The First Rains

It’s the monsoon! The life is back in the world after a scorching summer. The sky is overwhelmed by dark monsoon clouds. The Earth eagerly awaits the life force about to descend from the sky.

And then it begins. The life giving rains first splashes mildly on earth with a reassuring cool. Then it torrents unrelentingly on the thirsty earth. The mood of the world lifts up. Your mood lifts up. You get out, away from the maddening rush of the city. Out in the countryside. The rain pours down incessantly. You throw away your umbrella and drowse yourself in the sensation of the first rain.

The sensation you experience every year, but feels new every year.

Painted in oils on canvas 15″ X 20″

 

Moonlit Cabin

A serene river lit by the moon playing pick-a-boo with the sporadic clouds, a warm and fuzzy cabin surrounded by rich greens. Getting nostalgic with old friends by the warm fire. Is this what heaven looks like? For me, definitely yes!

Painted in oils on canvas.

Romantic Beach

Sandy serene beach explodes into a range of warm colors when Sun makes her journey towards the horizon during dusk. It’s a perfect romantic opportunity for this couple to melt into each other.

Painted in oils on canvas (24″ x 36″).

Reflections

Reflections in the Lake is another piece painted wet-on-wet in oils on canvas. Can you feel the calmness of reflections?

Reflections

Reflections is a piece inspired by the likes of oil painting masters like Bill Richards and Bob Ross. It’s a humble attempt to capture the beauty of mountain reflections in the calm lake.

Oil on canvas – 18″ X 30″

Autumn Path in the Woods

Autumn has always fascinated me due to its rich blues skies, crisp clear air and of course the riot of colors the flora indulges into. So painting a peaceful path through the autumn trees was an absolute delight. Here’s a speed painting of an Autumn Path, done in oils on canvas, 20″ x 30″.

Autumn Path in the Woods

Oils Studies

Recently I came across 2 very good books on oil painting, which proved to be quite inspiring. Most importantly, they made me stop and look back at my techniques and work for some quantity.

The first book was The Oil Paint Color Wheel Book by John Barber and the other was Expressive Oil Painting – an Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes by George Allen Durkee.

Following are the two oil studies. Both are done on 7″ x 9.5″ handmade paper.

The first study of a lone tree is entirely done using a single color (Burnt Sienna) and a single hard brush. No black and white tones were used. The aim was to develop a texture using the hard brush and a well diluted single color.


This was an imaginary jungle landscape. The aim was to experiment with various hues of green.


Garden of Eden – color

Completed one more oil painting. This one took more than 50 hours. It came out very satisfying. Loved the look of this. The sketch in the previous  post (Garden of Eden) acted as a preliminary sketch for this painting.

The painting is done in oil on canvas (18″ x 30″).

I have kept a cool color scheme in this picture (except a dash of red for the male protagonist’s cape).

The following pictures show some detailing of the same

Steps on the bridge in garden

 

Luminous flowers
Luminous tree branches
The Lovers

I deliberately kept the details to a minimum.