Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Time to celebrate - Happy Holidays - SOLD

Wish you all Happy Holidays!!
The photo reference for this painting is from my friend's garden. Although I don't like red wine I liked the setting in her garden and with this glass of wine - the color is heavenly! This is the first time I have tried painting glass objects. I am happy and feel accomplished to get this done.

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11x14 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel


Saturday, November 6, 2010

I am a little Teapot...

This teapot reminds me of the nursery rhyme my daughter used to sing...
I am a little teapot. Short and stout.
Here is my handle. Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.
Just tip me over and pour it out....

Fun times !!
I love the shape of the teapot, it is really unique. Besides..., this painting fits perfectly in the fall color scheme.
I got this picture from Wetcanvas forum, one of the October events.

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11x14 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pigeon Friends resting on a cool spot...

This picture of pigeon friends is from Wetcanvas forum, its my first attempt to try out picture from this forum. I liked these pigeons because it reminds me of home in New Delhi. There is a room with a window Air Conditioning (AC) box. The AC box is outside of the window.... I am in deep sleep in the early morning hours. Suddenly loud noise...TAK..TAK..TAK..TAK...THUD...TAK..TAK...THUD...then... guturrr... goon... guturrr... goon...(sound continues for a little while)... My heart pounds initially with this loud noise. But now I am wide awake and realize that its the Pigeon friends doing their morning conference. They have landed outside on our AC box. The TAK..TAK sound was their wings flapping as they land on the AC box. Then guturrr... goon... guturrr... goon... is when they start talking to each other :)  This used to be my morning wake up routine for long time and that time these pigeons were so irritating. But now it as been many years since and I really enjoyed these two pigeon friends resting on a cool spot.    
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11x14 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel

Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Painting Lessons - August 13 to 23, 2010

This summer vacation I had decided to take painting lessons in India. I had already decided the teacher ahead of time - Mr R. D. Dixit. But the real excitement started only after I reached Pune and met him the first time. There was very little time on hand - just 10 days! and the agenda was Landscape, Still Lfe and Portrait. We decided to start with landscape.
My teacher got me a book of landscape paintings by a German Artist to learn the techniques. The first landscape painting was about 70% demo by my teacher and the rest was done by me following the instructions.
The second Landscape was done as my homework and completly done by me (except the few final highlights advised by my teacher). Due to time constraints I we could not follow the same model i.e one painting as demo and the second as homework.
The third painting was chosen as still life (the one with sunflowers). It was done together - teacher demo, instruction and homework :)
The fourth one, a portrait of a tribal woman is double the size of rest of the paintings. The sketching was my homework - learnt a lot! Painting the picture was again teacher demo, instruction and homework. Most of the face was demo-ed and the rest completed by me. Final pass and touches were back seat instructions from the teacher.
The fifth one I chose as a face, since I wanted to learn it. Could not complete it but it was a result of the last days session. After which I had to travel back!
Following was the outcome of the 10 day session - I throughly enjoyed and learnt a lot. Now the challenge is to keep practicing and improve to keep up to the level I reached.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

California Poppies - SOLD

California Poppies can be seen all around in my area starting from February through September. These poppies are from my friend's garden which is in full bloom !
Enjoy :)

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11x14 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel

SOLD - a commissioned painting for wedding

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Dancing Peacock - NFS

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend with this Dancing Peacock !
It is painted on 8 x 10 inches canvas panel. As I started painting, it felt more challenging. I am happy that its done, so that I can start the next one.

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Not for sale

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Church n Fall Colors - SOLD

It might seem really odd that in the middle of summer I came up with this fall color landscape, hmmm....  I had started this one during the first painting workshop I had attended couple of years ago. Since then it was lying around unfinished. Yes! finally... I am very happy that I got done with this :)
This landscape reminds me of my time living in Minden, Germany. It was a very similar setting. In the fall season, I went for long walks with my host family (the Klaus Kettig & family) in this wilderness. Enjoying nature, collecting nuts and listening to German conversations. Good Times!

Church n Fall Colors - 16 x 20 inches on Gallery Wrapped Canvas


Friday, May 28, 2010

The Fiery little Tulip - NFS

One of my friends from Amsterdam had posted pictures of tulip fields on Facebook. This little Fiery Tulip caught my attention and it inspired me to use my oil paints. See how this flower is glowing from within !!

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Here’s more about one of my favorite flowers – the tulip, from Wikepedia:

The tulip originated as a Persian wildflower in the 1500s. They were extensively cultivated at that time. Since then, the tulip has become a symbol for many different things. Each different color tulip can have a different meaning.

The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love.

Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty. The yellow tulip is a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful eyes.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Peacock Feather - NFS

I am facinated by the beauty of Peacock feathers. This is just how I saw the feather using the oil pastel colors !
This is available as Notecard or Greeting Card on the link:

Not for sale

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wild Rose of the Canadian Rockies - NFS

Friends, I have not been on top of this blog for a while, got busy in packing / unpacking and moving to a new home! So belated ... Happy New Year!
As I was searching for a subject to paint, I found a book I had purchased during our vacation in Canadian Rockies. Browsing through the pages brought me back the memories of nature hikes, that pure water in the lakes, glaciers, those majestic mountain goats etc. During the hikes, this wild rose was seen very commonly all over the place. I liked this pink rose, but there were white and light pink wild roses too. Also I noticed, all these wild roses, be it any color, had exactly 5 petals ! They don't grow very tall, at the max they come upto our knee. Looking at them while walking feels like they have their arms wide open, as if welcoming you to enjoy the nature in its purest form.
Hope you enjoy this proudy standing wild rose !

Not for sale

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