Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
This is an old painting of mine ,the much focused area for this painting was the rippling stream ,rocks through which the stream slips through and the foreground bushes and trees.
When i look at this painting my mind floats over the mesmerizing streams and foothills my eyes has browsed through ,,Thank God for all the happy moment.......:)
Monday, September 13, 2010
blog u soon meanwhile have fun painting
Sunday, April 25, 2010
and to chandu to send me the pictures.
I really wish i was there .....
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This is another painting that again focuses water and shadows of the birds...and so on
hope u enjoyed this post
Monday, March 1, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I am a person who can sit down for a day and watch the rain splashing down through the leaves and grass......As a child ..........visiting my grandma's place in kochi which in my opinion , is one of the most beautiful places on earth, was a relish to my eyes and mind.The beaches , the back waters ,rivers and lakes,the coconut trees they all have great impact on me,Now I live in US where I got to experience majestic snow clad mountains,valley of evergreens, ferns and aspens ,serene landscapes, fresh spring blossoms,vallies of stunning tulips and daffodills ,freezing blue winter , scenic fall foliage,pleasent country side and so on, and has inspired the potential in me
The above painting was a result of the love for nature ,I had conceived this idea in my mind long back,a small stream slipping through the rocks on a green grassy mountain slope with some evergreen trees around but had no idea how to bring it on a canvas ,it was then I saw the program " Joy of Painting "by Bob Ross on a PBS channel for the first time,I cannot explain by words the joy i experienced on that day,the way he magically transforms a plain white canvas to a beautiful landscape(heres a video link for one of his programs) http://www.livevideo.com/video/4C93D056D1444AC38E32BBCE41A5B406/bob-ross-winter-splendor.aspxFrom then on till now i try not to miss even one episode,as the tittle suggest its really a joy of painting. so I learned the techniques of painting waterfall ,reflection leaves and so on thats how I could put togather this "pleasent waterfall"
hope u enjoyed this post please dont forget to leave ur comments
Friday, February 12, 2010
2.stones or crystals- rhine stones (adhesive backed)available pretty much everywhere, michaels,walmart online.........in different sizes shapes and colors.
3.Arabic gum-Michaels in the art section
4.crafters glue-michaels or from any where you like
5.Gold foil-Michaels .. its better to feel the texture before buying it there are different varieties of foil .It should not be too thin(it crumbles in your hand on touching) or too thick( wont get the impression from the embossed area.)I just used imitation gold foil ,I wanted to try my hands on it first ,once
I am confident i thought of investing in original 22 ct gold foils.
6. fine markers and paints
This is the style of painting in which u can project all your decorative skills ,crisp and neat edges make it look elegant ,crystals beads and gold foil add richness to them
finally we completed our paintings and both of us were happy with our results.Though we chose the same subject both of our paintings looked very much different from each other
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
In this post i just thought of sharing some small info about acrylics
I started with oils and wanted to try my hands in acrylics , after trying it I was'nt sure to continue since I was not happy with the results, .On getting a deeper knowledge about acrylics ,I was able to work effectively .
Acrylic is a versatile fast drying medium that can be used direct from the tube like oils or thinned with water to be used like watercolor.
Acrylic paints dry fast so squeeze only a little paint out of the tube
Use a spray bottle to spray a mist of water over the paint to keep it moist.
If you wish to blend colors while painting with acrylics ,we need to work faster ,since it dries faster, if you are painting on a paper dampening the paper would help slow the drying process.
As said earlier when used thick or with very little water or medium like oils its an opaque medium and when thinned with water and used like watercolor its a transparent medim.
hope this post was of some help
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
1.Before applying masking fluid the paper must be totally dry
2. dip the brush in liquid soap then wipe off excess soap
3.dip the brush in masking fluid and apply it to the paper in the area where white needs to be preserved
4.work for a short time and wash the brush ,to prevent the masking fluid from hardening on it
5.proceed with the painting,it is okay to paint over the mask
6.Masking fluid can be removed when the paper is completely dry
7. to remove....., just rub with fingers they just peel off
hope this post was useful
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This is an acrylic painting .,that reminds me of the wonderful time when we(group of 3)would have painting party when I said party I meant, we used to meet exclusively to paint one subject ,It was so much fun .This painting helped me sharpen my skills in landscapes ,apart from that the other reason that made me happy about this artwork was when my daughter's piano teacher who is from Latvia and who had not visited her country for years ..........felt really nostalgic on looking at these aspen trees .so this turned out to be a christmas gift for her..this painting is always close to my heart
The intersting thing about this oil painting is that ..,I tried wet -on-wet painting technique for the first time and the advantage was that i did not have to wait longer to get the layers dried I completed this painting in an hour
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This is my very first oil painting....when it came to choose a subject my very first choice was SNOW
It has always never failed to impress me ...the light blue... purplish ....pink ....shadow of the snow ..drives me crazy
I realised how shadows can transform a painting
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
we could explore the first few stages in this post
PAINTING SET UP
This stage is applicable to any medium , ...the point is what ever we work on...... we need a proper work space with sufficient lighting ...preferably natural lighting and access to all the resource we need .By this i did not mean a hi-tech studio with hi-tech lighting etc etc,to begin with a table and a chair in a corner of your room(preferably near window )will be more than enough
a.First pick our subject
b.Jot down ideas in the form of value sketch
c.Explore subjects in terms of dark and light tones
d.value sketch is a rough pencil sketch of what we plan to paint
This is a light pencil outline of a subject to be portrayed on the water colour paper
We do not use white paint in transparent watercolour ,any white in a painting is the white of the paper,we must decide on the white areas of painting even before we start painting so we can leave that area blank.
The other method of preserving white is by masking the area where it needs to be white
for this we can use either
I thought of giving details on this in my next post
hope this post was informative
I am pretty much a beginner ,when it comes to watercolour,I feel its a very unforgiving medium ..this medium calls for really careful planning ...............,despite all these challenge I am fascinated by this transparent medium after reading the books of Susan Bourdet , Bart Rulon and various other watercolour artists
Their paintings have tricked me to think that its a photograph ....Iam not kidding or exaggerating its true .
Friday, January 22, 2010
This is one of my favourites ,my very second oil painting on canvas size 16 x 20 , the inspiration was from a calender ,I named it "sunset @ canyon beach"
so here r some tips that I've learned
1.While choosing our subject ... its really important to choose a subject that ignites a spark in our mind,
choose the one you like
2.Once we choose a subject .....study the subject in detail, observe the colours ,if its a photo ,put it in a place where we can see it often,this would boost our inspiration and helps us decide the colours and position of the subject (ofcourse remind us about the painting waiting to be finished by us)
3. Its always better to mix the paint on our palette ,than on our canvas . ,this helps to avoid mess
4. Being stingy with the paint ,ofcourse will make the painting aweful
5.Applying all the leftover paints on,t the canvas....... just to avoid wasting them ....well by doing this ..we'll be wasting our painting
6.We must allow ourself ample time to work otherwise we'll end up loosing our initial inspiration(this might be a real challenge for most of us)
7. We do not have to fix each and every mistake on the canvas ,as i told u earlier they r not mistakes they are happy accidents .
8.We dont have to think too much ...........i feel its more of a feeling thing than an intellectual thing
9.Do not try to paint like someone else...try being ourself
10. Its always better to trust our instincts and our selves and leave the rest , do not worry abut the result
hope you enjoyed this post,wish u happy painting
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This is a rajput painting which i tried on a wooden bark , I used acrylic paints and the following are some of the intersting facts about rajput painting , i got on the net so thought of sharing it
Rajput Painting is an Indian art form belonging to the state of Rajasthan. Spanning from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, this art originated under the earliest Rajput Kingdoms and was so named. Rajput Painting flourished as a court art in the 'friendly' Rajputana states, under the umbrella of the Mughal Empire. Therefore, the style carried a strong influence of the Mughal Art. The subjects and a degree of inherent abstraction however, set the Rajput Paintings apart. Different Rajput states developed their own distinguishing styles, yet all of them retained the fundamental elements of Rajput Painting as a whole.
A large body of works from the Rajputana Kingdoms centered on devotional and religious subjects that included the life history of the Indian God Lord Krishna. Tales from the Indian epics, like Ramayana & Mahabharata and Indian holy books such as Bhagavata Purana were also important subjects here. Bikaner, Bundi, Kota, Amber, Jaipur, Kishengarh, Marwar, and Mewar were the most significant regions that contributed towards the development of Rajput Painting. Bundi, where court scenes, noblemen, and amours attracted maximum artistic attention, is considered the birthplace of Rajput Painting. Painted works from Bikaner blended the characteristics of Deccan Art with the Mughal style. Artists from Kota, on the other hand, focused on hunting scenes, Ragamalas, and portraits. The Kishangarh School of Art is well known for its regional style termed as 'Bani Thani' paintings. Mewar was the key territory, in which, the Rajput Painting kept away from the Mughal influence and instead, drew its inspiration from the Indian Chaurapanchasika style. By the end of the sixteenth century, this Indian painting style started blending domestic as well as international influences, such as Persian, Chinese, and European.
Flat forms, bold lines, and vibrant colors marked the two-dimensional Rajput Paintings. Bright yellow, orange, red, brown, and deep blue were usually the dominating colors on the Rajput palettes. These paintings were noted for their ornamental abstraction, where physical features were emphasized and accentuated. For example, eyes were often portrayed in large, almond shapes, and necks & fingers were elongated & sleek. No part of the frame was left untouched, which created a rich and flamboyant final output.
Rajput Paintings were mostly in the form of miniature pictures placed in manuscripts or small sized pictures, as part of collections. However, they were not limited to these forms with a host of works being painted on the walls of the royal courts and fort chambers, especially in the regime of Shekhawat Rajputs. The color pigments were derived from organic, mineral and metals. Not only did the use of precious metals, including gold & silver, and processed gemstones, but also the brilliance of style and execution, make Rajput Paintings among the most invaluable contributions in the field of Fine Arts.
before sharing this painting , i must say that this painting was a result of my inspiration for kerala murals
kerala mural is the fine paintings on the walls of ancient temples and churches in kerala , the subjects mainly being deities and the mythology.
now more on murals from the net
The mural of Kerala is very much related to Dravidian art of Kalamezhuthu. This was much more developed from the customs and religious rituals . It was the art of sprinklings and filling up of attractive colours inside the outlines of drawings. The architecture and murals are also influenced by pal lavas.
The Sanskrit text silparatna, describing painting and related subjects by Sri kumara must have been a role model for contemporary and later artists. There is no other text instead for it till now, which precisely discuss about the aesthetics and technological aspects of Indian Arts.
I am Subha alias Reshmi ,an art enthusiasist and above all...an enthusiastic learner, brought up in Chennai,India. Right from my childhood ,I was fascinated by nature. I always feel that nature has forced me to doodle with my brushes and paints.I work with oil, acrylic, pastels and watercolor and have exhibited my paintings in art exhibitions in Howard county, Maryland,USA .I am a member of Howard county arts council and have also participated in the art sale event conducted by them http://www.hocoarts.org/. In my blog I would love to share my experiments with new techniques of painting and discuss the mistakes I encountered. I believe this endeavour would help me sharpen my artistic skills and broaden my knowledge in painting, thus help me grow to be an accomplished artist .
At this point what comes to my mind is the last stanza ofRobert Frost's poem Stopping by the woods
"The woods are lovely dark and deep,
but I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep."
புன்னை மரத்தடி குழந்தை கிருஷ்ணர் Baby sri krishna under the sacred tree This was my first venture with regard to Tanjore painting .,the s...
This is a very interesting style of art .this is nothing but creating a texture with sand and painting on top of it For this painting ,...
one stroke painting is what I started with ,the single strokes creating fascinating flowers and leaves .Its so dramatic that I became a big...
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