The Pink-browed Rosefinch – A Painting : Acrylic on Canvas 19″ x 23″

Chitkul, the last village in the Baspa valley, is a birdwatchers’ paradise. It is one of the few places in the western Himalayas that are higher than 3000m and are still accessible by road. To top it all, it is located in the Raksham-Chitkul wildlife sanctuary.

I have spent a lot of time birding in the areas around Chitkul. The Pink-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodochrous) is a common but very beautiful bird of this region. I have spent hours observing this bird in and around Chitkul. This painting is inspired by a sighting of a male on a dry bush. In this painting I have tried to capture the experience of seeing such a beautiful bird while alone in the wilderness of the Himalayas. Hope you enjoy it.





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The Pink-browed Rosefinch : A Painting

Acrylic on canvas  19″ x 23″


Closeups of some details of this painting.




If you want to know more about birding in the Raksham-Chitkul wildlife sanctuary, do have a look at my article “Birding in the Raksham Chhitkul Wildlife Sanctuary, Baspa Valley, Kinnaur” .


  1. Joanna February 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    How may I purchase a painting of this amazing rosefinch?

    • Somendra February 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Joanna,

      Thank you for appreciating the painting.

      Unfortunately “The Pink-browed Rosefinch” is not in stock with me. It was sold online soon after I completed it.

      I do sell my paintings online and I can ship the painting to any part of the world.

      I can send you an e-catalog of the paintings I have in stock.

      If you want a painting of a Pink-browed Rosefinch, I can commission one for you. You can buy it if you like it once it is finished 🙂

      Best regards,


  2. Ashok Mohindra October 28, 2017 at 7:30 am #

    Wonderful paintings. Are they for sale please

    Ashok Mohindra

    • Somendra December 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

      Thank you Ashok 🙂
      Yes, I do sell my paintings 🙂

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