Window 3, inspired by the windows in Prague this particular picture fascinated me with its stone facade and the gorgeous stained mirrors that reflect the sky and the scenery. The hint of stains seen in the lower third of the window, make for fine details. I guess I am making progress with the window series after all.
The second in the window series. I love a bright day specially when viewed from a window while reading a book. This is what drew me to this subject. It has all the right ingredients to attract one to get up and go for a walk. As you may all know water is one of my favorite subjects and of course what goes hand in had is another fluid medium that is light itself. This painting's focus is really the lights and the way it lends itself to beautify this scene.
David Hockney is one of my favorite painters. His clean lines, almost flat paintings with a dose of texture to arouse the curiosity had gotten me deeply intrigued with his painting style. After a lot of thought and research into his style I have produced my own version of a flat painting. There was a lot of masking tape and care to create this work but the end result is acceptable. Inspired by his work of "Pool with two figures" I tried to produce what I can only describe as a prequel to it. "Hesitation" takes the main subject staring down at the pool but just younger, staring down at the pool this time in his backyard. I guess painting is all about creating that story. I call it "Hesitation" because as I would construct the story, he contemplates on getting into the water to swim while being at the same time being completely fascinated but the water itself. As time went by he has become successful and moved to LA as seen in the work of David Hockney. I am not even remotely close to the precision of this master painter. His original was 84" x 120" and mine is a minuscule 8" x 10". Achieving a level of flatness to the image is satisfactory but there is a long road to cover studying this style.
If you are an artist, then in essence you have been fascinated by the work of one or more artists who have inspired you. I tend to sit for hours together, admire and ponder how some of my favorite artists achieve the effects, the inspiration and the passion in their work. It is never easy to achieve and imitation and repeating some of their masterpieces tells you the level of patience and effort gone into the work. Along those lines any help to accelerate that learning process is typically appreciated. As an artist we do tend to get wrapped in the style which lies within our comfort zone. It is hard to push to adopt another style. Nevertheless I find that it exposes me to new techniques, ideas and visions to view the subject you paint. The Forger’s Masterclass is a TV show hosted by John Myatt a British art forger from the 90’s who takes you through the styles and techniques on different painters as he tutors three candidates through a few hours of a class. I wouldn’t say he is well versed in the styles of all the different painters but I do believe he inspires one to be open to new techniques. There are about a dozen episodes on YouTube which artists could benefit from. I definitely found it useful.
"Lady in the Red Skirt"
Sometimes you see a place, a picture, a person in action and think "that's just perfect, I can look at that forever..". That is how I felt when I was browsing through Pinterest and came across this picture. The lady standing, the window behind her full of assorted objects, the hanging light fixtures, the glare of the skies reflection and the building across the street on the glass behind her, everything works. Naturally I had to paint this scene. I did however change certain aspects, I made the lady's waist thinner which made her posture look upright. I also flared her skirt a bit which highlights her better. I change the tiled pavement to line coming out towards the viewer to direct the gaze to the window. I completely enjoyed painting this composition and will be one of my all time favorites. This was done on a 8" x 10" canvas using Galleria acrylics.
I guess I am in a fruit drawing roll right now. Of all the fruits I am really fascinated by the pear because I think it has a beautiful shape and character to its skin. Combining that with the leaves and the depth within such a small frame made me fascinated by this. This is one of my favorite pictures that I have painted.
The bright color of the oranges, their shadow, seemed like a great topic for impressionism. The painting was done on a 8 x 10 inch canvas and was done using Galleria acrylics.
Thank you all for the support you have given thus far. I deeply appreciate your comments and encouragement. I hope to go live this year with my website which will have each original painting for sale (of course just one piece) and prints of those paintings will also be available. I am working with a professional team who specialize in art framing and photography (http://hiddenlightllc.com/). I have been working with them for a year and have enjoyed the process. Professional framing is not your average $20 framing from Target. Such framing take time, skill, is mostly custom work to best highlight the artwork and the price could scale based on the size of the artwork. To give you a ballpark a typical painting of mine takes about $150 to have it framed. All material used in the framing process in typically acid and alkali free so the painting will not degrade over time. Since pastels are typically framed under glass, I opt for UV protected anti glare glass that provides a very glass free viewing experience while protecting the painting from sun light. Most originals that I will sell will come framed and I make the selection of what frame would best suit the art along with the expert at Hidden Light LLC. The prints will be sold unframed. More details will be provided as I get closer to the launch of the website. In the mean time I have created a facebook page and for all art lovers who would like to follow me through the social network. Here is the link:
I love the way light interacts with water and as reflected from my earlier work it is often a subject of my paintings. It reflects, refracts, distorts and leaves a very dynamic feel to the picture. This painting, "Golden Sunset" is one such scene that captures light as it interacts with the scenery.
This is the first of six as a part of the "Window" series. The texture and color of the wall and the dried vines growing on them, the brightly lit courtyard visible through the window and the way the light cascades off the pots and the plants makes this a very interesting subject. This painting is 12" x 16" on archival Uart sand paper with the usual Sennelier and Mungyo oil pastels.
I am a self taught artist working with oil pastels, charcoal and acrylics. In my blog I share what inspires me and my work.