Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Hummingbird series...

The above image of the 'Bumblebee Hummingbird' has been the best out of the three i have done so far. Both the birds are from my brother's photographs but with a lil' modification to make it a nice composition. As i started working on the branch, i got excited myself! Though i was still not sure how i will bring about the fluffyness of the bird captured in the photograph.. Am really happy with this one and i know, the more i practise its only gonna get better!!
Below, are the two other hummingbird paintings i have done - Buff bellied Hummingbird (my first attempt with the hummingbird painting a couple of months back) and the Purple Throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird (not all that satisfied with the composition), respectively.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Mural at Bandipur, JLR.

This surely is one of my favrouites... as its my first really *BIG* individual work! I painted this mural in one of the rooms of Bandipur Jungle lodges and resorts! Its about 10 ft x 15 ft. It was an amazing learning experience for me at every step - every thought i thought, every colour i mixed, every stroke i painted and more...
Every moment from waking up early to catch the sunrise... a whole day for painting... various yummy dishes to choose from... really -friendly-cheerful- staff... a chance to go on the jeep safari's every once in a while... sighting my first leopard and my first sloth bear... amazing sunsets over the Gopalswamy betta... interesting discussions over the campfire... watching wildlife documetaries... walking up and down the path several times... sitting thru the long silent nights... waiting to hear the call of the 'bubo bubo' every night... after all that, a peaceful sleep! Whatmore can one ask for !!

*MEROPS* it is !!

**MEROPS** i have always been fascinated by this word. i like the way it -sounds-! The first time i took interest in learning about the scientific names of birds was on one of my most amazing birding trips to Point Calimere, more than about 2 years back!
*Merops* is just a genus of the really pretty 'Bee-eaters'! But well of about 26 Bee-eater species found all around the world, i have just seen about 4 species..... LOTS more to see.. and that's why my journey goes on.... and on.......