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Why are these (mostly) in monochrome? Because Sargent told me not to paint watercolors in color.

Ah, well...we'll let that pass. No, seriously, it is easier for me to carry around a single pot of color, a brush, and some papers on a clipboard. Water I can get from anywhere. What I need to capture is the first impression of form, colors are less important on such ventures. Thus happened "Quick-Sketch", a watercolor monochrome of my aunt in less than a minute. The outcome was hugely satisfying as far as I was concerned - she was not posing for me, wasn't even aware that she was on the line of fire. She was just looking closely at something on the mantelpiece when I drew her.

Same with the ones drawn from TV, which is such a huge repertoire of fleeting images and an integral part of our daily life. TVs build who we are, and even if we are unable to form a consistent opinion on an issue - bombarded with myriads of conflicting news and views as we often are, some faces do stick above the din, staying etched in our consciousness, long after any reference to the original is lost. The image, at least to the artist, is all that matters then - not the story lurking behind, if there at all is one.Heads 1 and 2 are products of such subconscious presences, mechanically rendered on paper.

The Saltora goats, Monkey mom and Slippers owe gratitude to the kind hospitality of a close friend(a prosthdontist posted to a remote health-center, and unable to part company with me even though I have left the clinical world far behind!)and his very kind wife - who, incidentally is a fabulous cook!

Well, what else to say, have a detailed look if you like my watercolor sketches...

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<< Farmer Girl - 9" x 12" / Watercolor on paper (Added Apr '11)

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Grandma's heirloom: The Esraj >>
8" x 10.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Aug '08)

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<< Guavas anyone??? - 8" x 10.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Aug '08)

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Golden Ganesh >>
8" x 10.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Jul '08)

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<< Egg-Jug - 8" x 10.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Jul '08)

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Kheya >>
10" x 8" / Watercolor on paper. (added Jul '08)

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<< Redness - 10.5" x 8.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Apr '08)

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Birds of Clay >>
10" x 8" / Watercolor on paper. (added Apr '08)

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<< Bouquet of Watercolors - 2

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Moonlight >>
10" x 8" / Watercolor on paper. (added Aug '07)

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<< My 'pretty' plastic cast! - 10.5" x 8.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added May '07, fractured ankle at around that time)

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<< Mother's roof garden - 10.5" x 8.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Nov '06)

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Madhabilata >>
10.5" x 8.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Nov '06)

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<< Fruits -1 - 10.5" x 8.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Nov '06)

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Fruits - 2 >>
10.5" x 8.5" / Watercolor on paper. (added Nov '06)

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<< Big Leaf - 10.5" x 14.5" / Watercolor on paper.

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Red Sparklers >>
10.5" x 14.5" / Watercolor on paper.

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<< Quick Sketch ( in less than a minute) - 8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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From TV - 1 >>
8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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<< from TV - 2 - 8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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Head - 1 >>
8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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<< The Black Bowl - 8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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Monkey Mom >>
8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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<< Saltora Goats - 8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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Saltora Slippers >>
8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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<< Head - 2 - 8" x 11" / Watercolor, Graphite on paper.

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Mystery Veil >>
8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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<< "Classical Beauty" - From Photo on Magazine Cover
8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper

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Bottle in Hand >>
8" x 11" / Watercolor on paper

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<< Indegene 1 - 3.5" x 11" / Watercolor on paper.

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Indegene 2 >>
4.5 " x 11" / Watercolor on paper

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