Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Maroon Bells

My dear friend Ankita made a recent trip to Colorado with her family and subsequently shared some picturesque snaps in Facebook. That's how I got to see this photograph of Maroon Bells below captured by her husband, Niladri. Since I didn't know about this place, I immediately googled "Maroon Bells" and  found lots of photographs on this heavenly site. All of them were equally amazing but I personally got hooked to this one and decided to use it for my next Landscape painting. The reflection of the rocks on the water surface in this photograph attracted me the most. I must say Niladri did a real good job in capturing the serenity of the place.

Photo Courtesy Niladri Das

Lemme tell ya - normally, any Landscape painting with a water body makes a huge difference to it, whether it's a running stream or a quite lake.  In the case of  the running stream, the flow of  the water creates the magic but for quite water body, all that matters is the reflection. Maroon bells is widely popular  among artists for the reflection of these peaks. Normally Artists use the wind effect on water surface to differentiate the reflections  from the real objects and I must admit that's not a very easy job. But the photograph Niladri took is with calm reflections just creating a perfect  mirror image. Only difference is the presence of rocks on the water surface which according to me is the key to differentiate real objects from the reflections. Only thing I have changed in the painting is adding fall colors to the mountains.

Thank you Ankita and Niladri for this awesome snap.

                                                                       "Maroon Bells"
                                                              Acrylic on Canvas ( 18" x 24" )

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy Friendship Day

Happy Friendship day to all my readers. 
I started this sketch of my husband as a practice one. Later I kind of like it as a first attempt and thought of gifting it to him as a friendship day gift. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

An Interesting Find

 My husband is a foodie and so am I. We both love to explore new places - right from local joints to pricey dine-in restaurants  (obviously not so frequently as our pockets don't permit ). We normally prefer local joints than the chains and for the review ratings he religiously follows  yelp and tripadvisor. We both like Mediterranean food a lot (Thanks to local Sahara for patronizing our love. We make sure to visit at least once a week). And part of it is because of  it's striking familiarity to our aged Indian taste buds. Generally, we avoid eating Indian (as we have it at home everyday) when we go for eating out. However in case the reviews say "out of the world" or "100 things to eat before die" kind of stuff then only we make an exception to our self imposed rule :P Recently we were in Oklahoma City and like always we satiated ourselves with a plethora of versatile cuisines. And one day we came across an authentic Mexican local joint named "Taco San Pedro".The joint churns out some of the best signature Mexican soul food at throw away prices -however what caught my attention was a completely different ball game.

Oh! yes, I know it's not a food blog and I'm not going to talk about  food any more. Today I'm here to share some paintings which I found on the walls of " Taco San Pedro". I googled the artist's name but couldn't  get any further info about him/her. I was very interested to know more mainly because of the painting style which is more like we see in trucks, theater backgrounds or in calenders in India. The similarity amazed me and I can't resist myself from sharing.

                                                                  Name of  the Artist

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Sonar Horin" - The Golden Deer

Back again with my "calendar-style" painting !  Of Late I have been very busy with my work, but that doesn't give me an excuse to be away from my favourite leisure job for so long. I promise myself to be more regular in future .... anyways no more hanky panky, lets talk about my latest venture. It has a very interesting mythological story behind it which is one of my all time favourites as well .

Yes! you are right this painting is from "Ramayana". Those of you who are still wondering, this is a depiction of one of the famous scenarios of the Indian Epic "Ramayana". Although  given the size of the book, no wonder very few Indians have actually read the whole epic. Most of us have been satisfied watching the TV series "Ramayana" directed by Ramananda Sagar or at max have read a few chapters from it (thanks to our middle school curriculum !) . However we all can somehow recollect the whole story for sure in bits and pieces. I vaguely remember the episodes of "Ramayana" but thanks to Youtube for providing us access to those golden childhood memories. 

I highly recommend Sita sings the Blue by Nina Paley where she has tried to catch the emotions of Sita through her wonderful animation. Though it's mainly sarcastic, still it's well enough to unravel the inner message beneath. 

Another song I would love to share here is from the Bollywood movie "Swadesh" - Pal Pal he Bhari. The only essence I get from it is Sita's palpable love for her husband - even after so many days of hardship, she is all praises about her husband. The enormous magnitude of love and trust that she has for her dear husband is the highlight of this song. Although "trust" is one of those very few adjectives that is perhaps not applicable to Rama. Infact it was this very "Trust" that didn't bring happy ending to Ramayana , even the deep love that he had for his wife Sita could not save it. Check out the video of this song if you feel like.

Rama and Sita 

The picture that I have drawn this time is the focal point of the story. I'm not going to get into the details - in short, Sita was amazed by seeing the golden deer (which was Maaricha, a demon in disguise) and wanted to pet it.  

              Maaricha - the demon in disguise

She insisted Rama to fetch it for her. Now Rama was very much aware of the fact that Golden deer was a myth. Still he went to catch it because he was so much in love with her and  all he wanted was to bring a smile on her face. Here I wanted to capture a moment of their undying love for each other. 

I have tried to create the serene beauty of Panchavati  forest ( where Rama, Sita and Laxman were staying during their exile). I chose Hibiscus, Ixora (also known as Rangan in Bengali , Tagar or Chadni and small summer sunflower as garden plants ( these flower plants are very common in West Bengal as well as in all parts of India). Waterfall is enough to pop the beauty and almost in every calender you'll find one. 

The "Panchavati" Forest

Original Painting

This is a high resolution picture of my painting "Sonar Horin - The Golden Deer" done in June 2013. The original was painted in acrylic paints on 16” x 20” Canvas. Please email me at if you are interested in buying my original artwork.

" Sonar Horin " - The Golden Deer
Acrylic on Canvas ( 16" x 20" )

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I love flowers as any other person in this world. Other than the common love, as a student of Plant Science flowers has a special place in my heart. Though I always hated the Taxonomy classes in my undergrad days but always enjoyed the lab which introduced me to so many unknown plants with their beautiful flowers and fruits. Well, now I'm no more in India and I have a chance to explore new plants. The funny part is either you have to go the nature trails or have to carefully look on the sides of the sidewalk for the herbs which have won the "hide and seek" with the grass mowers. In India, we have natural mowers , cows and goats :) My lab mate here was telling me that she is thinking of hiring some goats to mow her lawns. Not a bad idea :P
 These pictures are taken mostly on my way to the work place. Yes, I walk as it's only 20 minutes from my home. Everyday I see the additional yellow carpet of buttercups on the endless grass carpet from a distance. I went near by one day, adored them and captured their elegant presence in my mind as well as in my camera. I can't express how happy I was within them. 
Wildflowers are another reason for me to go for hiking. White, purple, blue flowers will welcome you all through your way. Japanese honeysuckles are there to mesmerise you with their fragrance.  What else you want. I find Kentucky Wildflower a very useful link.
    I'll keep on posting some more photos, so keep on checking.

                                             Beautiful Buttercups(Ranunculus acris)

                                                       Me with the Buttercups
                                                               Buttercup carpet.
                                     one of my favorite: Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
                                               very common White clovers (Trifolium repens)
                                                Beautiful Rough-fruited Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)
No, these are not strawberries but called Mock strawberry, Gurbir or Indian Strawberry (Potentilla indica)

Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)

                                              Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) Well, this is a fruit not the flower.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happy Holi

A very Happy Holi to all my viewers.My husband recently gifted me a Stylus, I'm having a blast with it. No need to carry my pencils,colors and sketchbook now on. Normally, I directly start my painting  with a faint impression in my mind, without even doing a rough sketch. May be from now on, I can actually scribble my imaginations quickly in my ipad. Well, this is my first take on digital painting and I'm in absolutely loving it !!