India can overwhelm you with its colors- I have always felt that the reds there looked more red (redder?!) than anywhere else and vivid pinks, yellows and oranges are everywhere.
But look at it through a watercolorist's eyes and you will begin to appreciate the subtler nuances. Anurag Mehta is an amazingly talented watercolor artist living in the exotic City of Lakes, Udaipur in the northern state of Rajasthan in India.
His paintings evoke a gentler Rajasthan, where the sun dances on the waters and the cool shadows of the haveli's (traditional mansions) beckon you....
Watercolor Painting "Jaisalmer" by Anurag
Image from wikipedia: Facade of a mansion in Jaisalmer.
He is inspired by cityscapes and the architecture that surrounds him. Rajasthan is famous throughout the world for its cities full of forts and palaces and their amazing architecture. They are captured in intricate detail by Anurag and the city takes on a gentler hue.
A haveli - the traditional mansion.
He says "big gates and narrow streets are a peculiarity of the Lake city", Udaipur as you can see in this painting below, Moti Chouhatta (chouhatta: 4 markets together).
He juxtaposes the old architecture with contemporary street scenes that shows us the India of today - a country full of contradictions. His painting entitled Jodhpur is a picture of the old Rajasthani city of Jodhpur. Many of these cities are surrounded by a wall that protects the city and the wall is interspersed by gates - arched entryways as seen below. The old structure stands out like a quiet sentry in the middle of the busy street below. (Do note the Pepsi banner!)
"Hathi Pole" gate in Udaipur
I could go on and on because two of my favorites, watercolor paintings and Rajasthan, have been brought together, and that too by such a talented artist but to read what Anurag has to say and see more of his paintings, hop on over to his blog "Watercolor.. My Love".
All the painting images are courtesy of and copyrighted to Anurag Mehta.
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