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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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)
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.
Art has given wings to my imagination and opened up the windows of limitless possibilities! Without art and creative outlet, I had never known the beauty and intrigue a simple piece of nature can hold. I feel very fortunate to have a life surrounded by the natural beauty and a gift to be able to express it into my way of interpretation.
Color Study for the Upcoming Series - Portraits of National Parks
As I move along my new series here is the tentative plan. I would choose some of the national parks and a few other landscapes that I admire. There is no particular order but some of the shortlisted landscapes will include:
Glacier National Park is a 1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area in Montana's Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It's crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Other activities include backpacking, cycling and camping. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears. (Source: Wikipedia)
Its amazing beauty, colorfulness, and grace is impossible to miss among the landscape of national parks. I used a limited palette of colors as the vibrant natural contrasts capture the eye and bring a sense of calm.
The Summer has an elixiric effect on the creatives. Bleaching sun, longer days, and overload of inspiration - makes a perfect recipe to get outdoors and paint. This summer is especially generous and I could devote myself to some of the most beautiful national parks.
Growing up in the mountainous region, I have special bond and affinity for the beauty of grandeur and enormity that mountains offer us.
"Bighorn Mountains" - Portrait of National Park #1
12 x 16 unframed
This is a landscape of Bighorn Mountain range in northern Wyoming and
southern Montana, forming a northwest-trending
spur from the Rocky Mountains extending approximately 200 miles
northward on the Great Plains.
Conveniently located halfway between Mt.
Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, the Bighorns are a great
vacation destination in themselves. No region in Wyoming is provided
with a more diverse landscape - from lush grasslands to alpine meadows,
from crystal-clear lakes to glacially-carved valleys, from rolling hills
to sheer mountain walls.
Lush brushstrokes of cad yellow, cerulean blue and a mix of violets
Purple, pinks, and sienna in different proportions
Crimson, Rose accented on sienna and lemon yellow
I took artistic liberty to paint the scene with the colors that I saw, not the ones that were there. Painting nature made the heart sing, go wild, and be one with the nature.