Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Today

I had not been very regular with postings on this blog.

So, I post when I can what I can. Please feel free to visit my website. I try my best to keep it up to date.

Sharing a portrait, an old favorite - Martin Luther King Jr.

18 x 24 x .5 in


In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People's Campaign, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee; riots followed in many U.S. cities. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also rededicated for him. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.

About the Portrait

This portrait was displayed in multiple shows, including Colored.

Colored Display
King Library, San Jose State
Nov 2017
Portraits move me, inspire me, and make me feel thankful. I hope to make more and more and make contribution to others life through my skills and art.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Artwork for Week # 9: "Mushrooms", Small Oil Painting

6 x 6 x 1 in

Painting from life speeds up everything you know about artmaking - observation, color-mixing, and painting. 

A delightful little piece on stretched canvas with sides painted in black can hang with or without frame. Larger prints are available.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Artwork for Week # 8 - "Golden Celebration Roses", Small Oil Painting

Golden Celebration
6 x 6 x 1 in
Large, deeply cupped Golden Celebration variety of rose flowers are approximately 3" across. The color is quite unusually deep and rich golden-yellow and exceptionally fragrant. These magnificent flowers (petals 55-75) are held on a very good repeat blooming shrub of ideal rounded habit of growth.
The brush strokes are thick and loaded with vibrant oil paint. 

Artwork for Week # 7 - "Red Tomatoes", Small Oil Painting

Sweet Tomatoes
6 x 6 x 1 in

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Artwork for Week # 6 - "Sweet Nectarines", Small Oil Painting

6 x 6 x 1 in

Another rainy, grey week. Nectarines at hand. The choice was clear. 
I also noticed that the finished painting can be displayed from either side. :-)

Artwork for Week # 5 - "Fresh from Farmer's Market", Small Oil Painting

6 x 6 x 1 in

It was painted as part of the from life weekly series. I was hoping for the sunlight but the week was dedicated to the storm and it rained all days long.

So I decided to utilize the diffused light and painted strawberries without composing them in any particular order.

Artwork for Week # 4 - "Stronger Together II", Small Oil Painting

Stronger Together
11 x 7 approx

It was painted as part of the from life weekly series. I had this prop around my studio and it was very interesting how it responds to sublight.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Artwork for Week # 3 - "Stronger Together", Small Oil Painting

For this week, I painted tomatoes hand in hand! I was listening to NPR and was moved by the vigor in the atmosphere due to the marches of women across the nation.

 "Stronger Together"
8 x 8 in
 "Stronger Together" details
8 x 8 in

Friday, February 3, 2017

Artwork for Week #2 - "Rhymes with Orange", Small Oil Painting

It was a big orange picked from the backyard. I loved the green leave that came with it.

"Rhymes with Orange"
6 x 6

Painting from life can be very satisfying experience if you think about it. The race against changing light, prompt selection of colors and resulting sense of accomplishment is gratifying.

So, here is to the week #2. Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Artwork for Week #1 - Gala, Small Oil Painting

6" x 6" Approx.

The year 2017 has begun and so has the studio work. Let me publish my first post with the first oil painting of the year. I will keep track of the work by posting it here and at other photo-sharing streams.

The above painted apple was supposed to be my afternoon snack. But a beautiful fruit as this begged to be painted first! 

So, I arranged it on the table top and painted it using wet on wet from life. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Journey of Upcoming to Done!

Sharing the entire series of the Portraits of the National Parks. I started it earlier this year and glad to have it finished before the end of the year 2016!

Plan to visit my studio to view it or visit my website or my online gallery. I am excited to have this opportunity to visit many of the national parks this year and paint them.

Thank you for visiting and have a happy new year!

Portraits of National Parks - # 10 "Denali National Park"

Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness. Its centerpiece is 20,310-ft.-high Denali (aka Mount McKinley), North America’s tallest peak. With terrain of tundra, spruce forest and glaciers, the park is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. Popular activities in summer include biking, backpacking, hiking and mountaineering. (Source: Wiki)

The painting has been completed from this picture was taken.

I am glad to share that, with this tenth NP portrait, the series is now complete!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Portraits of National Parks - # 9 "Acadia Park, Me"

12 x 16
More details here: My site or Acadia

This painting is signature landscape artwork I like to create. Bleaching sunlight as my guiding tool for the relative positioning of the planes and the choice of colors that are often dramatized as seen, not as are. 


The defining brush strokes are bold, loaded with paints, and very pleasing to art connoisseurs.Plan to view the artwork in person. You are invited!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Portraits of National Parks - # 8 "Echo National Park, UT"

Echo Park is a remote river bottom, located in Dinosaur National Monument, surrounded by canyon walls on the Green River, close to the confluence with the Yampa River.





Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ever Changing Nature

Nature has its own mysterious ways to offer drama, amusement, and sense of immediacy for us to enjoy and interpret in our own words and capacity. Most times, a gorgeous view humbles and delights in the manner nothing else can - leaving me speechless in awe and wonder.

In moments like this, not knowing what better can I do, I try to put my ever-ready hd-camera to some use. In this post, I would like to share the recent captures the fleeting scenes of clouds floating in the vast spread of blue skies. Here are some humble attempts to catch those moments.

I took this picture from the middle of the street. I had to make an pico-second emergency stop to appreciate the Van Gogh painting created in the sky.

In the week of Halloween, setting sun put up an immense show to attract the attention from the human festivities.

 Sky as seen after a rainy day, as it started to clear off. limitless screens of clouds set a grand stage.

Mission San Jose skyscape

When the clouds settle in the rearview.

 A cloud parade

An early morning sky in this Fall

Summer Sky

Clouds rest on the cross-street, while a horse jumps at the top

Clouds on the loose

A down-quilt of clouds enveloping the sky

A heart on horizon

Are you a nature lover? Do you like to watch sky? It would be nice to see what you have to share.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Portraits of National Parks - # 7 "Joshua Tree National Park, CA"

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It’s characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley. (Source: Wikipedia)


About the Artwork

This painting is signature landscape artwork I create. I chose sunlight as my guiding tool for the relative positioning of the planes and the rocky background. The colors are often dramatized as seen, not as are with some minor omissions in the selected frame.

The defining brush strokes are bold, loaded with paints, and very pleasing to art connoisseurs. Not sure if you can tell that from the photo, but I invite you to take a closer look when you can!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Portraits of National Parks - # 6 Grand Canyon National Park, Wy

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to much of the Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Here is my humble attempt to paint something immensely grand.

This painting is impressionistic landscape artwork similar to other ones in the series. I choose orange yellow sunlight as my guiding tool for the relative positioning of the mountain planes and the shadowed areas caused by them. The colors are dramatized as seen, not as are.

This artwork and similar pieces are available in small, medium (up to 24″), and larger sizes.  The painting is unframed.

I am excited to share that it is also available in high quality canvas wrap with sides in black. For larger sizes’ prices and customized artwork, feel free to contact me at

The price range is based on the painted sq inch area. Being an independent artist, I am open for the reasonable offers. But if you like this one, I can assure you, you will love it manyfolds when you see it in person.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Portraits of National Parks - #5 Grand Teton National Park, Wy

Simple shapes and a perception of depth, these are the two key points I kept in mind while painting for this one. I laid out the basic drawing with the thinned paint in the hues of burnt sienna. Once satisfied with the layout, I painted the entire surface with only three values, both bookends and a middle tone. This helped me make the color decisions for the different areas and planes.

Rest is pretty much right here. Using thick layers of paint it was a delightful exercise to enjoy and recreate a nature-scape. Hope you'd enjoy it.

 Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park is in the state of Wyoming. It encompasses the Teton mountain range, the 4,000-meter Grand Teton peak, and the valley known as Jackson Hole.

It’s a popular destination in summer for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing, linked to nearby Yellowstone National Park by the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Portraits of National Parks - #4 Yosemite Falls, CA


Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall. Located in the Sierra Nevada of California, it is a major attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the water flow is at its peak.
Yosemite National Park is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California. The park, which is managed by the National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

"Yosemite Falls"

About 3.8 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity. (Wikipedia)




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Portraits of National Parks - #3 Big Sur, CA

Big Sur is not a national park. Not even a national monument, it's a stretch of land of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. I still included it in this series for its beauty and the emotional attachment that I feel towards this lovely seascape.

Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean, it’s traversed by narrow, 2-lane State Route 1, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping and beachcombing. 

I visited this area some 17 years ago, for the first time. I found the view very peaceful and inviting. It is now that I finally got a chance to paint what I saw then.


Here are the details of the oil painting. 

Blobs of fresh paint, delight to painter

Light against dark, perspective through colors

A view of the palette

The painting is sitting to dry. Once it does, I will varnish it and possibly, frame it. Its been added to my website and soon will be updated on my online gallery and storefront.

What is your favorite nature destination? I would love to hear about it.