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.

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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.

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