Friday, February 26, 2016

February 26 - Second Anniversay

I would like to take this day to thank everyone who has helped, encouraged, and inspired me towards my decision to go ahead and do what the heart desires!

Thank you family, for the awesome cake. It *was* delicious!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Looks like the Spring is here. The temperatures are high, the sky is blue, and the grass is all green!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Being Yourself" : Call for Models

                                                     Reference Photo               Painted Portrait

Who can be a model

For this project you are all invited to participate as a model.
Anyone older than 14 can take part. 
It is not a life painting. The portraits will be painted using reference photos.

Reference Photos

You may supply your own photos or I can take your photos.

The photoshoot would be 20 to 40 minutes long, followed by a get-to-know session. It would include a small introduction and discussion about details of the process. We will discuss your likes, dislikes, favorite color, and stuff like that. A mini interview, if you like.
Based on this session, I will paint your portrait.

This project will begin in Summer and end in Fall. For specific dates,  I will hand out more information and other details as a followup and would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Project Info:

This series Being Yourself  will be created for an exhibition.

It will be a collection of portrait paintings created around a theme - Being Yourself.
What does it mean to you. Do you like being yourself or given an option, would you change something in you? Are you happy with your choices in life?
In essence, what makes you - you.

The portraits will be painted from photographs selected from the ones that I would take. Model can bring  the pictures of their liking. If you are not available for the picture shoots but would like to participate, we can set up a phone call where we can discuss how you may have your own pictures taken and sent over for the painted portraits.

During photoshoot, I will try to capture the personality as a whole. Likes, dislikes, favorite color, special interests, hobbies, and any other information that you'd like to share. If we have already met, the photoshoot time would be really short.

I am planning to paint over 20 portraits but only 12 will make the final cut for the exhibition.

The painted portraits will be used for the purpose of art enrichment such as exhibition and will be available for sale after that.


Any prints of the portraits will be made available to the model free of cost.
The model can buy their original portrait after it's been exhibited.
It is a volunteering  opportunity for the art project.

For more information:

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Thanks for reading. I hope to hear from you soon!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Figurative Portrait of a Woman Playing Violin

I had recently posted about how light alone can be utilized to paint a believable skin color. Making use of the full-palette its possible to achieve depth and energy in a portrait. It results in a realistic likeness and imparts a contemporary casualness to the painting. Because of this busy feel, there is no real need for the well-defined background, as opposed to classic portraiture.

Here is one where the skin tones are closely monitored and have been well merged for a smooth life-like transitioning.

20 x 24 approx. (Framed)

The aesthetically pleasing pose of the sitter complements perfectly with the color play in the background. 

Here is something interesting. The bow (stick used to play the violin) brings the unnecessary attention to it, In fact, it visually slices the entire composition in two. To soften the experience, I painted the background in such a way that eye can travel from the the model to the background and back. By painting the foreground  in smooth abstract strokes, the center of attention is further reinforced.