March 4, 2012

Sunshine stroll - Figurative beach painting in Oils

This is one of those references that made me wish I was transported right there. With the gorgeous sun, lapping waters and a stroll all alone with nothing on the mind. Ha! I wish! 

It is also my favorite painting of the week, I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Sunshine Stroll
Oil on Canvas, 4 by 12 inches
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March 3, 2012

"Face off!" - Original Oil beach painting by Nithya Swaminathan

When I did two kid paintings on the beach, all my other beach references came gushing back to me and I will be continuing with them one by one. 

I started this painting originally with both the figures seen in full, and a bit of the sky too in the background. I had stopped it at a stage where there was an hour's work needed. When I looked at it the next day though, I did not like it and felt the figures weren't interesting enough. Then I sketched them out again in a closer crop and felt it worked a little better. So went ahead and wiped off the painting and started afresh.

Face off!
Oil on Canvas, 8 by 8 inches
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I did not take a picture of the initial version of this painting, so that it would have been nice to look at them side by side. Oh well, but I am glad that I went ahead and changed it instead of trying to "fix" it. Let me know how you like it.

February 29, 2012

What's that? - Oil painting of children in Summer

I have a thing for kids with curly hair. I find them irresistible! And that's what caught my attention first about this little girl too, that big bush on her head.:)

What's that!
Oil on Canvas, 5 by 7 inches
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February 28, 2012

Spring blossom - Textured floral painting in Oils

The magnolia is one flower that I never painted before. For the amount of florals that I do, it is quite something. I do have some nice references though, and when I look for the next painting, I just skim through them and never bothered to get to them. This time however, I was struggling with another painting, I do not remember which one, and then took out a fresh board and started this little piece on a whim. 

Spring blossom
Oil on board, 6 by 6 inches
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It was a great break from the figures that I was painting. Before I realized I had made good progress with it and it kind of painted itself! :) I splurged at the art store recently and among my purchases were a couple of lovely shades of pink. They were promptly put to use here. Love them pinks! :)

Let me know what you think.

February 27, 2012

Mommy's girl - Textured paintings of children in summer

Tagging along with mommy. This painting is textured, it has been painted with the palette knife. I loved doing the little girl's dress with the knife, it was just perfect for it. Let me know what you think.

Mommy's girl
Oil on board, 6 by 6 inches
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February 26, 2012

Treasure hunt - Original painting of children in summer

If you remember what I had mentioned yesterday about references that get painted as is and those that involve a lot of work, this image belongs to the first category. One of the very rare cases. I observed this little girl for a long while and then clicked her. I just loved her cute pink pigtails.:)

Treasure hunt
Oil on Canvas, 5 by 7 inches
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February 25, 2012

Red on Red!

There are some paintings where I find something absolutely irresistible right in front of me and take an image, paint it with little or no processing. But those are very very rare, and almost none when it comes to my figurative work. Much more common are the ones where I click something, and discover something else altogether while processing the images. 

Red on Red
Oil on Canvas, 4 by 12 inches
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This picture is a great example of how I work. My object of focus in this shot was a dad and little boy playing football in these lawns. But when I zoom in to a reference image and look into further details, this girl is the one who jus *had* to be painted first. The boy and his dad will be painted sometime later. :)

February 24, 2012

Daisies - thinking of spring..

The temperatures here dropped to record lows a couple of weeks ago and I was freezing.. This winter has actually been so mild and this sudden drop made me paranoid that spring might be delayed.. So I wanted to paint something while I wait for spring :) Rather impatiently at that!

Oil on board, 6 by 6 inches
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If you noticed the last few paintings were all done with the brushes only, and one reason to do a flower again was the urge to pick up my knives as well. So liberating painting with the knife, as always. I did not like it initially, but almost a week after it was painted, looks quite decent to me now.

A mock-framed pic to give you an idea. :-)

February 23, 2012

Weeekend news - Original painting of people in summer

I have been having a ball with this long horizontal format, they are super fun! This one too is from a reference taken from a park nearby, summer impressions 2011.

Weekend news
Oil on Canvas, 4 by 12 inches
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February 22, 2012

Family fun - Original Painting of People in Summer

Loved this little family having a splash at a lake nearby, and how the smallest one is introduced to water at such an early age! Just had to paint it :)

Family Fun
Oil on Canvas, 4 by 12 inches
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February 20, 2012

A book and some sunshine - Original figurative painting of people in summer

This is one of my absolute favorite references. I painted her couple of years ago in Acrylics in a different format. Wanted to give it a shot again in oils and here it is.:)

A book and some sunshine
Oil on Canvas, 4 by 12 inches
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February 5, 2012

Day Dreamer - Original Textured Floral by Nithya Swaminathan, 5 by 7 inches

The coneflower is one flower I just can't get enough of. They are one of my absolute favorite flowers to paint, more so because the shape renders itself beautifully to be painted with the palette knife. Swaying in the wind, lost in thoughts like a day dreamer!

Day Dreamer
Acrylics on board, 5 by 7 inches
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January 25, 2012

Evening glow - textured floral oil painting by Nithya Swaminathan, 6 by 6 inches

This floral is done from a reference that I clicked at an amusement park last summer. We were done with all the rides and were too tired just waiting to get home, when I spotted this gorgeous bunch of tulips. And then with a renewed shot of energy, I captured them in every angle I could and delayed the trip back home by 15 minutes. :) The things these flowers do to you!

Evening glow
Oil on board, 6 by 6 inches
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January 10, 2012

"Daddy!" - Original Textured Oil Painting of Children, 5 by 7 inches - SOLD

This little girl is from a reference at a park nearby. When I saw her picture, the first thought to cross my mind was that she was running towards her dad. That's how my girl runs to her dad, and I am sure all of them do.:-)

Oil on Canvas, 5 by 7 inches
I started this one originally with the canvas in the portrait mode, and the shadow was getting cut off midway. The husband was vehemently against it and suggested it would look better in the landscape format. Looks like he was right, as I like it better than what I started with. There's a reason why he is my biggest critic you see. And do I even need to mention how kicked and proud he was about me titling the painting so. Ugh!

January 9, 2012

"Need no Company" - Original Figurative Oil Painting, 7 by 5 inches

I love watching waves, patterns in water and so on. Endlessly. And I *love* watching people who do the same. Enjoying the company of nature and some solitude, just the way I like it.

Need no company
Oil on Canvas, 7 by 5 inches
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January 8, 2012

"Mine"craft - Original Small Textured Painting of Children, 5 by 7 inches

This one was painted exclusively with the knife. Because of the limitations of using a knife, I could not capture intricate details, but I quite like the overall mood it captures. Also went a little crazy with the colors, let me know how you like it. 

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Oil on Canvas, 5 by 7 inches
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January 6, 2012

Reading by the lake VIII - Original Figurative Painting in Oils, 9 by 12 inches

One more in my "Reading by the lake" series. The whole idea of reading at peace in a public place kind of fascinates me. It is unimaginable in India, considering the level of noise and crowd around. That's probably the reason why I am drawn to these references. :-) There are a few more to come.

Reading by the Lake VIII
Oil on Panel, 9 by 12 inches.
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January 2, 2012

Budding footballer - Original Textured Oil Painting, 7 by 5 inches - SOLD

The Germans probably start playing "fussball" before they start walking.;-) Loved this little boy carrying a  ball and walking towards the lawn for a game of football. I am truly having a ball with all these paintings of children and I am getting some very nice feedback for them. Hope you like it.

Budding footballer
Oil on Canvas, 7 by 5 inches
Textured with palette knife

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