Sunday, March 1, 2015

NEWS + FREE ART STUFF !! March 1st WINNER

Drum roll please!!! ....
March 1st has arrived and time to announce the WINNER!! and the free gift!

I will do the next draw on MAY 1st!! There will be a different gift, sign up on the link HERE.

The WINNER is... ****** Sheela Ernale ****** and the gift is:
My desk calendar featured here:

PreranaKulkarniArt - 2015 Desk Calendar, Premium Glossy Cardstock, 12 Original Oil paintings Reproduced on each page, While supplies Last!!
Desk Calendar 2015
AND
Set of 10 Notecards featured here:
PreranaKulkarniArt - Set of 10 Fine Art Note Cards, Reproduced from my Watercolor Paintings
Set of 10 Notecards - has 5 designs, click on link above to see the designs!


Holy Jim Waterfall

Last year in summer, we went for Hiking to Holy Jim Trail about 4 -5 miles from our home. It was a medium hike and not very steep actually. It felt like a long way at first, but after reaching the waterfalls, it was nice and cool and felt very rewarding! Took lots of pictures there and I loved this one. The painting is from one of the pictures cropped to show only the waterfall and close up view. I wanted to bring out the rugged rocks and the trickling waterfalls all over, the algae around it! All together formed interesting shapes and colors!
I would again go hiking there for sure!
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Holy Jim Waterfall - 12 x 16 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Red Rock Canyon Shades

In December we went for hiking to Whiting Ranch, very close to our home. There are quite a few trails in there for mountain biking as well as walking. We followed the Red Rock Canyon Trail, it took probably 2 hours or so, but at the end of the trail, there was this gorgeous view and specially at sunset, the rocks were glowing! What a reward after hiking so much!! I took pictures and painted this from a picture I took up there.
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Red Rock Canyon Shades - 14 x 18 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel - picture in a warm lighted area
The painting looks different depending on light. The above one in clicked with warm light on. Posting another below with just normal daylight:
Red Rock Canyon Shades - 14 x 18 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel - picture in normal daylight

Monday, February 16, 2015

Spring Tulips

I bought a new Soltek Easel and had to try it in my backyard first. It was valentines day, I bought tulips and put it in vase and placed it outdoors on a table. It was awesome experience to paint outdoors, I love the light for painting!! And BTW this painting will be taught in my One Day Workshop coming up on 28th Feb!!
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Spring Tulips - 12 x 16 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel

Asparagus - SOLD

This is my very first piece with Watercolor and Ink. I painted it on request of my friend and collector of my paintings. She had a similar piece with Celery and wanted a companion piece with Agparagus. So I made an attempt, and it turned out fabulous, this was immediately liked by my friend too and she bought it!!
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Asparagus - 8.5 x 3 inches, Watercolor and Ink on Arches paper
SOLD

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Setup and Work in Progress pics for 30 in 30 challenge

This time around for 30 in 30 challenge, I did the painting the night before for the following day. It gave me a feeling that I am ahead of the game and I posted the painting on my blog around midnight! I had planned for the set up early enough in December and that way my stage was ready for the performance by fruits and vegetables. The set up was rather crude, but worked really well. I took a cardboard box and cut out couple of circles for the light to show. See it below, the cutout for light is on left side top. There was another cut out on right side that I used to secure the inside fabric. See how I have arranged the background fabric. Sometimes I used different colored fabrics, in that case I simply placed the second colored fabric at the bottom surface and then placed my subject on top.
This is the simplest setup anyone can do at home. For the light, I used the clamp light from Home Depot, that way if I needed the light from front, then I clipped it onto my easel (which was in front). In all of my paintings except a couple, I used the light source on the top left as shown in above picture. So I got a lot of practice of painting backlit objects. Next time around though, I am going to construct my stage using the pipes from home depot, which will be sturdy.
However, you might think looking at the setup - this is not exciting at all!! How the heck this could have turned into a beautiful painting and how any artist can get inspired by such a thing..!!!??? Let me reveal the secret....
See first 2 pictures below: Shadowbox Setup (more zoomed in than the earlier one) and Setup Closeup (further zoomed into looking just at the fruits). Another thing I must add here - this is cell phone picture - so not great quality, but its handy to get the idea. Believe me - the fruits and vegetables look gorgeous with reflections of fabric on it and the shadow of fruits reflecting the orange color in this case. So once I focus my attention to the layout of fruit and veges, I sketched it on 6 x 6 canvas board. The Stage 1 as I am showing in collage are the first color notes - where I note the light and dark colors - irrespective of the actual color of the object. My next layer is Stage 2, where I painted actual color of the objects - orange for the objects here and blue-green for the background ...etc. Stage 2 is really the most important stage in the painting, this determines if a painting is going to be successful or not. Further Stage 3 is developing more color variations lighter / darker etc within the area painted in Stage 2. Stage 4 is the final painting with highlights - lightest light and darkest area etc.. At this point, the objects have come alive on the canvas and it is the most fulfilling aspect of painting for me.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 31 - 30 in 30 Challenge Jan 2015 - Looking back at 30 days

As I look back at this snapshot of 30 paintings, I extend many thanks to the Artist Leslie Saeta who hosted this challenge. There were 1483 artists around the world who participated in this challenge, which is really impressive!! Also really feel blessed and thankful for the support and appreciation I received from home, friends and family which helped me focus on this creation. Feeling really encouraged! This is the third time I participated in this challenge and I will do it again!! Love Love Love it!!
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