Venice – City of Romance

Venice - City of Romance

I always had this dream of visiting Venice. “Old Venice” looks do beautiful that its hard to believe it exists!
Well, i did see a lot of couples kissing & hugging or holding hands & walking, but I was lucky enough to spot this cute couple!! ( Afterall photography is all about timing ;))

Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

The SLR magic at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

The basilica is quite ornate and the colours are mesmerizing!Historians note that whenever Venetian vessels returned from the Orient, they brought something for the basilica, be it a frieze, column, or something else from an ancient building elsewhere in the world.

Saint Mark’s Basilica is a monument made unique by both its wealth of history and the magnificence of its façade and interior. In essence, it is a splendid workshop, where, through the centuries, worked great Italian and European artists.
Its distinguishing Byzantine character appears particularly on the great mosaics illustrating St. Marco’s tales, as well as the scenes of the Old and New Testament.

Simple is elegant..

Simple is elegant..

Here is a new simple yet elegant piece of abstract art.
It looks simple but getting the right texture has been really challenging. I have pasted images of the painting against red background to give a feel of how it would look on a RED wall :)). Honestly the painting is pretty simple but the red wall enhances its look.

“Sometimes people around you can get the best out of you”

Inner Peace – The Om effect!


The ‘Om’ painting which adorns mine & the Holmberg’s wall!

My mind was flooded with all kinds of thoughts and I felt restless. All I could think about was my office work. Finally I just closed my eyes and tried to meditate; ‘peace’ was something which I needed very badly at the moment.
I tried to think of all the possible things which would help calm my restless mind. It is said that you should look at spiritual or soothing images when you are in turmoil. It helps calm your mind and you can then think clearly. And the painting above did exactly that. It has after all one of the most sacred symbols; ‘OM’.
This is one of my very balanced paintings made with a combination of warm and cool colour scheme. It is a 20 minute impromptu art work done using leftover colours on my palette. I know it makes no sense to an established artist, but for an amateur like me a painting turning out good and that too an impromptu one is an achievement.
This painting was also highly appreciated by Mr. & Mrs. Holmberg, an American couple who had visited our house once. They loved it so much that I was compelled to reproduce it & gift it to them. It adorns their wall in Boston!!

Peeping into the darkness….



Books are  what I would call my friends. They do not play much of a role in my day to day life. There is one thing about them that fascinates me. The cover. I love to gaze at the book covers and also love the way they are an extension of the book itself. No one will ever pick up a book with a bad cover.

This fascination is what made me pick up Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner. There was something about the boy peeping into the darkness that made the book stand out from the humongous pile at the road-side stall at Fort. The moment I laid my eyes on the cover, I knew I wanted to bring the book home and paint that picture.

Back home when I sat down to paint the picture, some thing struck me. Why not use charcoal?! The use of charcoal will give a nice effect to the picture. The darkness into which the boy is gazing will stand out even more and give the painting more depth. Well all I can say is, the result is in front of you!

Let me know what you guys think of it!!