Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Middle McCloud Falls - Oil Painting

Every now & then, I like to pick challenging subjects to paint and I would consider this as one of them. During my travel to Northern California, I took numerous pics of waterfalls out there. This is a painting of Middle Mccloud falls based on my photograph. This huge falls project three layers of cascade, part of it is always hidden in the shadow. This is an intimidating waterfall to photograph let alone paint.

Done on a 20 X 24 canvas with water soluble oil mostly impasto style using knife & some brush.

After 12 hours in to this, I am happy with the progress so far. I would like to call it done, but like many other artists I also suffer from the tendency to over work on my paintings. I am letting it sit on the easel and staring at it whenever I pass by to catch something that I don't like. Well, can't stare at it too long as I am hoping to enter this for a juried show soon. Hope you like what you see..

Sunday, September 18, 2011

FAA 4th Annual Plein Air Paint out 2011

I had so much fun painting at Lake Elizabeth, Fremont during this event. My painting "Reflections of Lake Elizabeth" won second place in the competition. It was such an honor to paint, display and win amidst the other talented artists. And I am thankful for the same.

Here is a close up of the painting.Done on a 11 X 14 Canvas panel with Water Soluble Oil in about 90 mins..

Monday, September 12, 2011

Santa Cruz Natual Bridges - Oil Painting

I started this painting as a demo in the gallery/store that I am showing in Petaluma and just managed to finish it over the weekend.

Another one of my favorite photographic location in Santa Cruz, CA is the Natural Bridges State park. This painting is based on my photo from that location. Two of the three natural bridges responsible for the parks name have collapsed. The only bridge left forms a natural arch near the shore. The arch is a nice backdrop for a tranquil beach scene. And as you might have noticed from the blog, I love painting beach scenes. The wetsand and the waves always lure me in.

Done on a 16 X 20 Canvas with water soluble oil. The arch and waves are done with knife and the rest with the brush.

Details on the arch & the waves..

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rocks of Pacific Grove - Oil Painting

Situated on the famous 17 mile drive, Pacific Grove is an artist haven. I have always been fascinated by Pacific Grove's rocks and the small coves with little sandy beaches that are sheltered between those protruding rocks.I have done some serious photography here and took numerous refernces shots of rocks to paint later.

Here are two of the paintings based on my rock photography :-). I tried to keep the style loose and focus more on the values. Done on a 5 X 7 canvas panel with water soluble oil with a combination of brush & knife.

Here is how it looks framed..

Another Chocolate Cupcake painting

Cupcake is back on popular demand... Another small 4 X 5 cupcake painting that I did for portfolio sample for a gallery. Similar to my previous cupcakes on a 4X5 canvas, impasto style with acrylic paint.

Here is the painting with it's own easel