GUEST ARTIST: “Reawakening The Art In Me” by Shilpi Gupta

Shilpi Gupta Watercolor Painting Lanscape Grass Lake Trees

My name is Shilpi Gupta and I hail from Mumbai, India which is a country known for its vivid art and culture. My name originates from the Sanskrit word ‘शिल्प’ (Shilp) meaning ‘Art’. For me, art is that part of my life which has been hidden inside me for years. I believe that if you have any talent hidden inside you, then you will definitely get the opportunity to explore that in your life. One turning point is all you need.

During my childhood, when my mother used to call me a future artist, I used to stare at her in astonishment. I always felt that neither was I too great in drawing, nor in painting. But she always appreciated my artworks and boosted my confidence.

Bird and Orange Flowers Watercolor Painting​​​

Taking it as a hobby, I continued to become a computer engineer, then a project manager in a well-established software firm, and then a complete homemaker owing to family priorities. Till that point of time in my life, I had not explored with paints to that level. Neither did I have any knowledge about different mediums of painting, nor did I understand the meaning of each art. I never regretted anything in my life except that now, when I am being inclined towards painting and receiving loads of praises from family and friends, I will never ever be able to show any of those to my mother.

Watercolor Flower Black Background Reflection

It was only a few years after my mother’s untimely demise due to cancer, that my son had started his painting classes. Looking at all his artwork, an inner urge pushed me towards it. With the support of my family, I joined a short watercolor painting course to start with and since then, there has been no turning back. I just loved the paper turning colorful with my strokes. I loved the appreciation I started receiving after completion of each piece.

I started looking for something which looks beautiful as well as unimaginable for me to paint. I took up each painting as a challenge, something which I had never tried before and looked impossible for me to paint. In the process, I learnt something new with each of my paintings. I tried different types of textures for my backgrounds as I never liked to leave any part of the paper blank. I always thought that I should get a more professional level of training, but couldn’t do so. So I kept trying on my own.

I tried taking some help from the internet, but most of the lessons were learnt by trying out. I even tried out a 3 panel acrylic painting on canvas for my friend, which eventually turned out great. But I was never satisfied with any other mediums and always came back to watercolors. Watercolor was my first love and will continue to be so.

Rose Buds Watercolor Painting by Shilpi Gupta

I love painting bright and bold colors which most of us think are difficult to achieve with watercolor. I always draw out lightly on the paper before I start painting with colors. I never mix my colors on the palette. I like to paint directly on the paper, repainting with the different colors till I get the required shade. I love painting more of photo realistic paintings. I see most of the photo realistic paintings are in oil or acrylic. But I try to achieve the same with watercolor.

Watercolor Landscape Coastline by Shilpi Gupta
Nature inspires me a lot. I started by painting landscapes. I love painting reflections in water. I tried out 3d painting, paintings of glass, monochrome painting and even portraits. I painted beautiful birds and lovely flowers too. Basically I like to paint whatever looks appealing to my eyes. Today there is hardly any day when I do not paint. It is so peaceful. It is like meditation for me. The satisfaction of completing each artwork is awesome. There is a sense of achievement after creating each piece of beautiful art.

After a lot of coaxing from my near and dear ones, I recently made a website for my paintings. Creating this website was a learning experience too. Like in every other process in our lives, I have learnt a few lessons in this process as well. One is that, however much you feel that you have gained knowledge about a certain art or skill, there is always lots more to learn. So my motto is to keep learning and never stop doing that.

  • Apart from that, these are a number of skills and techniques related to watercolor painting that I learnt in the process.
  • Painting reflections and ripples in water, stones under water, waterfalls etc.
  • Achieving different shades in a monochrome painting.
  • Creating effects of light on opaque objects and appropriate shadows to give 3d effect.
  • Different background textures using salt, sponge, cling film, stippling over salt water
  • Palette knife like mosaic effect with a piece of cardboard
  • Bokeh background effect using sponge
  • Painting transparent glass and its shadow
  • Making the eyes and the lips in a portrait
  • Making feathers of birds and delicate part of the petals in flowers
  • Creating your art website for the first time

Watercolor Landscape At Sunset Simple by Shilpi Gupta
The art material which I use is something which is easily available in our local market and I am quite satisfied with it.
• A3 size 200gsm Anupam watercolor book
Camel artist watercolors
Camlin synthetic brushes
Winsor & Newton masking fluid

Watercolor Painting Lake At Sunset by Shilpi Gupta

I am grateful to Charlie and the Doodlewash community for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my experiences and my art. I hope someone gets inspired enough to play with colors and find the art hidden in them just like I did.

Shilpi Gupta

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  1. Walter F Pierluissi 2 years ago

    This a journey into the brightness of colors… I love the vibrancy and color display of your work… Great job and the most exciting view to my eyes, thanks for sharing it with us!!!!

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Walter. Happy to know that you liked my colorful art.

  2. Manish Rajguru 2 years ago

    Hi Shilpi, your artwork is beautiful and inspiring. I was able to relate to your story, since I am also a combination of Engineer + Artist. Thanks for sharing your story. I like your attitude toward life “keep learning and never stop doing that”

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Manish. I am sure there must be many more people falling in the same category of Engineer + Artist like us 🙂 Loved your style of painting and would definitely like to learn that too.

      • Manish 2 years ago

        Thank you for your response and checking my work.

  3. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    Mind-blowing works there, Shilpi! What a wonderful journey you’ve had and still enjoying it! Hope you will stay on these roads and continue to fascinate us!

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Zertab. That’s very kind of you.

  4. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Your work is so bright and beautiful, and your style is exceptional. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Sandra 🙂

  5. Sangeeta Gupta 2 years ago

    Excellent paintings. While Playing with colours , you are creating real effects to the nature’s paintings.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks a lot for the appreciation

  6. writerleenda 2 years ago

    Shilpi, You are not just an artist. You are a Master. Your mom was right of course as she just knew this from long ago. Your work is phenomenal and you could teach it. Yes. We need your work in the world.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you for taking the time to appreciate my work. Will definitely work upon your suggestion in the near future.

  7. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Shilpi,

    What beautiful paintings and what a talent you have for painting water and reflections! Your story was very inspiring! Im sure your mother proudly looks down at each of your paintings. So please dont feel sad that she could never see your recent work. Thanks again,


    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      I cannot thank you enough for the encouragement, Mugdha.

  8. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Beautiful work.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks a lot Gary. It means a lot coming from you.

  9. Stephen Booth 2 years ago

    Beautifull and Vibrant😀

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks for your valuable opinion, Stephen

  10. Annie 2 years ago

    Fantastic and awesome progress desr friend..keep painting and fascinating us through ur paintings. Stay blessed

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you soooo much dear friend Annie. It is because of your company that we could take our first painting lessons together. Hope you join doodlewash and get inspired once again to paint. Would love to see your blog here too 🙂

  11. Laura 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Love your palette and thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you Laura for liking it

  12. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Such vibrant colours and atmosphere thank you for sharing

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Susan. It means a lot

  13. Kellie 2 years ago

    I love this post, thank you! How beautiful that your Mum encouraged you and gave you confidence ❤️ I had to look twice at some of your pieces, I thought they were photos they were so life like 😊👌

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Kellie. From your motivational words, I feel a bit more confident that I was successful in achieving photorealism 🙂

  14. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Beautiful art!! Thank you for sharing your story!!

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you Mary 🙂

  15. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story and your art!

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Grateful for your words Karen

  16. Heisa 2 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Heisa 🙂

  17. Geetu Gupta 2 years ago

    Excellent work.very deep knowledge of art.keep doing.gr8 inspiration fr whole world.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank u so much Geetu 🙂

  18. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 2 years ago

    Shilpi, there is great peace and love in your work. I am so heartened by your pursuit of the talent that you dear Mother saw in you. You honor her memory through your paintings. Thank you for sharing.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Kathy. Would like to express my gratitude for such heart warming words

  19. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    Gorgeous birds and flowers! Thanks for sharing your story and work.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart Sharon.

  20. Amita Guota 2 years ago

    It’s good to see you giving real meaning to yours name “SHILPI”.Good art work till now , hoping to see more beautiful art work in future . I personally wish yours art work give you self satisfaction and happiness .
    Amita Gupta

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Forever grateful for the lovely appreciation and blessings. Thank you very much 🙂

  21. Manjushri 2 years ago

    Nice painting….. Thanks for sharing your experience…. I would like to do.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Manjushri

  22. Purnima Arun 2 years ago

    True to your name Shilpi, god gifted talent , am priviledged to be featuring in your article as well amongst your superlative artwork😊

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks Purnima for your appreciation always.

  23. Neeta 2 years ago

    Refreshing and touching paintings. Basic instincts of human beings comes out naturally and the same is very much required and bebeneficial for the society and it enhances cultural values to development.
    Wishing all the best. Always
    Our best wishes.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for your motivating words.

  24. Lorna Suyao Duldulao 2 years ago

    Very beautiful paintings, i love artworks

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks a lot Lorna.

  25. Sarita Shetty 2 years ago

    So vibrant and colourful. Love your dedication Shilpi.

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thanks dear Sarita from the bottom of my heart 🙂

  26. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    Nice work..keep the spirit!

    • Shilpi Gupta 2 years ago

      Thank you so much

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