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Monkeys of Mathran

Monkeys of Mathran

Acrylic on paper, 12″x 16″

August 2014

Matheran has hundreds of monkeys wandering all over and causing mischief. Tourists love to take pictures of them, especially of the baby monkeys plying with each other. However monkeys are more interested in the food and the variety of the new items they can play with. Tourist who are not aware of that many times leave the windows open and cameras and other objects in open areas. Guess what? Before can you turn around the food and the objects disappear and the monkeys are gone in the trees. I thought I had closed the window ( but did not latch it properly), the monkeys got in my room and tried to taste my paints but left them alone. However the chocolates that I had brought as gift for some friends, were gone by the time I got back to the room!

Matheran Garden point

Matheran Garden point

There are around 38 designated look-out points in Matheran, including the Panorama Point that provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding area and also the Neral town. From this point, the view of sunset and sunrise is dramatic. Due to the fog and the rain I did not go to any of the points but one, which was on the way to the hotel. This painting was done right after that.

Tommy’s Joynt

Tommy’s Joynt

Acrylic on Canvas paper,

9″ x 12″  Sept. 21st, 2014

 

This is Mari and Alex’s one of the favorite place to eat in San francisco. I have been there many times also, and it is a San Francisco Landmark. I decided to paint it as their wedding gift. I thought that I could paint it in a few hours, but, it took me almost two days and I finished it in the nick of time (only an hour before the wedding). It was HOT off the press. After they opened it someone made  a comment that one day that painting will fetch enough money to buy it. I thought they were talking about buying a sandwich there. So I said hopefully at least enough to buy two (sandwiches) , but then they corrected me saying, enough to buy the place itself ! May their wish come true, someday!

Matheran Marathon

Matheran Marathon

Two days in Matheran in total solitude. All I did for two days was Paint, Eat, Sleep..Paint, Eat, Sleep… 17 paintings. It was a marathon in Matheran

Matheran Moon Dance

Matheran Moon Dance

16″ X 12″ | Acrylic on Paper 9/5/14

It was monsoon when I visited Matheran (hill-station near Mumbai) no moon was visible, only rain and fog. However I kept imagining full moon and what it would be like to dance in the full moon light, since it is closer to the moon being on a hill-station.

Narrow Gage To Matheran

Narrow Gage To Matheran

12″ x 16″ | Acrylics on Canvas | 9/4/2014

Train was closed for monsoon but the shuttle was running.

Jyoti Making Tea

Jyoti Making Tea

11″ X 14″ | Acrylics on Paper | 9/2/2014

My daily morning experience in Pune.