Monday, 25 February 2013

A walk in the clouds - Nandi hills

One Saturday night sometime in October, we planned a sudden day trip with our neighbors. Next morning at 7:30 AM, we bundled all the kids (3 in total) into the car and left for Nandi Hills. Just about 60 kms from Bangalore, we had a leisurely drive and reached in a little more than an hour.  I had my doubts about the trip as it had been raining the previous night. But that turned out to be a blessing in disguise! It was cold but the hill top was covered with clouds. It was so much fun to walk in and out of clouds. We couldn't see anything below a few meters from the top. The kids enjoyed the walk and the I enjoyed clicking lots of pictures. So, this is one of those posts with less words and more pictures.

A walk in the clouds!

  A lone puppy shivering in the cold

Tends towards infinity?

Gates to heaven

A bell shaped flower. I think its called Chinese Lantern.

Chinese  Lantern - a different perspective
(My best shot of the day)

  Braving the weather

Jack and the beanstalk?

The tank at the top

The 11th century temple 

Huddled together

Stark contrast

The skywalk covered with clouds

The moment of clarity!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Project Watercolors Resumed

Months ago I set myself the target of learning to paint decently with watercolors. After the initial few futile attempts, I almost gave up. In fact I haven't created any art for the last couple of months. Last week I happened to visit a neighbor of mine who is an artist in her own right. Saw her work and got inspired. But instead of trying with oil paints like her, I tried my hand at some watercolor pieces. I personally feel these are much better than my last attempts. What do you think of these and what are the obvious improvement areas?

I'm still not sure about what kind of paper to use for watercolors and where to find it in Bangalore. I used handmade paper for the first 2 paintings and was not happy with the way the color wouldn't spread around easily. you can see that in the backgrounds....they look so messy.The 3rd is on a normal sketching paper and that turned out better. 

These go to PPF hosted by Eva and Kristin. There are so many wonderful artists participating these days that it takes almost the whole weekend to go through all the beautiful art.