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Featuring Ramesh Jhawar – A highly talented and upcoming water color artist!

Watercolor is one of the most misunderstood painting mediums. Most art lovers and artists do not give this medium the same amount of love and affection as they shower on the oil or acrylic medium. Water color like the other mediums has its strengths and weakness. Truth be told, the water color medium when mastered, can help an artist capture the play of natural light on every day scenes. This medium enables a skillful artist to weave transparent effects into their paintings and empowers the artist to create vibrant and captivating art work.

Scarletcanvas is pleased to feature Ramesh Jhawar, a highly talented watercolor artist from India!

Ramesh Jhawar, Watercolor artist, India

Ramesh, born in India to a traditional and affluent business family defied pressures from his family to follow his heart and passion to become a full time artist. In his own words, “I find a certain joy in painting with watercolors which was missing in other mediums. The luminosity and the vibrancy of the medium is just unmatched.  I have been painting with watercolors for a few  years now and each day it is a new learning experience for me.”

Indian themes, everyday mundane scenes…… these are what Ramesh’s pictures depict. So if you are wondering what might be new here, well….the way Ramesh magically captures the play of light on his subject will leave you enthralled. Wondering what I am talking about? Have a look for yourself……

Vivid Wall, Ramesh Jhawar

Taaza Samachar, Ramesh Jhawar

Marina Chennai - Chennai, Ramesh Jhawar

Calm Pond, Ramesh Jhawar

At The Traffic Light, Ramesh Jhawar

See what I am talking about? Isn’t the shadows, the reflecting lights and the varying colorful hues mesmerizing? Doesn’t it leave you in a state of trance? If you, as an art collector are looking to diversify your collection, I highly recommend you take a look at Ramesh’s work. Ramesh has held several shows and exhibitions and has sold his paintings in numerous countries.

Ramesh’s contact details:

Ramesh Jhawar

Reach out to him, shower him some love, buy his art work and patronize original artists!!!

Until next time…


‘Lady with the lamp’ is not the work of Raja Ravi Varma!

I am back after a couple of week’s hiatus 🙂 And I bring to you three phenomenal artists whose work range from watercolor to photography to oil painting that I’ll write about in the coming days.

But first things first. On April 22nd, I posted a blog titled, ‘Do you want to buy reproduction art?’ In that blog, I had brought to the reader’s attention such masterpieces like Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, Raphael’s ‘Woman with the veil’, Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ and Raja Ravi Varma’s ‘ Lady with the lamp.’

S.L.Handalkar, 'Lady with the lamp', wrongly attributed to Raja Ravi Varma

And I made a mistake. One of the phenomenal artists’ that I’ll be writing about, Ramesh Jhawar, pointed to me that this painting is by S.L.Handalkar and not Raja Ravi Varma as most of us think. So thank you Ramesh for pointing out the error and I apologize to the readers for putting up a blog that failed to recognize the true artist.

Now that the correction has been made, I have another important task – investigate and find out the origins of this wrong attribution of the fantastic painting to Raja Ravi Varma! A few hours of research kind of leads me to a few possible answers:

1. The original is displayed in Jaychama Rajendra Art Gallery at Jaganmohan palace, Mysore, which houses several of Ravi Varma’s original paintings which could have easily led people into believing that this one too is a Ravi Varma masterpiece. And of course the multiple articles that attribute this to Ravi Varma would have just solidified the myth.

2. Many people believe the model to be a lady from the Kerala royal family (Kerala is a state in Southern India and the place Ravi Varma hails from). And when you think Kerala, which other artist comes to mind other than Ravi Varma? But a note to be made here is that the model too is wrongful attribution and is in fact S.L.Haldankar’s daughter!

3. Ravi Varma is most remembered for his paintings of beautiful sari-clad (an Indian garment popular in Southern India) women. And this painting fits the bill perfectly!!!!!

But at least now I know the truth and am wiser today than yesterday 🙂 And reading this blog, you know this too. So spread the word about S.L.Haldankar and his ‘Lady with the lamp’ so we don’t deny an artist credit that his rightfully his!

BTW, the medium used in the painting is watercolor and the surface on which it is painted is handmade paper. And talking about watercolors, watch out for my blog on Ramesh Jhawar and his spectacular watercolor paintings.

Until next time…

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