I Love You - My Sweet StoneHeart!

I Love You
I sometimes go a little freaky and make crazy things like this. This is one of my arts on stone which I did some years back - of course during my renaissance year of painting to be precise.

Life was full of wonder then and I must have been one of the top person at wondering during those good old days. I might have been very mysterious for others but I was very simple and honest for myself. I was an introvert and used to plunge into thinking about the world when others used to enjoy the company of friends and were very frank. Most of them had an extrovert personality unlike me.

So, as an introvert it was obvious that I had no sweetheart. Guess what I came up with? Yes, I was a little less creative than Bramha, a Hindu God known as the creator of this universe, and therefore I could just make a stone-heart.

It was a cute idea to paint on stones. Not to mention that I want to try every things I come to know of. I have that instinct now and I had that instinct then. Either I had acquired that instinct from the environment I grew up on or I had got it integrated directly into my genes is hard to say. However, I think the latter one must have been the case with me. Whatever, the result is that I am very curious and want to do all the things which I find amusing. Painting on stones was certainly among one of the coolest idea and I did it!

Stone-Heart
There are many things at which I believe that I qualify nomination for Nobel prizes, and imagination is one of those things. I don't mean to say that I was good at imagination by the idea of painting on a stone - this idea wasn't unique. Here, I mean to say that I used to imagine and daydream a lot. Yes, I was a good daydreamer who didn't spare the night as well - that means I worked "overtime" at daydreaming!

And as the story of the good old days continues, I had sweethearts in my mind, carefully chosen, and secretly loved so as not to let others get a clue on the matter. I hope I had been successful. I dare not to name those whom I used to love back then because that will make a long list - they were not one, not two, not three, but many and one of the interesting notice I have made about girls is that most of the girls whom I want to talk to get the impression that I am in love with them but those whom I like are the ones to whom I actually can't even say a word and are often among the ones whom I need to talk to only occasionally and by chance. So, I guess those sweethearts didn't know that they were someone's (hey, this someone is me indeed) sweetheart but I believe that everyone has some mental sweethearts at some point of their life and that's a normal phenomenon. My God! I am normal - at least at one thing.

A little work on Photoshop. "Flash On" while shooting resulted the "Glow".

I told you my story all the way and nearly forgot my purpose. I was here just to say that I really love this "Stone-Heart" - that's what I want to call it - which I made myself when I was studying in grade nine and that I now want to share it with you, thanks to the digital technology which made it not only possible but really very simple as well.

So, how is it? Please have your say in the comments below.

Download Bis Hajari Taal Photo Album Absolutely Free!


Many DOS and a few DONT'S and there you get my first "Bis Hajari Taal Photo Album" absolutely free for download.

Here are some DOS about how you can use my images:
  1. You can use them to print post cards and send them to your friend, relatives or anyone you like.
  2. You can use them as your desktop wallpaper.
  3. If you are a website designer, you can edit them and use them to create banners, slide shows, background texture, etc.
  4. If you are a blogger, then you can use these images to enhance your blog posts. Link back (to this website) and credits mentions will be highly appreciated.
  5. You can use these images in any way you like for the personal purpose.
  6. If you are a graphics designer, then you can use these images in your graphics, and animation.
  7. You can edit and enhance these images in Photoshop or any other post processing software and of course make use of them.

And here are some DONT'S:
  1. Don't use them for commercial purposes like selling and making money out of them. These images aren't of high quality and hence selling them by getting them free from this blog is simply cheating. Instead you can direct them to this blog so that they don't have to pay for them.
  2. Don't re-upload them in your own websites to allow downloads to your visitors. Why clutter the web with duplicate content? So, just link back if you want to allow downloads to your visitors.
  3. Avoid any other uses which seem inappropriate, or which leads me, the photographer of these images, into trouble of any kind resulting from your misuse/abuse of these photographs.

How to download?
It's very simple. I have shared the album with everyone (meaning you as well) from my Windows Live Sky Drive at this link. Click the link and you'll get to view as well as download all the images from there. (Don't worry. You'll see a link where it will be clearly written 'Download' at the right panel.)

You can have a quick preview here.

As of now you can only download one image at a time. That's not bad for you as well in my opinion because you may not need all the images. Furthermore, you can have a full preview of the image before you download and that way you can be sure that you are selecting the right image for you and you avoid the unnecessary images.

Happy Downloading! Happy Sharing!

How I digitize my arts using photography!

In this post, I am going to describe the activities that I perform before I come up with my arts ready for publishing. I hope this will help satisfy your curiosity about how I digitize my arts. Plus if you are also trying to digitize your arts and paintings but are unsatisfied with the outcome here's my approach.

  • At first I place my arts in a place where there is adequate light (I usually do this on the rooftop).
  • Then I support them with rulers or any other appropriate things. This helps them to get stretched and prevents them from being blown by winds.
  • You can prepare more for lighting as well as many other things. However, I do just that. Then I try to shoot my best. But with nominal instruments the photos don’t come out good at once. So, I take more and more shots often varying ISO settings.
  • After the shooting part is over I select some good images and then import them into Photoshop. I use Photoshop mainly for two tasks.
1. Perspective Cropping
Since the images of our arts don’t come rectangular as we desire, we have to crop them using perspective.

You can correct the irregularities of your arts by using the perspective while cropping. For that, check the checkbox labeled “Perspective” on the toolbar just under the menu-bar. Note that this option doesn’t appear unless you select the “Crop” tool in the Toolbox. And also to learn how to do it right requires a lot of practice. So, take time to experiment this feature unless you understand how to do it right.
2. Enhancing using Auto Levels
Now after you have cropped the image, it’s time to enhance it a bit. For this, I use the “Auto Levels” command which automatically adjusts brightness, contrast, light, temperature, etc of the image.
To use this: Go to “Image” menu in the menubar. Then Point to Adjustments and then click on Auto Levels. Alternately, press Shift+Ctrl+L keys simultaneously.

This works well most of the time but not always. So, if you aren’t satisfied with the enhancement then, Undo the Auto Levels command, save the picture and import it to Picasa.

Actually you can adjust the brightness and all other settings manually within Photoshop itself but since Photoshop has a lot of features it is very complex to do that. And moreover, even if you are good at Photoshop then still I would recommend you to check out the two software tools: Photomatix Pro (It is useful to create HDR images by Tone mapping) and Picasa from Google. Perhaps you may find them easier or more useful!

Alternate Method to Enhance Images: Using Tuning Feature in Picasa

Picasa allows you to adjust light and shadow; it involves no complex terminologies and is simple to use and that is why I am talking about this.

Here’s how you can adjust light in your images using Picasa:

After you have imported the above image in Picasa click on the “Tuning” tab as shown in the picture. There are only four options. Among them ‘Fill Light’ and “Shadows” options are the most useful ones and these will help you add adequate light to your picture. This also needs your own experiments to understand it fully. I use this to add light to my art images and other photos as well.

Slide the “Fill Light” slider and watch the effect on your image. The image becomes brighter and clearer. However, at some point it starts to become washed. At that point add some shadow. Increasing “Shadows” makes the shadows darker and heals the washed-out effect. Test the look of the image by varying these options. Finally choose the setting at which the image looks most beautiful.

After the enhancing is done, the image becomes ready for publishing. This is how I do it. However, if you have more instruments then try to make appropriate use of them. You can find out how to make best use of them along with other information you’d want to know from the Internet. Therefore, don’t hold yourself back. Instruments are just one aspect of photography and knowledge, creativity, post processing techniques, experience, etc are the other. So, be proactive and go ahead in your career.

Finally Some Tips worth Regurgitating

Finally I would like to reiterate some tips you have been hearing often but are impeccably true.
  • Learn to make best use of the resources you have.
  • Read as much as you can about Photography.
  • Take as many shots as you can and take some time to select the best photos.
  • Use varieties of post-processing softwares. This is especially useful if you have no good equipments, like me, for photography.
  • And most importantly, follow some great photographers on Google+, Facebook or on their blogs.
If I’m trying to do photography with just a 6MP digital camera there’s no point that you can’t do it!

Happy Photographing!!

More Photographs from Bis Hajari Taal Photo-walk!

This is the second post where I am sharing you the photographs from my Bis Hajari Taal Photowalk. Here's the first post where I shared some images and introduced you to my first photo-walk and first serious photography. I hadn't been able to process all the images by that time which is why I am here with this second post.

As I am moving along with photography I am learning a lot of things which I would be sharing with you in this post. Read the rest of the post and figure out the point I'm making here by yourself.


I haven't been into photography for long and I'm already realizing that my photos aren't of good quality. However, quite a significant part of the problem is technical where I can't help myself right now! The digital camera I own isn't good when it comes to landscape photography. It's great to shoot people nearby but when it comes to shooting the landscapes at some distance it falls flat. By the way, my camera is a Cannon IXY 6 MP Digital Camera with the lens range of 5.8 to 17.4mm. That's definitely not a good camera for a photographer. But since I am not a professional photographer and don't have money to buy a good camera which is really very expensive that's okay with me.

Now, you might be wondering why would I even like to share my images when I clearly know that I am not a good photographer and don't even have a good camera? Why? But I have my reasons.

First of all, even in the absence of good instruments I'm trying to make something happen. That's a great thing for me. People can do anything when the circumstances are really good and when they can get everything they need.


Second, I'm showing you the places and things which you might not have seen before. This is one of the best reasons why people photograph travelling around the world, to the unexplored and undiscovered lands even at the stake of their life. In another way, I'm also showing you my perspective. For example, if I like the view above probably you might also like to see it even if the quality of image isn't quite good. The lake I'm covering in this post, Bis Hajari Taal, is really very beautiful. As you can see above, it is very uneven and is branching into all the directions out there and that's really amazing! Should I wait until I buy a good camera to capture this beautiful landscape? I might have to wait years for that and I have some more beautiful scenes below!


Moreover, I am learning a lot of things about photography and me doing it on my own has helped me experiment whatever I learn. That's the best thing one can do with photography, learn something and immediately test it out to confirm whatever you have learnt. I didn't have much knowledge of ISO settings and all that when I went to shoot these images. However, I discovered later that we can change ISO settings to shoot photos in the conditions when there's not enough light or when we have to shoot it without using a tripod. I don't have tripod as well and I could have made two photographs of each scene with low ISO and high ISO settings if I had its knowledge then. When I came to know about these settings I immediately took photographs varying the ISO settings and was surprised to see the difference. After I have experimented and used these techniques it will be easy to cope up with the good cameras when I get one. So, if you are a casual photographer then explore out all the settings or functions that your camera has and experiment with them. It's a great way to learn things and will help you do better even with the minimum equipment.


Another reason why I must be doing photography is that photography is an essential skill for bloggers like me. Why? Our intention is to engage our audiences. However, to engage them first you need to draw their attention. Images in our posts help us do just that. Aren't you more likely to read the articles which have attractive images whenever you are browsing through?


Furthermore, I was able to digitize my arts just because of photography. The different techniques I learnt while pursuing photography enabled me to publish my sketches and paintings in my blogs. The most important part of digitizing those arts was post processing. The images of my arts never had enough light, however, I adjusted light in those images using post processing techniques. So, I'm thankful to my own pursuit of photography for being able to do that. I finally got to expose my arts to the world!


Even when the quality of images might not be good, some images turn out to be really beautiful. Would you get such images without trying photography once? So, getting along by making the best use of whatever you have is my working strategy that really lands me up with amazing results sometimes. The above photograph is one of my work that I really love. It could have been better, I agree, but couldn't it have been worse? So just do something if you can without worrying what the outcomes will be. They will be really rewarding sometimes.


So, there are reasons for you also to photograph even if you don't have good skills, equipment, or whatever. Another matter of fact is that the demand for photography will probably never decline. Why? Okay, if you are a commercial photographer then it might be the case but otherwise it will simply won't decline. Isn't speaking or writing essential? Then, so is photography! Photography is a medium of communication. Here, you communicate your perspectives, you communicate your emotions, you communicate your mood and you can communicate many more things. Doesn't a beautiful photo drift you into the imagination of that place? Doesn't some photographs make you utter "Wow!" effortlessly in an excitement? How is that possible without photographs communicating you something?


Finally, I must admit that I have ranted so much about photography, while in fact, my photography journey has just begun. I'm quite a learner still and I never hope to perfect it because I know that it requires me to do a lot of hard work. I love hard work but I'm planning to do it elsewhere for most of the time. However, wherever and whenever I'm free for a moment and I have a camera around me I'll be more than happy to have some fun with photography.

And lastly, I'm planning to create an album and allow you to download the full size images in their maximum quality for free! I hope that these might come use to some people even if they aren't of high quality.

My Best Paintings Ever!

I was studying in grade 9 and everything was normal. My study was just fine; I was struggling to make a website; and I was sincerely doing self-study to learn programming in Visual Basic 6.0. However, amid my normal life something went abnormal that year and it was painting. Perhaps that year is the most productive year for me, until now, in painting.

Landscape Painting by Prem Gaire

I was studying in SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Bharatpur, then and everyone used to encourage me to do arts there as a result of which I had become capable to make paintings like these. I am very thankful to all my teachers and friends there for the constant motivation, appreciation and support they provided. Probably that was the greatest reason why I used to submit most of my arts to the school. I feel proud that my paintings still hang in the walls of the class-rooms there. However, I kept these two secretly with me as these were my best paintings! When I had completed these paintings I had instantly decided that I would be keeping them forever with me because I had considered them to be great achievements given my small age. As of now, these are the only paintings left with me from my school life and I still feel that they are my best paintings.

A Pair of Parrots - Painting by Prem Gaire

Both of these paintings are drawn on a normal but different kinds of chart paper. The former one is much thicker than the latter one. Here, normal means that the paper wasn't made especially for arts and paintings like the cartridge paper. One of the things I admire most about these paintings is their size. Both of these paintings are in a good size - a little larger than the A2 sized paper. Similarly, both of these paintings had taken two days each for me to paint and I don't even remember how many days they took to get the outline sketch first. I used to sketch on irregular installments (so to speak!) because I used to prefer painting to sketching then however the case is just the opposite nowadays. Moreover, I have used acrylic colors on both of these paintings and that's why they have a shiny look. I don't think I knew much about acrylic colors then. I never took any official training or classes in arts although Navin Bhakta Adhikari, artist and the then art teacher in SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, used to help me occasionally especially when I had to go for a competition and I'm sincerely thankful to him.

These are still my best paintings and will continue to remain so. I hope to do the same level of paintings again, and if I do so I'll definitely share them with you.

What do you say about these paintings? Please leave your valuable opinions and views in the comments below.

Sketches of Landscapes

This sketch is one of the latest of my works and yet I did it some 6 months ago. By now I am approaching towards the finishing line in my quest of publishing my artworks from the past. I only have a couple of paintings left to go.

This sketch is beautiful to some extent but there's a funny mistake too. I won't point it out myself and I rather want you to point it out in the comments below. The mistake is crystal clear but you really need an eye of a artist to notice it. This makes me believe firmly that I certainly have some grasp into sketching but I still have a long way to go before I become perfect in it.

Photography has been proving a boon for me as it has allowed me to digitize and publish my artworks so easily. This has helped me give life to my sketches and paintings once again. I hope it will motivate me to work on arts again.


The sketch below is a real sketch. Sketches are meant to capture the subject of art in a rough and quick manner. This landscape lives up to that purpose of sketching and that's why I call it a real sketch!

Sketch of a Stream Landscape

Please have your say about these sketches in the comments below. And don't forget to find out the mistake that I talked about in the sketch above, especially recommend for the beginners and artists. Normal people may never notice it because that mistake can be uncovered only from the eye of an artist. So, if you don't find it then please don't lose any sleep over it.

Bis Hajari Taal Photo-walk - My First Serious Photography!

It hasn't been long since I started taking photography seriously and the credit to kindle this new interest in me goes to Google+. Ever since I joined Google+ I have seen a kind of revolution in the fields of my interests and photography is just one among them. And although I have done photography before, this is the first time I am serious about it.

After collecting quite some experience vicariously from Google+, I felt like going on a real photography adventure. As a result, I decided to go to a nearby touristic place, Bis Hajari Taal ("Taal" means lake in English), and have some fun. The lake got its name from 'Bis Hajar' - a Nepali phrase meaning 20,000 - because there are a lot of water-bodies which constitute to form this lake. This place is famous for bird watching. Apart from that, one can see crocodiles on the lake especially in the winter season. And above all, this place is great for its naturally beautiful panorama!

Forest in Bis Hajari Taal Area

The lake 'Bis Hajari Taal' lies in the middle of a forest. The picture of the woods above was taken just before I could reach the lake.

Photography in Bis Hajari Taal

The lake is just beginning and you can see the bodies of water and patches of grasses here. A large part of the water body has been covered by weeds and grasses in this lake.

Bis Hajari Taal

The scene in this photograph is same as the above one, only a little change in perspective.

Irregular shape of the Bis Hajari Taal

As you can see, the lake is progressing and this photograph has captured the irregularity of the lake better than any other pictures above. The lake is very vast and more than that it is very very irregular. The whole lake can never be captured in a single shot unless it is shot from the sky. This is the reason why the lake is named 'Bis Hajari Taal'!

Main body of Bis Hajari Taal with beautiful reflection of the trees

This is the picture of the main body of the lake and probably this is one of my best shots out there. As you can see, the irregular shape of the lake and the reflection of the trees have jointly worked their magic to make this photo look beautiful.

I will publish more photographs from this photo-walk once I finish processing them.

Please feel free to comment, give suggestions and share this post among your friends in Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Cheers!

Sketches of Temples

Sketch of Maula Kalika Temple
This is the sketch of famous Maula Kalika temple situated on top of a hill in Gaidakot of Nawalparasi district. It is also known as "Danda Kalika" ("डाँडा कालिका") because of its location on top of the hill.

Devotees from all over Chitwan and Nawalparasi visit this temple everyday to worship Goddess Kalika. However, the number of visitors is usually higher in Tuesday and Saturday and various other religious festivals and occasions because of the religious causes.

The temple lies on the hilltop and you need to take a half an hour walk uphill to reach the there. On the way you can get to enjoy the sights of the forests, statues of Gods and so on. There are some stops where you can take photographs or rest for a while if you get tired. After you reach to the top you can see the panoramic views on all the directions. Therefore, this temple is important not only from religious point of view but also from the touristic point of view.


The temple below is the temple of Maitidevi from which the place got its name. It lies in the north of Maitidevi Chowk in Kathmandu. This is the sketch I made on the spot visiting the temple although I edited it later. I made this during my stay in Kathmandu and since I used to live near this area I used to visit this temple occasionally.

Sketch of Maiti Devi Temple


This temple is famous among the local people of Maitidevi and Dillibazar. Many people residing there visit the temple regularly in the morning and in the evening to worship Goddess "Maitidevi".

Historical Landscape

Sketch of a Castle, Urban Landscape, Building
I drew this sketch by seeing a sketch from the web. So, I don't know much about it. I had sketched this picture as well while learning to make sketches.

At a glance, it resembles a historical place with buildings of archeological importance. However, I'm not even sure whether it is real or imaginary!

The computer processing of this image was really interesting. I took three snaps of the sketch and cropped them in photoshop. Out of the three I could only manage to get one sketch with optimum exposure of light that I wanted. The other two were frustrating with no good exposure. They looked better from other perspectives, but since light plays a major role in photography, it is not only important to achieve good exposure of light but also very difficult and challenging. It is perhaps the most challenging part of imaging (photography). I feel lucky to have done this one correctly although in the third attempt.

Sketch of a Deer

I had come to know about sketching for the first time while I was pursuing my A levels in Kathmandu. Ever since I am in love with this form of art because, first the sketches don't require as much time as paintings, second they are relatively easier, and third they can be made as good as paintings since you can add as much or even more details to them.

Sketch of a Deer

I have filled almost two sketchpads with sketches and I am posting only the good ones among them here.This sketch is of the same time, while I was just learning to sketch. I drew this from a book, whose name I forgot by now because it's almost more than two years since I drew this.

This sketch of deer is very rewarding since it looks quite beautiful and real. If you are a beginner I suggest you to choose those types of pictures for drawing which are easy to draw and beautiful to look at afterwards. This will keep motivating you during your learning stage. Since the works of art are time consuming and require a lot of effort to master it is easy to get impatient and unmotivated halfway. That's why, sketching the most rewarding sketches like this one is really important for you.

Landscape Paintings

I hadn't any idea about painting until I was in grade 8. I came to know about water color then. While this is an interesting fact about me, a more amusing fact is that even after using acrylic painting for a year or so, I hadn't known its real name. Probably I learnt its name in my AS Level (equivalent to grade 11). Before that I had known it from the name of fabric (or cloth) painting.

You may wonder, how I bought those paints? Also the more intelligent of you may think that perhaps someone had gifted them to me. However, I got them by myself - from a stationery shop - but I didn't ask for them by the name "Acrylics". Had I done so - as I reflect over the matter today - probably the shopkeeper wouldn't have understood what I meant. However, buying the paints was simple to me because the shopkeeper showed me all the types of paints available there when I asked him about them by a general name - perhaps aided by some description. I had chosen the most suitable one, the Acrylic paint, for me after considering a lot of things.

Landscape Painting of a Highway

This small story of mine is just one fine example of my ignorance. I neither took painting classes nor read any literature about painting in those days. My own logic and styles used to work in most of the circumstances. However, my style had a serious demerit that it was very time consuming. Also I got to see some pictures made by using water colors in a somewhat rough but yet attractive manner and I was overwhelmed with the idea of using water colors. Since it didn't require any extra material I immediately painted the first picture in that new style.

My credit here goes to Prakash Dai! (I can only remember his first name now; he used to paint in Rana Arts Hakimchowk at the time when he had introduced this concept to me in brief for the first time.) and Navin Bhakta Adhikari sir who had taught me some of the basic concepts. However, I couldn't reap much benefits from him, which I could have easily done had I wanted. But I was the kind of person who liked to do things on his own (I still have this instinct!) and not give unnecessary burden to others and hence I didn't do that. I learnt from him, some basic concepts, when he taught me as a preparation for competitions. Although he had clearly introduced me to the styles used in the paintings of this post, I had to learn its importance by myself before I eventually wanted to experiment this style.

Hilly Landscape in Water Colors (Black and White)

Again, I made the second painting much later. Here I used water colors to make black and white style of painting. I had seen this type of style in the paintings kept in Thamel for sale during my stay in Kathmandu. Sometimes I used to visit Thamel and Basantapur area just to see the paintings made in different styles.

These paintings have taught me a lot of things - from the mistakes I have made in them - but I'll have to wait for a long time to apply this new knowledge in my upcoming paintings because I am too busy, right now, building the so-called career. Hope I will find time someday to get back to painting again!

Sketches of Men - Muscleman & Sincere Men!

Sketch of the Superman
He is a fictitious character.You can call him by any name in the format xyz-man, super-man, per-man (yes, that cartoon character), or muscle-man, etc. Perhaps muscle-man would be a better and a unique name for him, wouldn't it?

This muscle-man is just around 2 years old and I am his creator. You know that special xyz-man don't need to go through the natural process of birth and development. They are born in mind of creator first and then in the media and quickly take over the mind of others. The ability to make things happen quickly and swiftly makes them a special-man.

Needless to say, they have huge figure which, of course, can be adjusted according to the need of the situation. Don't be afraid if you think he looks fierce. Most of the man in this category are good except the equivalent villains which come out of nothing, probably automatically, but they will always be defeated by the special-men. So, you needn't loose your sleep over this matter!

Men at Work - Sketch by Prem Gaire
That's enough rant for the muscle-man! Now the turn of the sincere-man who work hard all day long with all their might to achieve something great. These men at work are not only difficult to draw but to imagine as well. However, I didn't have to do the second part as I did this from a book. The single best way to capture them would be to draw them by seeing the real men at work or taking their picture first and then converting it into your art form. Anyway, as you excel in your experience these works will look simpler and more rewarding. I get impressed very much when I see the sketches made with very few strokes, which can communicate the message as effectively as the detailed pictures. Yes, art is about communicating your message using brushes, strokes, colors, etc.

The sincere-men are profoundly involved in their tasks and let's not disturb them by my unnecessary rants. Ssh!!!

My Dream Girl: So to Speak!

Portrait Sketch of my Dream Girl
Do you guys have a dream girl? (or dream boy if you are a girl?)

Women certainly have some charm in them which fascinates many of us and I am not an exception. But I'm not the person who is obsessive and crazy about girls either. For this reason, most of my friends consider me a nerdy fellow but hey, I am as fun-loving!

Another thing is that I don't have much time for fun now. (You probably might be lucky enough to have plenty of time for having fun - and with girls! Don't mean me otherwise and I swear that if I had time for fun it wouldn't be with girls and I'm not trying to act as if I'm innocent, I mean it!) Therefore, I have to enjoy whatever I do (and I don't regret it in anyway), to keep the level of fun at some height.

Let's get back. I was talking about my dream girl and she is the one - I must say! However, I don't have, and will never have, any intention to pursue her (my dream girl) seriously. For me girls are fascinating and, as I already said, I don't want to go beyond that to see the flaws and the other side of their beautiful figure. Sorry girls; I'm bound not to lie here and believe me, you don't have to be upset either because no one is perfect in this real world. Some flaws are evident while others are not and I don't want to witness your flaws which are not evident to me up to now. In fact, I will never want that.

Then why am I calling her my dream-girl? I knew you would ask me this - at least from what I just said - and here's my clarification:
I made her picture totally out of my own imagination! This means many things. First, how did the idea to draw a girl originated in my mind? Because I do have some feelings (cough! cough!) and some space for girls. Second, dream girls are pure, innocent, and more than anything "naturally beautiful" and so everyone likes their dream girl. (I haven't heard anyone say: I love this girl because she looks beautiful only after a good makeup!) Third, whatever I imagine is mostly my dream and even if you told me your dream and said, "Just Imagine how was that like!" I would imagine it in my own way, quite modified from the one you saw and described and I would give my personal touch, at least to the extent it becomes unique and my very own. So, my imagination is my dream and hence, any girl in my imagination must be my dream girl, so to speak!

Sketch and Painting of a Rose

Sketch of a Rose
This is a sketch of a rose and I drew this quite a long time ago. Although I prefer painting to sketching, sketching or drawing is, however, unavoidable because to paint a picture at least an outline sketch is necessary. Abstract painting and professional painters can be the exception to this but  for the learners like me first and the most important step is to get a good sketch or outline. Therefore, I sketched this rose first. Later, when I felt like painting I simply drew its outline and then made its painting which I am posting below.

While painting this I chose to do some adventure and hence used acrylic colors. However, I decided to paint it in the water color style which I had learnt recently and thus, I nearly messed up.

Painting of a Rose

If I had used water colors, then, this painting would have looked better because I could have corrected the errors easily and the water colors were more suitable with this theme as well. However, still, I thought I should post this because it would first, help me know the opinions of audiences and second, it would be safe in a digital format online (who knows the real version may get old, damaged or whatever in course of time although they are safe with me at present) and it would become a matter of remembrance later.

The problem with this painting is too high contrast and that was difficult to adjust with the acrylic colors. Acrylic colors are better when you don't have to show a lot of variations in color. Here I tried to vary color from dark, in the inner part of the petals, to very bright, in the outer part. However, I didn't manage to achieve that range.

I had painted a beautiful rose with acrylic colors a few years back and I didn't know water color style of painting back then and I used my own intuition or aptitude to paint that. Back then, I had learnt to use acrylic colors only through my experience and hence, I somehow, used to manipulate colors in my favor and that worked well for that time. I have two beautiful paintings of that time using acrylic paints and I will post them here someday!

Your views and suggestions in the comments below.

Marigold Flowers in Autumn

Autumn, a season of festivals, is going on here in Nepal and we'll be getting to see a lot of flowers of various kinds blooming all around in this season. The flowers and festivals both share religious importance in common and one of the most popular flower in the festivals, especially Tihar, is marigold. It is used to make garlands, which is put around the neck of a brother by his sister as a part of ritual.

Marigold Flower

This is the top view of marigold flower in full bloom.


This is the side view of the marigold flower. A few young buds are also captured.

Marigold Flower

This photograph is a bit dramatized by giving a purple background through Photoshop.

Yellow colored Marigold

This marigold is a bit different from above ones in both color and type.

A picture of a flower photographed by Prem Gaire using 2.0 MP mobile camera.

This one is a different flower and I don't know its name.

Please give your feedback on these images and I'll try to work according to your suggestion in my coming photography adventures (actually not adventures).

My First Experiment with HDR Photography!

I am always interested in things which are artistic, innovative, and productive. Photography is an art form which has all these qualities. With it, I can use my own skills and approaches to take images; I get the freedom of what and how to do things; and finally, when I am done I get a tangible output like the one I'm showing below. That's why I am keenly interested in photography and I love it very much!

HDR Image of Sunset

I had considered camera as an important part while buying a mobile phone last year. It was a simple mobile with 2MP camera and I thought it was great but the wave of technology had already made that totally irrelevant even before I bought it. However, the good part of photography is that good devices aren't always necessary to take good photos. You should have good knowledge and skills which are its prime requirements and for this you have to learn either through reading or through experience, but a combination of both is the best strategy I think.

Obviously, it hasn't been a long time since I started taking photography seriously and I am proud to be a beginner. I learnt that photography is an important art, from my 3 months journey of Google Plus, and as a blogger and an art loving person I figured out that I should learn photography seriously. And in the time that followed, I learnt about HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography from Trey Ratcliff. (If you are on Google Plus, I recommend you to follow him.) I used to love his exciting photos he posted there. So, to learn more about his photography techniques I read his HDR tutorial and researched quite a lot on the internet. And now, I managed to create just a single good HDR processed photograph as my first work. I am motivated with this success and I will be doing more in the days to come.

Please provide me feedback about whether you like this or not in the comments section below. Since I am a beginner I will appreciate your suggestions a lot. Thank you in advance.

Paintings of Mountains

The painting of mountains are really very easy for the beginners and hence these can be the starting point to start painting. However, they are equally popular with professional artists because you can always have a better painting of a mountain and the best ones I have seen are the paintings kept for sale in Thamel, and Hanuman-Dhoka Durbar Square Area in Basantapur. You can find a varieties of mountain paintings there. Some are just plain paintings while those I like the best are of evening sights, in yellow and orange colors with purple sky.

Painting of a Mountain

I made this painting by using the acrylic colors. The good aspects of the acrylic colors are that they look very bright. However, it is difficult to rectify errors if anything goes wrong.

Painting of Mt. Ama Dablam

This is the painting of Mt. Ama Dablam which lies near Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak. I was inspired to draw this one too by seeing the black and white paintings in Thamel. There are many inspiring artworks at display in the art galleries of Thamel.

I saw some monochrome paintings of mountains in Thamel and became eager to try one for myself. I finally came up with this work and I have got good comments for it as well, probably because of its unique style - I guess.

Painting of an Imaginary Mountain

This painting is my imaginary work. This is the first painting I made in French Cartridge Paper and I immediately fell in love with the paper. You can see its texture clearly on the sky part of the picture. It's texture, thickness and brightness are it's distinct features which set it apart from normal chart papers. I found this paper perfect for doing watercolor paintings.

Update:

The painting below is one of the paintings which I didn't publish earlier thinking that it wasn't good but recently I thought I should reveal my bad works as well because that can be motivating for the beginners. So, I published it as well.

Painting of Mt. Dhaulagiri
Painting of Dhaulagiri Mountain (15.5 x 24 cm)

This painting is of Mt. Dhaulagiri, which is the Earth's seventh highest mountain at 8,167 meters from the sea level. This mountain lies in the Himalayas in Nepal.

I painted this mountain from a postcard picture. While trying to paint it, I couldn't handle the watercolors well because of the lack of experience. So, I became frustrated and started painting it haphazardly just to finish the paint I had mixed. I already knew that this was going to be a waste. This was saved just because of my love for the Cartridge paper I had just bought.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post and viewing my paintings. I hope to know your views in the comments below.

Sketches of Animals

Elephant is the largest land animal and it is found in the plain lands of Asia and Africa. I made this sketch by referencing a photograph from WetCanvas (online forum of artists) and for your information it is free from copyright law. This sketch was done with quick strokes, but I was too restless to complete this in a single sitting.
Sketch of Elephant
Sketch of Elephant

Sketch of a Young Buffalo at my home!
Sketch of a Young Buffalo!
I sketched this figure of a young buffalo of my own house. It was probably one year old when I sketched it. Isn't it looking pretty?

However, I made a surreal background later to give it a context. It is in open place and not in a barn because it was brought into the open sun for warmth in the winter season and it's already over a year now, after I drew this.

It was quite motivating when I drew this by looking at the real animal. Now I can see some flaws on it! But I won't tell you where they are. It's a secret!

Sketch of a Cow and a Calf
Sketch of a Cow and a Calf
I had an easy time drawing this cow and its calf. Look! how pretty and innocent they look. The calf is not perfect in the neck. I should have considered a little more bending. I was just in a hurry to finish while sketching this. I noticed the fault much later.

I had felt like a rush while sketching this because I was very aggressive then and I wanted to learn to sketch fast.

Sketching really tests your patience more than anything else and it took a lot of time to improve and I'm still learning! Sometimes, some pictures turn out to be more beautiful than others because that specific kind of picture was either practiced more or it was really easy to draw.

Sketch of a Hippopotamus
Sketch of a Hippopotamus
This hippo was also an easy drawing (I mostly draw easy pictures!) but it's beautiful (although far from perfect). I sketched this one during one of my leisure periods while doing my A Levels.

The following sketch is the sketch of Rhinos, which shares similar habitat with the elephants. The sketch is a practice work done casually on a cheap chart paper and is thus, different from the above paper.
Sketch of Rhinoceros
Sketch of Rhinoceros

Rhinos are also huge animal like elephants. Their numbers are decreasing because of the poaching and illegal hunting to obtain their horn, which has a huge value in the black market. Despite this situation, we should pride on the fact that rare species of rhinos, the one-horned rhinoceros are found only in Nepal, my motherland, and India.

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