Wednesday 30 September 2009

Autumn Years

Yes, it is not an autumn painting! The title refers to the the people who are the focal point in this painting. The background foliage is still green at the Green Park, the scene of action here. May be a week or so they will be in 'flames'. May be I can repeat the scene with autumn foliage then! The painting is done on Saunders Waterford 645gms Not surface measuring 50cm x 34cm. Thanks for looking!

Monday 21 September 2009

Of horses and cows

Before I pushed off for a weekend painting workshop, I had started a painting of two horses in a West Yorkshire farm which I had photographed on a visit in August. We were returning from a guided tour of 'The Last of the Summer wine Locations' in the quaint village of Holmefirth. When we saw the horses in the field, I was reminded of ' the White Horse Pub' which had featured in the longest running comedy serial! I took many photos, this one stood out asking to be painted. Here is the photo and the painting. Used Bockingford 425 gsm Extra rough surface, 51 cm x 34 cm, with SAA Artist paints.

This was done on the first day of the painting workshop. The Saturday weather was so good, we did not want to keep indoors painting the sketches we did in the forenoon, so we pulled out our tables and chairs and sat outside the Newbiggin in Teesdale village hall and started painting the glorious scene in front of us after a brief stint of sketching them. Made a few compositional changes, herding the cows to the right. Same materials as above. The size of the painting is 49 cm x 32 cm.
Comments and criticism welcome!

Wednesday 9 September 2009

One from my hometown!

Falls at Thirumoorthy Hills, Coimbatore District (Tamil Nadu, India)

This is a very nostalgic painting. This is a small waterfalls very close to my town where many a Sunday afternoons were spent in college days. Just stand under the falls and the thudding water gives you a very good massage to your whole body, it has medicinal values too. It is real heaven sent on a very hot day(which usually is), you just do not feel like leaving the water! I thought I should revive the memories of yore!Have a look at the reference photo above.

Here is my version in painting, followed closely to the reference, without any composition changes.
Half sheet of Bockingford 425gms rough surface (good for the rock texture). Used a credit card to scrape out the rocks when the paint was wet. SAA artist paints used. As always, comments and criticisms welcome! Thanks for looking!

Sunday 6 September 2009

Sunday in Hyde Park

Usually I add people in my landscapes to give some scale and some life, this time I am adding landscape elements (foliage etc) to people, yes the focus this time is on human activity on a Sunday in my favourite spot in London, Hyde Park! I also tried to capture some sunlight in this glorious summer which is fast giving way! Here is the painting, done on Arches half sheet (rough surface).

Thanks for viewing, comments welcome, as always!