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

Pond Feet

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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Morning in the Woods

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"36"

Since a month, painting has been keeping me busy, for a change :-). Got done three of them. One of them was my first commissioned painting, which I shall post later.
I enjoyed painting this scene from a reference photo. Added in the deer and experimented with the foliage.  In my opinion, painting bigger just feels visually better, especially landscapes. This was also a learning experience in terms of adjusting the values. Achieving the right values when there are many colors in the painting is tricky in the beginning. Its easier when you have just two or three colors to play with. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ships Ahoy!

Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 36"

I enjoyed painting this fantasy scene for my 11yr old son. He loves drama on high seas involving ships and pirates of the bygone days.

Its the first time I'm painting a fairly big size (24"x 36"), which required me to stand and paint for the most part. The process of conceptualizing this painting was interesting.  Each of the elements was referred from various photographs and putting them all together was the challenge. Deciding the color scheme, painting the choppy sea and bringing out the lights and darks in the painting were the other challenges. Overall, it was a fun project and my son is eagerly waiting to hang it in his room.

To give you an idea briefly, here is how I achieved my composition-