Lost in thought

Exciting times.  I’ve enrolled for a short term course at UODA under the guidance of Shahid Kabir, renowned Bangladeshi Printmaker and Painter.  For a while at least, the finished pieces getting on to this blog are likely to be prints. Enjoying painting with oil and hope I can pick it up again after the printmakingContinue reading “Lost in thought”

Je ne veux pas travailler

We have many street vendors in Dhaka.  This flower seller’s expression caught my attention.  It’s turned out to be more aggressive mostly because of what I read into the situation and the stories that I built around him which kept me occupied when painting. Using oils after a break.  The first painting is yet toContinue reading “Je ne veux pas travailler”

DSfDFs : Portrait Challenge

I’ve been a fan of Karin Jurick‘s paintings for a while now and have been lurking around her new blog Different Strokes from Different Folks since it started a few months ago.  But it was a portrait challenge that gave me the push to jump in and also the fact that we had 3 weeksContinue reading “DSfDFs : Portrait Challenge”

Back on track

This may go through several iterations yet but I’m happy to be back on track and doing what I like best – painting portraits.    The Asian Biennale has come to an end and today we went and picked up our paintings.  It felt good to have “Stop or Else!” safely back at home.  Continue reading “Back on track”

The Elusive Key

Everyone is looking for answers to life, its meaning, what lies ahead, who we are and the list goes on and on. Sadhus, Indian holy men, have given up domestic life, its responsibilities and pleasures to search for answers. Hoping to find the key that will unlock the door. Hoping that behind it will beContinue reading “The Elusive Key”

The Mike Guy

Decided to take the day off from the two things that I’m currently working on – singing practice and a painting as yet unnamed. Managed to finish a ball point sketch this morning and then found this ref while looking for something else to sketch. He was the mike technician at the recent exhibition inaugurationContinue reading “The Mike Guy”

Chip off the old block

I used a reference of my niece for this but the people I saw while painting were my two sisters!   Even now I see my sister and not her child.   Did I exaggerate the features I was familiar with till the likeness changed to resemble another person from another time? Uma WIP 10″ X 10″Continue reading “Chip off the old block”

Dalai Lama

Everyone seems to be discussing Tibet lately. Even my niece, who isn’t quite two, has been taught by her nanny to say “Free Tibet!”. The reference for this piece is the cover of a recent issue of Time Magazine. 8″ X 10″ Pen & Ink in my sketchbook. I have used a white ink penContinue reading “Dalai Lama”

A Creative Drawing Assignment

Drawing a portrait using “mechanical” lines is a part of the assignment given after this weeks Creative Drawing and Art Appreciation session with Javed Jalil. I chose a reference that I’ve used last week for a pen & ink. I know I shouldn’t be asking but if you squint you’ll get a better feel ofContinue reading “A Creative Drawing Assignment”