dwArapAlaka, Gouache and pencil on paper 7″x10″.
At the entrance to the inner sanctum of any Hindu (Shiva/ Vishnu) temple are the mighty dwArapAlakas (dwAra = gate, pAlaka = protector) or gate keepers. The keepers of a Vishnu temple and those of a Shiva temple are distinct and over the millennia they’ve come to feature in many a mythological story.
This particular one is from the thyAgarajar kovil (a Shiva temple) in the little town of Thiruvarur in South India. Sculpted in brass and standing over 4 feet tall, it simply had to be recorded in a sketchbook.
Painted in gouache over a gesso primed, green tinted 300 gm watercolor paper in a sketchbook 7″x10″.
Location: thyAgaraja temple, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India
Ginger Prince, oil on canvas panel 11″x14″.
Oil painting of Paul Scholes, Manchester United legend.
Cupped hands. Pastel on paper 9″x12″.
The human palm is a very intricate subject – not easy to draw but trivial to spot a flaw!
The paper is Canson Mi Teintes. The back side (smooth) is surprisingly nice to put pigment on.
Open Goal. Gouache on paper 5″x8″.
Painted in gouache in a 300 gsm watercolor journal 5″x8″.
Perhaps it is time to dust off the cleats again. And there’s no goalkeeper to worry about!
Location: Freedom Field, Columbus, Indiana
Anthony Martial, Charcoal on paper, 9″x12″
Manchester United’s new #9. For the last minute cliffhanger against Everton.
Lazing Cow. Casein on paper 5″x8″
Painted in Casein (over a very loose pen drawing) in a 300 gsm watercolor journal 5″X8″.
This cow was slouching after her midday meal.
Location: Keerangudi, Tamil Nadu, India