Watercolor class


Dear friends,

Currently, I am busy recording videos for my upcoming class about watercolor painting in sketchbooks. The intention of this class is to show how watercolor painting can be easy and when done in a sketchbook, it can be even easier. By this, I mean that when I paint on an expensive sheet of watercolor paper, I have the fear of messing up and possibly wasting such a nice paper and getting a bad painting on it.

On the other hand, when I paint in a sketchbook, I have no such fear because I am not painting for a gallery or exhibition. Sketchbook is my private area where I get to practice fearlessly, mess up and still not feel guilty about it. I want my students to experience this freedom.

The truth is that when I paint without the fear of judgment, the painting usually turns out nicer than the painting done under the fear. Isn’t that the whole intention of practicing art, to be able to paint better and better?

Here are few stills from that class.


Eco-friendly Ganapati idol making workshop

Ganapati idol making workshop

This year’s first batch of Ganapati idol making workshop is starting on 1st July. There are few seats still open but you’ll have to register fast if you want to join this batch. Details and registration here: http://www.mandarmarathefineart.com/eco-friendly-ganapati-idol-making-workshop/

Glimpse of an old car – Urban Sketch

Glimpse of an Old car - Urban sketch

On last weekend when my family was out for shopping school items, I stopped my car at a quiet spot for some sketching. To my surprise, I saw an old car parked behind a compound wall just next to me. 

I spent next half an hour sketching that car on my iPad using Artrage App and the result is attached below. I am not a vintage car aficionado and so don’t know the make of the car. Let me know in comments if you recognize it. 

Glimpse of an Old car - Urban sketch

Glimpse of an Old car – Urban Sketch

Sketching in the car



P.S. This year’s first batch of Eco-friendly Ganapati idol making workshop starts on 1st July. For more information and registration, click here.

2017 Eco-friendly Ganapati idol making workshop


Registration for the batch starting on 1st July is open.

“Eco-friendly Ganapati idol making workshop” is a two-session workshop in which you’ll learn and make a Ganapati idol using clay with your hands and few simple tools. Over last 8 years, more than 1100 people of age from 15 to 75 have successfully made idols in these workshops. Interestingly, more than 95% had never made anything with clay earlier in life.

Now it’s your turn to join this workshop and make an idol with your own hands and feel more blessed.

Details of this batch:

Fee: Rs. 1800/- per participant.
Bonus: In addition to this in-studio workshop, you’ll also get FREE lifetime access to my online course “Learn to paint a Ganapati idol” ( worth $20) using which you’ll be able to paint the idol you make.

Material: All materials required to make the idol shall be provided for use during the workshop. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be taking home the idol you make.
Age criteria: Participant’s age must be 15 years or above. No upper age limit.
Sessions: This workshop is divided into 2 sessions.
Session 1: Saturday, 1 July 9.30 am to 12.30 pm – In this session, we’ll be making the base, torso and all four hands of the idol
Session 2: Sunday, 2 July 9.30 am to 12.30 pm – In this session, we’ll be making the head, trunk, ornaments and other details to complete the idol.

Click here for more information and registration!

World Environment Day

Off roading

June 5th is celebrated as World Environment Day. 

We need clean environment but the environment does not need us, humans. So, we owe it to our future generations that we clean up the mess that we have created. There is hope as the world unites to clean up the mess. We can do it!

Wishing you more walks off the road as being with nature is the best thing we can have.

“Off-roading”, Digital Watercolors


Wishing you a cleaner world!

Rain Lily

Rain Lily

After months of high heat, rain showers are a welcome change here in India. Rain Lilies are blooming all over and one came to my canvas too!

“Rain Lily”

9″ x 9″, Oil on canvas


I have a video of this being painted and will be releasing that as a tutorial here in a few days.

Enjoy the pre-monsoon showers but don’t forget to paint!