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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Green Apple with Rose

Another Apple-rose subject this week.
6 x 8 , oil on canvas panel. Colors; White, Chrome Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, , Burnt Sienna and a touch of Alizarin Crimson.
Medium : Maroger .
I'm not too happy with the rose. That's the objective of this particular range of paintings I'm doing. To get the flowers right. :)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Apple with roses

Back after a looong break! Like I mentioned before, its a real luxury to be able to paint DAILY!!
Remember that, write that down where you can see it daily, and rejoice that you ARE able to afford that luxury, if you are a daily painter, or one of those lucky ones who can paint daily !! Lol.
Work seems to have taken over . With just a hour each in the morining and evening, I really couldnt fit in a painting schedule. Today Sunday , I dashed in this small 6 x 8" oil on canvas.
For the next few weeks, I will be using the same subject, roses and apples, although I may vary the fruit used. This is to help me get used to painting roses, and from there master the art of painting flowers.
Oil on Canvas, 6 x 8".

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Chart showing the application of Oil medium

This is a chart I made to show the application in layers of Oil painting medium.

This is a popular approach. Your approach could vary. 

Feel free to copy , print, publish, and distribute this.  

(Click on image for bigger printable jpeg)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Red Pepper with Steel Bowl

Oil on Paper. 6x8" 

The past two weeks were kind of hectic for me, as I was travelling, and found no time to paint.

Monday, September 08, 2008

The Zorn Palette

And here's the Anders Zorn Palette:
(Click on image for bigger printable version)

The final painting.

Although really far from the original, I don't think its too bad for a three hour job. :)

Oil on canvas panel. 36 x 24" .

Also on Sunday, I worked on my entry to the Anders Zorn Master of the Month (MOM) thread on Wet Canvas.

Although I used the Zorn palette, I found this painting "Woman Dressing" to have more yellow and Green than the usual colors he used. So I added in a bit of Chrome Yellow plus Sap Green .
This was done in about three hours. The reference image was a small Jpeg I got from
Final version:

Stage Three: Color lay in

stage II : block in

Stage  I : Sketch in with brush. This was an old canvas, which I had aborted, then re-applied a white wash, then covered it with a ground of burnt sienna, and alizarin crimson.
Canvas panel: 36 x 24"

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Red Peppers

Sunday, and I got these lovely red peppers. 

I first did the canvas panel version, before trying out a rough paper version.

Actually, I liked the rough paper version better than the canvas one.

Oil on Canvas and paper. Roughly 8 x 10 " 

The one on the right is the paper sketch.

The two versions seen side by side

 The paper version:

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Mug and Carrots

Ah, the luxury of being able to paint DAILY!!!!  

Hope I can experience that soon. :)

Today was a holiday here in India. The famous Elephant God festival. Ganesh Chaturthi. So, took my time setting this up and painting it. Normally I paint before I go to work. So I hurry through things.

Carrots can be quite luminous. I pulled these carrots outa the fridge. They were a few days old. If you can get the reddish variety of carrots , paint them in the sunlight. The luminous orange is fantastic.

Remember, when painting metallic objects that reflect the surroundings, the metal takes on the color, in most cases, of the background. So if you are painting metal make it a point to have some the metallic color on the metal, in the background.

This is 8 x 10" , Oil on Canvas. Done in an hour and a half.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Two Pears

I'm hooked on Pears!! 

This is a 8x6" oil on canvas panel. Im painting on a canvas after a long time on MDF boards.

Along with the colors I used on the previous pear painting, I added Mauve to the list, to get the dark background. 

Thursday, August 14, 2008


I always was fascinated by this lovely fruit, but never had the oppurtunity to eat it.
Pears are grown in India in the northern mountain regions, but not easily available in south India.
I always wanted to paint pears, so I went ahead and did this 6x7" oil on board today.
The painting was done live, without reference to the photo.

Pear, Oil on board, 6 x 7 ".
Time taken to paint , an hour.
Colors: White, lemon yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue , and a dash of Sap Green.

Photo. ( Public Domain, download & use at your free will for any purpose. )

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bottle with white Pebbles

A week later, I found the time to do my next small painting.
Bottle with white Pebbles. Oil on board. 6x7"

I liked the way the bottle turned out, but am not so happy with the pebbles.
Its too soft , and I found it a tough task to add the highlights. :)
Maybe if I had pulled the white down a bit.
Next time.  

And here's the photo , again I did not use the photo for reference, but painted it live.

( The photo is free for your personal use.)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Cup with spoon

I did this 7x6" Oil on Hardboard today, which after a long break is a first.
I played with contrasts, dark with light, also, the firm hard cup and spoon with the soft abstract nature of the paper napkin.

Cup with spoon
Oil on hardboard, 7 x 6 "
Wow!Its been just over a year since I posted the Ferrari painting!
This past year has been a learning experience for me! Just when you think you know everything, you hook a left, and suddenly you realise you don't know zilch! Im talking about all the factors that goes into a painting. Its like a elevator. The more you climb up, the more you can see. But you can paint from almost ANY level, no matter how much you know.

I've been feeding myself stuff about compostion, color theory, value composition , things one needs to be aware of if you are to be any good at what you do.
It will still take me a lot of attempts before I am satisfied.
Meanwhile remember at the start of this blog I 'd mention Im fighting a serious artist' block.

Friday, February 15, 2008

This , after horsing around with the sketch in Photoshop.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Back after a long gap!

Sorry folks, I had to be away.
I was needed to work on some 3d projects, and I now end up working full time!
So no time at present to do art. But I have worked out some free time, and i should be doing some art, although the frequency would be on the lower side.

This is a pencil sketch I did of an African elephant.