Monday, January 4, 2016

MOVING to new Web space

Attention! My blog has moved to a new web space starting January 2016. For my latest paintings and art happenings head on over to -

Needed to make this transition... All old blog posts have also been moved to the new blog!
Thanks for following me on this blog and looking forward for you to follow me on my new web space as well !!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Stuffed Animal in Sun

As plein air (i.e painting outdoors from direct observation) practice, I placed a big stuffed toy animal on a chair in our backyard. Positioned it to get some interesting light on it and originally had placed a trash can on the side instead of the bush. After about 3 hours the painting was not complete but light and shadows had changed drastically, so I had to stop. In my studio finished the stuffed animal, but the trash can was looking rather odd. So instead I converted it into a bush with pink flowers following the same light and shadow pattern as it was on the trash can. Looks good to me now!!
How do you like it?
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Stuffed Animal in Sun - 8x10 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel
Code# PK_15_050
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Glowing Hibiscus

Painting in watercolors is my childhood passion and I love painting flowers. This painting is inspired by the great American Painter - Georgia O'Keeffe.

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else."
Georgia O'Keeffe
American Painter
Glowing Hibiscus, 7x5 inches, Watercolor on Arches Paper
Code# PK_15_049
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

FitBodyBootcamp Custom Painting

This year I have been taking up very different projects and this will be the last one for this year, I think! Before I started off this project, I met with the client who wanted to commission a painting. I talked about their vision for the painting and where it will be used. What all elements the painting should consist of, logo, color considerations etc etc. I made detailed notes and came up with a checklist of requirements that I used during my painting.
So the image of this painting is going to be used on promotional materials - postcard, notecard and such.
After completion, this is the feedback I got:
"Thank you for the beautiful artwork. I am so happy with the result. It is exactly what I was envisioning. ...."
I feel really accomplished!!
Hurray!! for a successful painting!
FBBC Aerial View - 14x18 inches, Acrylic on Canvas Panel

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Diwali to Everyone!!

Happy Diwali!! This is a different painting experiment!! Finished this couple months back. Posting it now, since the Diwali-e-magazine with this painting as front cover is published. The theme given to me was Diwali - Saat Samudra Paar (meaning Diwali Overseas). It got me to thinking how do we really celebrate Diwali here? The celebrations in India are really a lot festive. Here, kids don't have holiday for this festival so celebration cannot be the same as in India. However, I do make few traditional sweets/snacks, decorate with lamps/candles and put on traditional clothes. With the few fire crackers that I save from July 4th weekend, we have "mini" fun in our backyard. Call our parents on facetime to greet them and show what we are doing for Diwali. With these thoughts in mind, I created the painting. My very first attempt to get published in a Magazine!!

Click Here to enjoy reading the e-Magazine!
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Diwali_2015 - 11x14 inches, Acrylic on Canvas Panel

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Morning Glory

I came back from walking our dog in the morning, opened our backyard door to get in. Right behind the door in a dark corner, I saw this flower shining bright - back lit by fresh morning sun. I couldn't resist taking a picture! I tried some different ways to get texture in the background, wasn't quite happy. However a good learning experience!
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Morning Glory, 5 x 7 inches, Watercolor on Arches Paper
Code# PK_15_046
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Coconut Halves

Here is the demo painting I completed on the day of Ganapati Festival in LA. It took me 2 hours to paint this, while I was painting there were people watching as they were passing by, few stopped to talk. But there was a very curious little girl who stopped with her Dad and brother and watched for sometime. Eventually she asked me questions and it was fun chatting with them during the demo.
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Coconut Halves - 8 x 10 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel
Code# PK_15_045
Available - click here

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