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Monday, April 20, 2009

Jar with Tomatoes

Oil on canvas panel. 8 x 10" 

Did this today.  Took about a hour and a half.  I've been wanting to paint these jars for a long time now. So I went out and bought a couple of them. One big , one small. They are used mainly for storing pickles , here in south India. They make excellent compositional elements.

The jar is yellow ochre with a bit of Cobalt Blue. For the background I mixed Cobalt Blue/Paynes Gray/a touch of crimson, and a dash of Yellow Ochre. Tomatoes are pure Vermillon, with Cobalt Blue added for shadows, along with a touch of the background color to harmonize it with the background.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Bananas in a metal bowl.

Oil on Canvas panel. 8 x 10"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009



Oil on canvas panel. 6x8"

Colors: Chrome Yellow, Vermillon, Yellow Ochre, Little bit of Crimson and Cobalt Blue in the shadows.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The big birds

Here's a larger image of the finished plein air. (Click on the pic to enlarge.)

Here's a cu of the birds.

Crane city on the Lake

My first plein air painting in a long long time! This is the lake I go to for inspiration. A short drive from my house. Its the location for most of my study into colors, composition, tone, etc.

My equipment is simple. A failed pochace box (!) acts as a table for materials. An alumunium easel helps to hold the support. The fact is local carpenters here don't know what a pochade box is. And i DID scout the whole of Bangalore city to buy one. But nada. Nobody , no artists in Bangalore uses a pochade box! So I had to go and coax my carpenter into making one. But the end result is so shaky, that you cannot paint on it, cos of the fact that we couldnt find a tee-nut here to hold the box to the tripod. So I decided to use it as a materials manager, and used my alumunium portable easel to paint. 

This scene is the bunch of trees where the cranes come . I have no idea what those cranes are, nor the names. Wish I knew though, but they were beautiful! Huge wing span, orange,  black and yellow. Lovely birds. 

This is first and last time im carrying a 12 x 16" canvas on a plein air trip!! Lol. It took me the best part of a couple of hours to finish this. The light changed , it become hot and sweaty. 

Here's the block in stage: 

The finished plein air:

12 x 16" , Oil on Canvas panel

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Hey People! Im back. Sorry for the looooong absence ! I was shifting residence. AND a lot of work. So I was kinda away from my easel. Now Im back, and the good news is I have set up my new studio. Well, its an office cum studio sort of. Will post some pics once its fully done up. Meanwhile this is my first painting in my new studio. I was testing the lighting and general setup and taste of my new place. And..... believe me, its great. Expect to see a LOT more works coming up.

So stay tuned.

Orange. Oil on panel. 6x8". About an hour.