August 22, 2015

Glory of the past

8 by 10 inches, oil on canvas board
If I have nothing else to do, I browse through my vacation pictures, that take me back to the memories and fun times! That led to the above painting this week. The Citadel that sits on the highest hill of Amman, Jordon.The giant standing pillars are the remains of the Roman Temple of Hercules that was built during the reign of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 161–80).The citadel is in the heart of the downtown Amman, so it is like enjoying the coexistence of the past and the present. Thanks for looking!

July 28, 2015

One Cancun Morning

8 by 6 inches, oil on gesso board
Vacation time by the sea was good, especially Cancun, Mexico offered a lot to paint.Took a lot of pictures to paint, acquired a new pochade box for future plein air paintings, some good palette knives and watched Netflix!
Coming back to the routine after a few days of weightlessness seems daunting. The responsibilities of life suddenly feel harder to tackle.I am still in the sleeping mode but will get in to the daily painting mode soon.This is from my trip to Cancun, woke up early one day just to catch the sunrise.

June 26, 2015

Lone Cypress

The lone Cypress, 8 by 10 inches, Oil
It is time to take off  for my annual vacation to California!
This is the Lone Cypress found on the 17 mile drive, California and the second time I have painted it. I gifted the first version that was painted some years ago to my cousin who stood like a rock to support his family in the event of his father's demise since this tree who has stood the test of time reminded me of him.
 I hope to do some small studies and bring back great memories to paint.

May 27, 2015


Picnic, 8 by 10 inches, oil
What is better than a picnic while driving countryside! I recently enjoyed one that inspired this painting. But honestly,  when some people leave litter even in remotest places like this one it bothers me. I carry a bag to collect my trash and bring back home to dispose off. Only then I feel good about the picnic!

May 8, 2015

Miles of walk

Miles of walk, 8 by 10 inches, oil
This was done from my road trips around  North India. I met these women who walked miles to get a pot of water and I felt overwhelmed by the luxury of water from taps back at home. I gently remind myself to use every drop of water wisely  because somewhere out there  some people have no luxury of even drinking water. I have gone through severe water woes for daily consumption when I started my family right from drawing water from a well to carrying buckets of water from road tankers and pouring in to our tanks! Today I have no scarcity for water but still dont feel like wasting a drop!