Base: Sketch Paper
Made Using:
Water Colors
This is my first painting with water-color. I had very high expectations...I am not very much satisfied with it. Can I have all my brilliant water-color artist friends' suggestions to improve my hand in water-color?....:)

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    AutumnLeaves said...

    Megha, I'm not good enough to give watercolor advice, but I'll give it a whirl (and by the way, I like this painting!)...First of all, since you are used to working in colored pencil, you might find that you like watercolor pencils a bit, at least as a transitional method (just thinking aloud). I find I can get some nice detail with them by using them first, then applying the water. Of course, you can apply water then the pencil too. The fun is experimenting, I guess. One thing I've found that works well for me with tube watercolors is to wet the particular area I am working on, then apply the paint. I usually let this dry before moving on to another area, which helps me to keep the paint colors true. I've read many blogs in which people use spray bottles to apply water, others "pour" their paint on. Explore the watercolorists blogs! is an online artist community with tutorials and art of all mediums. Truly a cool place to visit and become a member. You are off to a fantastic start to my mind. I really like this piece. Love the houseboat/building too! Very intricate!

  1. ... on October 21, 2009 at 2:41 AM  
  2. Arianna said...

    I'm a beginners with watercolours,too...I like your houseboat! Arianna

  3. ... on October 21, 2009 at 5:48 AM  
  4. Gary said...

    I was at a watercolor workshop (the only one I've ever been to) and was relieved when the artist said, "watercolor has many voices". As AutumnLeaves said - check out places like Wet Canvas and you will see a wonderful range of what people are doing with this medium. Your painting is beautiful. After struggling for years (I think that is what you do with watercolor - if you don't it's like working on an assembly line) I've learned (I think) to let the medium do its thing and try not to get in the way.

  5. ... on October 21, 2009 at 5:52 AM  
  6. Prabal said...

    Your first painting has a certain folk quality that I find in your sketches too. No one else can get that quality. I suggest you should not try to look for what everybody else has in their paintings, because your painting already bears your mark on it.
    But yes try to get used to the medium. Explore the medium, techniques, colors, papers etc etc. There is a lot on the net.


  7. ... on October 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
  8. Ellen said...

    I don't know what happened to my earlier comment. It's gone! I posted this morning.

    Anyway, what I said was that I thik you'd do well with watercolor pencils, just like AutumnLeaves said. I have learned to work with them and never could do watercolors well. I think that I could now, because the techniques I'm learning with the watercolor pencils. The only advice I would give is don't use too much water. It's cool how the feel and look of the watercolor starts to work with the pencils. One day soon I'll try real watercolors. I think.

    In any cas, I like your boat. It has that certain feeling about it. I like it.

  9. ... on October 21, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
  10. Art with Liz said...

    Oh boy Megha, watercolours! I find them so difficult, but when you crack it (even if it's only once), it's magic. So keep going - you've been given some fantastic advice already and this is a jolly good start!

  11. ... on October 22, 2009 at 12:13 PM  
  12. Megha Chhatbar said...

    Thanks Sherry for your lovely advise...I would definitely experiment with them in future. Thanks for being there...:)

    Arianna: Thanks for your beautiful comment! :)

  13. ... on October 22, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
  14. Megha Chhatbar said...

    You said it right Gary! I think I have to struggle a lot..:)

  15. ... on October 22, 2009 at 10:57 PM  
  16. Megha Chhatbar said...

    Hey Prabal, I agree with what you say..But I want to explore my self and I was inspired by my so many blogger friends that I thought of trying it. I don't want to limit myself.

    What you say is right that I can try to get used to the medium...Frankly writing..:) I thought that landscape would be an easy subject for water color but...:( No Problem! I will try! try and try!

  17. ... on October 22, 2009 at 11:01 PM  
  18. Megha Chhatbar said...

    Thanks Ellen and Liz for your kind and beautiful comment.

  19. ... on October 22, 2009 at 11:02 PM  
  20. Kcalpesh said...

    Beautifully done. Altough I'm an OK artist at pencil sketching I think water-colors do require a tremendous talent. You do it really beautifully! Once again nicely done!

    - Pixellicious Photos

  21. ... on October 23, 2009 at 3:43 AM  
  22. raena said...

    I've been struggling with watercolor myself! I think the colors here are bold and wonderful. They lend to the "folk" style Prabal was referring to. I'm not sure if I would change that if I were you! Okay, so, I'm just throwing this out there because I've heard it somewhere not because I practice it, but one school of thought is that you should not go more than an inch without changing colors. Does it work? I don't know. Sounds difficult to me! ;) I think experimentation is the way to go!

  23. ... on October 23, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
  24. Mary said...

    I'm very impressed, Megha, that you have pushed yourself to try a new medium. I love working in acrylics, but think that watercolors are very difficult. I love the strength of your colors and the composition. I'm sure you will grow in the medium because you are such an amazing artist.

  25. ... on October 24, 2009 at 5:29 AM  
  26. Unseen Rajasthan said...

    Nice art work !! COlors are original !! Nice..Unseen Rajasthan

  27. ... on October 26, 2009 at 3:24 AM  
  28. Gold Finch said...

    Nice site Megha.
    Have you heard of the iNdian artist G D Paulraj he was from Kodaikanal and studied in Madras in the 1930s. I have a few of his paintings a few are visible on my site and I will be adding more soon. I am looking for more information on Paul Raj and his two brothers G D Arul Raj and G D Thyaga Raj.

  29. ... on November 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM  
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