Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sketches at Chennai Beach

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I visited Chennai last weekend to conduct a watercolor workshop on watercolor techniques which went on very well. There, I was staying at Balaji sir and Nithya madam's place which is just next to the sea. On Monday morning I took the opportunity for a walk to the beach which is only few meters away and did this sketch of a fisherman's village [ Thiruvanmiyur Beach ]. This was done very quickly standing right on the edge of the beach with waves touching the feet every now and then, So I had to be extra careful not to loose any sketching tools. This was painted with my new paint box recycled from a small mint tin box. In spite of the hot and humid weather of Chennai, the morning breeze was very pleasant at the beach.

Medium: watercolor on sketchbook.
size: 5" H x 13" W
time: 20 min aprox.
Source: live

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This is the second sketch from my morning walk at the beach in Chennai. This view is of another fisherman's village towards south [may be Kottivakkam Beach.]. It was getting hotter slowly and I was in dilemma of sketching or not as there were no shade but finally deiced to do a very quick one. To save time, this was sketched directly with a brush and color without any underlying guidelines. At the end I was pleased to have couple of quick sketches at this Chennai beach !

Medium: watercolor on sketchbook.
size: 5" H x 6 1/2" W
time: 15 min approx.
Source: live

© Dhruba Mazumder, 2014. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Watercolor Workshop Demo at Chennai, 26th-27th April, 2014

My demo on Techniques of Watercolor at the recent 2 days Watercolor Workshop in Chennai on 26th - 27th April, 2014. 

We practiced from simple washes to building tonal values with transparent watercolor layers, differences of using various pigments, usages of warm and cool colors within a composition, some brushstrokes and fun tricks too. 

Thank you everyone for your participation and I am pleased to see your passion for this beautiful medium! Looking forward to meet you all again!!!

Medium: watercolor on 300 gsm Fabriano paper [cold pressed]
Size: 10 1/4" H x 14" W

© Dhruba Mazumder, 2014. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Glowing Yellows

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These Copper pod or Yellow Poinciana trees are blooming everywhere now in Bangalore. We can see these big trees with glowing yellow hues and lush green leaves all around the corners. This beautiful branch is popping through between two architecture near our home.

medium: watercolor on sketchbook
size: 6 1/2" H x 5" W
time: 30 min. approx.
source: live

© Dhruba Mazumder, 2014. All rights resrved.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quick and Small sketches

Quick and Small sketches in watercolor on handmade paper.

Just to let you know, I'll be teaching in a workshop on watercolor techniques on 26th-27th April, 2014 in Chennai. Come and join me to learn these techniques of painting in watercolor and lift your artworks to a higher level with confidence. Only few seats available!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Glowing dark, Beautiful Bright!

This quick watercolor sketch is from couple of months back but somehow never posted. I remember putting myself to two challenges in that evening. First, to paint directly with color without any graphite underlying guidelines and Second, to paint the dark background in one single layer ! Had fun!

Medium: watercolor on fabriano paper sketchbook.
Size: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" approx.
Source: from own reference picture

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Updates on Watercolor Workshop in Chennai

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Here's an update regarding my Watercolor Workshop on techniques in Chennai on 26th and 27th of April, 2014.

Workshop name:
  Watercolor Techniques and Beyond

Skill level:
  Basic to intermediate  [since the focus is on watercolor techniques, basic knowledge of drawing skill is required]


  26th-27th April, 2014

  9.15 am to 4.30pm [including Tea/Cofee/Lunch breaks]

  Limited to a maximum of 15 participants only. The registration is based on first come first serve basis.

  The participants will be notified a recommended list of suitable watercolor materials required which they are expected to bring along to the venue during both days of workshop. Any extra art materials will be provided at the venue.

  The full course fee per participant has to be paid at the time of registration via bank transfer prior the workshop to confirm the participation. Kindly send a mail to get details regarding the registration procedure.

The main Contents of this Watercolor Workshop are:

  1. Watercolor as a beautiful medium
  2. Brief talk about various materials used in watercolor
  3. Demonstrations of various Techniques in watercolor
  4. Participants' practical use of the various techniques in watercolor
  5. brief talk about color, values and composition
  6. Demonstrations of the usage of techniques on a painting.
  7. Participants creating their own paintings using the techniques demonstrated
  8. Evaluation and critiques of works.
  9. Q & A session.

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