Friday, July 7, 2017

Still Life with Oranges


6"x6", Acrylic on Canvas

Enjoyed painting this still life with oranges and jug. The purpose of this exercise was to try using complimentary colors, such as blue and orange in this case. It has worked well, since these colors are pleasing to the eye. Plan to do paintings of other complimentary color sets as well. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

"Sit by the Palms" - Plein-air painting

12"x16", Acrylic on Canvas

This painting started as a plein-air exercise at a recent workshop that I attended. I finished it in my home studio.


Here are a few glimpses of the process...

 

Scene selection

Sketching 

Sketch 

Blocking in stage

Painting process

Nearing completion

   

Friday, February 17, 2017

Elks grazing in the morning light



41"x27",  Acrylic on Canvas

Enjoyed painting this scene of Elks grazing in the Jewel Meadow park. These are Roosevelt Elks or Olympic Elks found primarily in the pacific northwest of the US. And this painting is purely my interpretation of the actual scene.

The fairly big size painting posed quite some challenges. It required me to constantly step back and adjust the value relationships between different elements.The meadow required many rounds of glazing and achieving the subtle light/color shifts in the grass and flowers took real long time compared to other parts of the painting. At one stage, I got frustrated and stopped painting for two days. But the break helped me understand how to go about it and somehow resumed again, until I could pull it off!

In this painting, I was also experimenting to achieve color harmony which has always been a struggle for me. Composing this scene was challenging and fun. Various photographic references with some imagination helped. Took some artistic liberty in introducing a small pond, highlighting flowers and playing with the background light in the trees, to achieve an overall satisfying scene. And, this is one of the reasons I enjoy painting. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Graceful Graze


16"x20", Acrylic on Canvas


Got done with this painting today. It was fun to paint this scene which had been in my mind for quite sometime. Painting the grass seemed challenging, Thankful to my son for making me add few flowers in there :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Paravur lake" - study painting

11.5" x 8", Acrylic on Canvas

This is a small plein-air study of Iake Paravur. I loved painting this scene on location. Being my first plein-air painting, it was a wonderful experience. I was on a trip to Kerala state last month, and visited Paravur lake at Nedumgolam. The lake is part of the famous Kerala backwaters.  Here are some pictures of my set up..



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Beneath the Pond

Acrylic on wrapped canvas, 12"x16"

This is a whimsical art and I enjoyed painting this under-the-pond scene. Its fun once in a while to break all rules of reality :-). This was a commissioned work.





Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yumthang Valley


Acrylic on Canvas, 12"x16"

Got this painting done today and creating this scene on canvas was such a joy. Yumthang valley in the state of Sikkim is a picturesque place situated in the north eastern part of India. We visited this place couple of years ago in May, and I was in awe of the beauty of the Himalayan mountains all around. Come spring, the valley is laden with the vibrant rhododendron flowers which come in an array of colours such as pink, red, purple and white.

I took many pictures here, and this scene was chosen for my painting. Here is the reference picture.I added in the rocks,more flowers, clouds and did some colour shifts. What is satisfying is, since I intended this as a small study before doing a larger one, I did not get worked up, was not afraid to experiment and got done very quickly in about three sittings.