! This has been the toughest portrait I've ever painted. Never mind the eyes, I still achieved the likeness I aimed for and it was testified by the friends and family who instantly recognized it as me. Mission accomplished! :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pages from my Greece journal

I haven't posted in a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been painting, just couldn't take time out to post or maybe I've been lazy. It's been quite a busy month, there were a lot of fun moments and there had been some miss-happenings too. Oh, and the imaginary trip is still on too, after Ireland it's Greece now! This time it's quite a large group and the phrase "the more the merrier" couldn't have been proved better! we are having so much fun here. Here are two pages from my Greece journal.

                                                        Water color on paper

A value study in oil

                                                  Oil on canvas 8"x10" (approx)

Every time I used the metal vessel or the container, I said to myself, I would love to paint it some day. So when I decided to do a value study these were my obvious choice for objects. I added the garlic to balance the composition.The challenge in this study was to get the vessel to read as metal and the container as porcelain. Considering the size of the painting, I am satisfied with what I've achieved here and, am ready to move on to the next study.


Sunday, May 6, 2012


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                                                    Watercolor on paper

Not that I don't keep painting children otherwise, I was tempted to paint one after watching Satyamev.. couldnt sit through the whole program though.. Here's to the little girls who bring so much happiness to the world!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Celebrating Motherhood

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                                                  8"x12" Watercolor

I quite liked the sketch, so as I held the brush and looked down at it, I told myself if I spoil this I have another paper. It works!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In Trance

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                                                 Water color on paper

I know it was quite ambitious of me to choose this to be my second portrait in watercolor, but I so wanted to paint it.  There were lot of learnings and as always saving whites was a struggle, and ofcourse water is just so uncontrollable! I also missed ultramarine blue as always which I am yet to get. I still would like to make a lot of changes to it, but I have succeeded in consoling myself for the shortcomings by reminding myself that I am still using the student colors and a paper I am not too found of! :)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Broken Cart

It pinches when you end up buying student grade colors for the price of artist grade and the paper either bloats or comes off every time you try to go wet or lift color! Not an excuse for the shortcomings in my work though!  I found this broken discarded cart quite picturesque. The yellows in the field don't look quite as bright as they do in the sketch but I still feel I could have made better use of light.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Guardian Rooster

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My hands have been itching to do a portrait for a while now. Since I 've just started in water color I wasn't sure if I should even attempt it. While I was checking out the pics of one of my contacts on flickr, I found my inspiration. You can check his work out on  I realize portraits is what I really love painting and would love to paint this again in oil.

PS: Looking at the post I realize the yellow on the rooster is a tad dark! Need to lighten it.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A study of glass

Fuchsia was my 1st flower painting. I haven't really painted flowers in oil either and really enjoyed painting it. Had been wondering what to paint next and was reminded of this pic from my sister's album which I had always wanted to paint but couldn't come around to it. This picture was taken by my sis during her vacation in Germany. I found it challenging as I have never painted a glass before. Painting white is challenging too and the only white when you are working with water color is your paper!

 I didn't track the time taken to paint it but I must have taken the longest in drawing the goblet. I had a hard time getting the shape right! The other challenge was saving the whites. I don't have a white pen so couldn't reinstate the highlights.


Blogger Jacques said...
Your paintings have a very personal style because of the high contrast you are using, very unusual in watercolour but very expressive. Nice rendering of the glass, you managed to get a definite transparancy of the glass which is very difficult.
March 18, 2012 2:22 PM
Blogger Mamta said...
Thanks Jacques. I am used to working with oils and still learning to work with water color. Maybe that explains the high contrast in my work.
March 18, 2012 2:53 PM
Blogger Monique said...
I too love your darks and your beautiful colours. The glass is fabulous too, and the flower inside so delicate. Great work!
March 18, 2012 3:08 PM
Blogger Sue Grilli said...
beautiful work with the glass, that is fairly difficult in watercolor.
March 18, 2012 7:49 PM
Blogger Clare said...
This is spectacular. I can't believe how wonderful your glass is! I also love the colors that you used.
March 19, 2012 10:52 AM
Blogger Mamta said...
Thanks everyone! I actually have a very limited palette. I just try to create whatever I can with it.
March 19, 2012 1:32 PM
Blogger Nancy said...
VERY DRAMATIC piece! Love the flowers and the really showed up the glass by putting a dark background. Really beautiful Mamta!
March 19, 2012 8:48 PM
Blogger Laure Ferlita said...
Very well done, Mamta! You've done an excellent job on the glass reflection. Love the way you've built depth in by letting us see a bloom through the glass in the background. I also applaud the artistic license you've used to change the containers on either side to a rich rose color rather than the black in the image. The only place I would suggest change would be in the base of the glass. It almost reads as brass rather than glass. I would suggest adding in some of the blues and greens that would surely be reflected there even if they don't show clearly in the photo reference. Very well done, Mamta!

Friday, March 16, 2012


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Blogger TheAntiquePalette said...
This really zings! Your choice of colors, the background really compliments the fuschia blossoms. A stunner!
March 16, 2012 9:45 AM
Blogger Clare said...
I love the colors that you have used also and the loose feel in your painting. Beautiful work.
March 16, 2012 2:42 PM
Blogger Monique said...
These blooms look so delicate and have wonderful colours!
March 16, 2012 2:57 PM
Blogger Sue said...
The colors are wonderful. The backround really makes the fuchsias pop!
March 16, 2012 5:15 PM
Blogger Sue Grilli said...
looks great, love the colors and how you blended them.
March 18, 2012 7:55 PM
Blogger Laure Ferlita said...
Nicely done, Mamta! The flowers have excellent form and shape. Looks like I could reach out and pick one up. I also love the use of darks in the background to push the flowers forward. The viridian green is making a strong appearance here and you've made it work. Kudos to you for working with your limited palette so well. I do believe the temperature of the greens and background are a little cooler than the plant would normally be, but you've made it sing here. Well done!
March 19, 2012 8:20 PM