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

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!

April 14, 2015

Majesty

Majesty, 8 by 10 inches , oil
One of the most favorite places I have traveled to is Sedona. It is on my bucket list is to visit Sedona one more time this life time and paint the gorgeous red rocks plein air. Too far fetched idea I guess, but I have hope! Painting this from my album accentuated that hope.I am also looking forward to painting similar rock formations at our own Tirumala hills, I will, next time, keeping the religious agendas aside!

April 2, 2015

Survivors

"Survivors", 8 by 10 inches, oil
Everywhere in Hawaii, we can find these red flowers growing on the volcanic rocks. From a distance, it looks like red carpets thrown all around.At first sight,I was stunned, stunned by the beauty and the lesson it taught.Yes, they felt like survivors to me,leading an authentic unique life against odd situations.

My grand father was one, who never once let the tough life situations and set backs over power him, displaying the quality of resilience and emerging out successfully. I would like to be like him and these red flowers, well, at least I am trying!