Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Colors - SOLD

Fall colors have always fascinated me. Now equipped with new watercolor paints (Maimeriblu professional watercolors), new watercolor brushes, an awesome new palette and masking fluid, I had the urge to try out couple different techniques. The techniques used in this are - masking and spreading salt. Below is the result:
Fall Colors - 9 x 12 inches, Watercolor on Archies paper
Masking: the very bright areas in the painting were covered with masking fluid. At the very end, the masking was removed. On few areas I left the white of the paper as it is and that is the brightest in the painting. I did cover few areas with very watery paint so it doesn't appear as bright.
Salt: I used the simple cooking salt in few areas to create a texture. Different salts create fine or coarse texture and it also depends how wet the paper is when salt is sprinkled. In this case I got a fine texture. Next time I will try a different salt.
I had so much fun and reminded me of the silk painting techniques which are quite similar to watercolor painting techniques. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Blue Wild Flower - SOLD

Today I was back in the mood of doing small painting and adding to my itty bitty collection. I checked before I started painting and did not have a blue flower. So here it is:
Blue Wild Flower - 3 x 3 inches, Oil on Canvas
It is painted on wrapped canvas and does not need framing. It can be kept on a small easel or even used as Christmas ornament.
Below are others in this series:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hibiscus - SunNShade

A flower from my backyard - Hibiscus in Sun and Shade.
I have 2 different colors of Hibiscus plants, this one is red and second one is Orange. Next time I paint Hibiscus flower, I will try the other one!
Hibiscus - SunNShade - 9 x 12 inches, Watercolor on Arches Paper

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Autumn Story

Once upon a time lived a wonderful couple - Pumpkin Prince and Pumpkin Princess of the Land of Pumpkins. They were very kind to the pumpkin people in their Land. They took great care of their Land of Pumpkins. It was a lot of responsibility and they handled it very well. As fancy as it sounded to be called Prince and Princess, among all their royal  chores.., it got a bit challenging for them. So they decided to go on a date to rejuvenate themselves. The Pumpkin Prince loved reading books and the Princess loved to listen. What could be a better place than a perfect garden on the outskirts of their Pumpkin land!? They found this perfect spot in the garden to happily spend time together, doing their favorite thing.

I modified this painting, the background greens to give it more depth, do you like this one better?
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The original one is below if anyone would like to see the difference:
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Autumn Story - 11 x 14 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel
Does anyone want to continue the story to the end? Please do write in your comments..

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lighthouse at Sunset

I started this painting on DAY 30th of last month's challenge and finished it now. It is the last picture on my collage. This is bigger in size than all the other paintings I did in one day.
The painting was done with Winsor and Newton Water mixable Oils and a very basic palette i.e Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Pthalo Green, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ocre and Titanium White.
Also there is a strong glare on left side water, I will post a better picture after I click more.
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Lighthouse at Sunset - 12 x 16 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 in 30 Challenge Celebration Collage

This is a celebration of my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. It was my first time doing such a challenge and YES!! I made it !! Thanks to Leslie Saeta for hosting this challenge, there were about 400 artists participating in this challenge worldwide! I made few good friends who were participating in this and was inspired by the group spirit. Many thanks to all of YOU who were following my paintings either on Facebook or via this blog or direct emails. As a celebration I have put together a collage of all paintings done during this challenge.
It has been a rewarding experience and I look forward to joining the challenge in January once again. In the mean time, I will still be creating paintings - a little bigger size, since there will not be a pressure to finish it in one day.
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