Monday, March 17, 2014

The Red Trolley

If you have been to Laguna Beach, California, you must have sure seen one of these Trolley's. Laguna Beach is a beautiful city with scenic beaches and an awesome artist community! During summer and special events during the year, these Trolleys run from Parking Lot to the popular visitor spots in the city. On one such evening, after having a ride on this Trolley, I took lots of pictures in the city - for the Laguna Beach Banner Contest. The best I liked was the Red Trolley picture and decided to use it as a reference. The actual size of the banner is 4 x 16 feet (vertical) and it attached to the lamp posts during summer months. If you walk along the main roads, you will be able to see banners, each with a unique design.It is quite a visual treat! So this is my second year entering my design in the contest, lets see how I do this year. For the contest, I need to provide my design on 4 x 16 inches scale, here it is:
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The Red Trolley - 4 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Friday, March 7, 2014

Plaza Fountain

Few weeks ago, I went to Chapman University in Orange CA and passed through the downtown in Orange. It had been long time since I had been to this place for plein air painting (painting outdoors on location) - about 4 years... I was quite a beginner, but it was fun to stand out there in front of the fountain and paint. This time though, I took my camera along and clicked a lot of pictures around the fountain since I wanted to paint it again. After browsing through many pictures I chose one that I liked best and painted in studio. Here is the result and I am very happy how it turned out.
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Plaza Fountain - 12 x 16 inches, Oil on canvas panel

Monday, February 17, 2014

Rainy Dark Night on El Toro Rd

I had in mind for a long time to do a night scene and that too when it is raining. Last time when I had the urge to click a picture of such a scene,  about an year ago, I did not have my camera on hand. About couple weeks ago, as I was returning back from the First Thursday Art walk from Laguna Beach, I got a perfect opportunity to click pictures. It was dark and rainy, but I was driving. I pulled out my camera from my purse, and clicked many many pictures while driving. After coming back home, I uploaded all pictures on my laptop and sorted through until I found the best picture I wanted to paint. Here is the result:
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Rainy Dark Night on El Toro Rd - 11 x 14 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel
This picture is clicked as I was slowing down at the signal at the intersection of El Toro Road and Rockfield.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Looking back - 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge Jan 2014

Looking back at the month of Jan - first can't believe that the month is over!! I started the year very excited about doing this challenge a second time. The last I did was in September and had really finished 30 paintings. This is what I expected from myself this time too. But guess what... turned out that I had not anticipated that this month will be so busy. Sometimes feel like saying "the damn life came in the way". But on the other hand, I learnt that there are other things that can take priority and had to let go of the painting for that day. Also learnt that I had to catch up with some good sleep to get some fresh painting ideas and to be able to enjoy my painting process. I could not finish 30 paintings, but I still accomplished 17 paintings which I consider still a SUCCESS!! All of them are oil paintings except 2 are watercolor florals. My aim in doing this challenge was to paint something new that I have not done before - different subjects like the pomogranate and pear that I had not painted before; different materials - like cloth, glass, ceramic, silver, gold (couldn't get to few others that I had thought). To think about it... it was very interesting to start off with a blank canvas and come up with a finished painting. Here is a collage of all 17 paintings I finished this month.
The best I liked are pomogranate, onions, carrots, peppermint candy, the watercolor floral (floribunda), and the grand finale - Peanut M & Ms.
Which ones did you like the best?

All in all I had a WONDERFUL experience - will repeat the challenge once again..
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 days Jan 2014 - M & M Peanuts

Today is the final day of this 30 painting in 30 days challenge. I am calling this last painting as my day 30 although I finished it over a period of 4 days - little by little as time permitted. I am so glad that today is the last day and tomorrow I get to showcase all the paintings done in this month! Now I will be starting some bigger paintings and although I will be painting everyday, I will not be able to complete each one in week or 10 days! I will try to post the stages for the next ones so that I can review my own progress later on...
HURRAY!! here is the last one -
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M & M Peanuts, 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Canvas, using palette knife
 As I was painting the M & M peanuts, I remembered the exercise I had done couple months ago in my basic shapes sketching class. This was an exercise in rendering spherical objects that appear as 3 Dimensional. There are 5 elements that make a sphere look as 3D - Core Shadow, Cast Shadow, Midtone, Reflected light and Highlight. Take a look in in the picture below to see them labeled - you will have to click on image to view larger. You an take a look at any object sphere or not, under light, and observe these 5 elements. When you color or sketch with this observation in mind, you will be able to get excellent results in your paintings.
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M & M Peanuts, detail - click on image to view the writing...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Day 25 - 30 Paintings in 30 days Jan 2014 - Peppermint Candy for You

The other day I went with my daughter to an Alterations shop to get one of her dress altered. The lady there had bunch of these peppermint candies nicely kept in an attractive container. I had seen few paintings of candies in the 30 in 30 challenge, and I found a different subject to paint! The candy itself would not be a different surface for me, but the interesting part would be to paint the "wrapped" candy. Hope I am able to capture the effects of wrapper... What do you think?
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Peppermint Candy for You - 4 x 8 inches, Oil on Canvas

Day 24 - 30 Paintings in 30 days Jan 2014 - My Favorite Scarf

Here's an experiment in painting fabric - it is my scarf and it reflects double colors - purple and green under light. I hung it over a cardboard box and got quite interesting folds. Hope you like it!
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My Favorite Scarf - 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Canvas

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