I am not an ornithologist. I do not know why these lovely birds are called 'The Lesser Flamingos'. They are one of the most exotic birds on this planet. They are generally seen in large flocks. With their bright colours they actually set the place on fire. A large flock in flight is an amazing sight specially if you have a chance to see them from air. I, as a helicopter pilot have been blessed with this opportunity many a times. God has actually been partial to these creatures in blessing them with so much grace and beauty. I, as an aviator, was once a part of an outfit which called itself 'The Flaming Flamingos'. I think this is a much more apt name and I am sure you will agree with me. Many artists have painted this subject and I am no exception.
This is a familiar sight for every Helicopter pilot who takes off in the morning into the hills. "Penetrating a thin layer of mist you see the morning sun rising on the horizon. The bright yellow light gives you a ray of hope- 'All is well'. The valley bottom is shrouded in mystery with a layer of fog. Somewhere in the distance is your destination. Another long day. At the end of the day I shall have another interesting story to tell". I saw a photograph clicked by a colleague and immediately wanted to paint it. The subject has been treated in an abstract style. Have tried out acrylics for the first time.
No one can beat amchee Mumbai in the fervour of celebrating festivals. Was on leave in Mumbai at Ramnavmi time. Came across this procession carrying the palanquin of Sai Baba. The euphoria was spontaneous and infectious. Wanted to step out and join the dance. Picked up my colours instead. This high speed sketch was created in minutes to catch the moment.