Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cheers to Potential and Possibilities!


Hofbrauhaus at Dusk  watermedia 12x9"

Sixty posts, twenty plus paintings, thirty some pages of color pencil 'sketches' and narrative to go with  them  for my sketchbook-fiction project  "A Day In The Life -In Blue Jeans with Gold Embroidery" and more on-the-go pencil sketches than any previous years makes me content with 2011 art-wise :)  This surely has been a year of experimenting for me with finishing an illustrated sketch/fiction book, yupo, deliberate washes and paint mixing, water brushes, field kits and working on patience! 

I am pleased to post this painting - done mostly with watercolors except the sky part where I used acrylics mixed with watercolor. The watercolor paper  was a 'test-paper' for colors by a young friend of mine who wanted to paint with me sometime ago. I pulled this paper out waiting for washes to dry on couple of Yupo paintings I was working on. I needed to keep my hands busy and away from the wet yupo. Using Masquepen Supernib I sketched free hand and then proceeded to play mostly with transparent watercolors in between the washes on Yupo. The reference was a photograph I took in Munich years ago.  The underpainting worked quite well, and I felt little stress since I was really  only 'playing' around. I am totally ignoring any problem areas in the painting and enjoying the smug feeling of rescuing a good paper :) 
 before

So, here is to a brand New Year full of potential and possibilities ! 

17 comments:

AK said...

Fabulous work. Wish you a very happy new year and lots of happy painting.

meera said...

thanks AK! wish you a wonderful 2012!

Krishna said...

excellent art work !

Happy Newyear

Kathy Staicer said...

Your painting skills and style have really developed over the past year as evidenced by this painting. I love it.

meera said...

Thank you Krishna :) And a very happy new year to you too!

meera said...

Kathy, Thank you very much :) You have enriched me with your friendship and support. wish you a wonderful 2012!

Crystal Cook said...

You certainly have accomplished a lot in 2011. A lot of growth. That is so awesome. And love the new painting. THere's so much depth and a sense of life. It's beautiful.

Irina said...

I did not like masking fluid for the hard edges it gave to the lines, it was too thick for me. Here I see that you managed it very well, it does not jump out at all. Good work!

meera said...

Thank You Crystal --it has been a fun year in a way - even with close to three months or so away from serious painting because of family obligations and bad cold/fever etc. I mainly concentrated on more smaller pieces and experimentation - that really helped! And thanks again for your encouragement this past year :) -I really appreciate it!

meera said...

Irina, thank you :) I usually try to do a thin wash or soften the edges after I remove the masking fluid. Masking on partially under-painted paper like I did in this painting also helps in taking away the harsh look.

ANURAG MEHTA said...

THANKS MEERA,..WISH U A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

Thaikaden said...

Excellent work. Hope you had a good start for 2012.

meera said...

@Thaikaden, Thank you! And I wish you a wonderful 2012

padmaja said...

wow, Meera, this is stunning! I just loved it! I have enjoyed your work all the year through and hope to do it this year as well!

meera said...

Padmaja, Thanks :) I too am looking forward to more interactions in the coming year!

Lisa Graham Art said...

That is a gorgeous painting! The buildings and bike are so charming. Your colors are wonderful!

meera said...

Thank you Lisa, I was happy with the way things turned out too :)

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