Sunday, 25 October 2015

Still life with Oranges, Plums and Garlics

Still life with Oranges, Plums and Garlic, Oil on Canvas, 18" X 24" 
This canvas is slightly larger than those that I can handle comfortably. Henceforth I am planning to paint larger regularly so I dont have to feel intimidated by the occassional commissions I receive :).
I am not exactly happy with the blank forground. NExt time I will try to create a more balanced composition.
Thank you so much for visiting. Comments and critiques please .....

Monday, 12 October 2015

Sunny Morning Soliloquy

Sunny Morning Soliloquy, Oil on Canvas, 20" X 16" 
Its been some time since I posted anything new here. That is because I was busy completing the colour charts as described in Richard Schmid's book Alla Prima II. Each chart just seemed to take forever especially since I did all of them with a pallette knife. It was certainly an exhausting exercise but I feel more confident with colour now. Of course I will have to keep studying them periodically to grasp all the info they offer. I will be posting them in the near future. I noted that some colours result in really surprising mixtures, for e.g. Alizarin Crimson + Viridian give a beautiful purply-violet, Viridian, alizarin and Indian red are very strong colours and they dominate every mixture much more than the other colours even when added in traces, yellow ochre tends to darken every mixture it is added to etc. I am sure there is a lot more to discover. :)

The above painting "Sunny Morning Soliloquy" was done from a photograph I took very near to the place I live. The background was quite busy and I tried to quite it down to make sure it doesnt distract attention from the centre of interest. All comments are most welcome.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Navn Again

Navin, Charcoal on Paper, 15" X 11"
One more portrait sketch of my friend Navin from life, this time in charcoal. This time I feel its a much closer likeness. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 24 August 2015


Navin, Oil on Canvas, 18" X 12.5"
This is a portrait of my friend Navin done from life yesterday afternoon. It was a wonderful experience and I am sure I have learnt a lot of things from thi unconsciously. I was really hoping that I would capture the likeness to the best of my ability so that he is not disappointed. In the end he was quite happy .... although I can certify that he is much better looking than this ;)
Thanks Navin and thanks everyone for stopping by. Comments and critiques please :)

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Still Life with Garlics

Still Life with Garlics, Oil on Canvas, 14" X 18"
Still life has always been my favourite subject. It gives the opportunity to employ principles related to colour, value edges etc. to painting from life without having to depend on anyone. This one took me about 3 days (2 hrs every day in the morning). 
Thanks for stopping by. All comments and critiques are most welcome.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Moula Ali Yard IV

Moula Ali Yard IV, Watercolour on Paper, 14" X 20" 
I have painted several times at this very spot. However, since this is part of a railway marshalling yard, every time there is something new. Last time it was a track repair machine. This time is was an old abandoned guard coach. I also love this place because there is little disturbance due to passers by. 

I hope you are enjoying seeing my plein air efforts. Thanks for stopping by. All comments and critiques are most welcome.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Self Portrait using a mirror

Self Portrait, Oil on Paper, 15" X 11"
Lately I have been trying to take every opportunity of painting from life, especially landscapes (I have always painted still lives from life). But when speaking of portraiture, you need someone else who is equally enthusiastic as you are (which, in my limited experience, is quite difficult). So I am planning to do a few more of these self portraits using a mirror in different lighting situations and orientations. That way I hope to ensure I will be in good nick when someone finally agrees to pose and wont disappoint them :). The likeness here is quite close, but not perfect.
Thank you for stopping by. All comments and critiques are welcome :)