September 26, 2015

Solo Flight

Solo flight, 8 by 10 inches , oil
Yesterday I was rearranging my books with no intention to read anything, but this book just popped out of the shelf and I couldnt resist reading it one more time! Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
Finished reading it and took out my paints to paint this one with my thoughts about the book still lingering.One particular quote connected to me so much, I am sharing it here.
''I dont mind being bones and feathers. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can't. That's all.I just want to know.''

September 8, 2015

A jewel in the desert

8 by 6 inches oil
I am used to so many colorful blooms in Bengaluru that when I am in Muscat I keep searching for color and at once such instance I found this red jewel midst the rather bushy dry vegetation. Such a wonder I thought, no one watered it, none cared to stop and observe it, but it held high in perfect uniqueness, fragrance intact and in complete solitude even with the others that did not relate to it.
After finishing the painting today, as a coincidence I read this quote on Lolomente's blog, that seemed so apt for this painting.
"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." — Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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.