Sunday, August 30, 2015

Good Start...

Ganesh - Oil on Canvas - Sketch
As I was waiting for my other Paintings to dry up little bit, I wanted to get myself going with this wonderful journey of Oil Painting. So, I had to start a new one. From my dream-todo-list, next, Lord Ganesh went onto the canvas. It's just a one-hour under painting, but I like it so much as it almost looks like a finished one. I guess, here, my fast-paced Watercolor Painting skills helped me to work fast with three paintings in just few hours.

It's just the beginning. I know, I still have a long way to go. But, it's a good start. Looking forward for crossing many beautiful mile-stones along the way ;)

Happy Painting!

Mediums: Oil on Canvas
Size: 16" x 20" (40 cm x 50 cm)

Unless you stretch yourself...

Krishna - Oil on Canvas - Sketch
As I go through Oil Painting bit seriously this time, I learn the fact that I just cannot have one Painting started and get it going until I finish. It takes several weeks and even months before I get to finish one painting. After every stage, I need to wait at least few days for it to dry little bit before I continue to work.  Unlike watercolor, it is a very slow process.

As I am used to the fast pace of watercolor painting lately, I find it hard to slow down and wait patiently. So, I decided to have multiple paintings going on at the same time so that I can go at my desired speed switching from one to another, working on all in parallel. I might be highly ambitious with Oil Painting in the beginning itself, but...hey, unless I stretch myself, I don't know how far I can reach.... ;)

I will keep posting the progress here...

Happy Painting!

Mediums: Oil on Canvas
Size: 24" x 30" (60.9 cm x 76.2 cm)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Soul On Canvas...

Oil Painting - A Sketch - the very first step
Oil Painting - has been my dream for the longest period in my life. In the era of no(n)-internet, when I was working in Hyderabad, India, I tried all reachable resources: Books, Friends, City Central Library in Chikkadapally, Art stores etc. to get myself little educated with the material and the process of Oil Painting. But my efforts had no luck.

Though I tried Oil Painting almost 15 years ago when I was living in Chicago, I did not get into it seriously. Five years ago, I made another sincere attempt, but kept it aside and got more into  Watercolor Painting. Some of my friends even said I should revisit my blog title "My Soul On Canvas". Now, finally, I revisit it. I revisit my dream, with much more discipline, much more determination, much more sincerity and much more self-motivation-and-inspiration.

I learned the fact, the hard way: unlike Watercolor Painting, Oil Painting requires more time & effort. It is also often said that if one can do Watercolor Painting, Oil Painting should be easy. I am not entirely sure on that, but, I do believe, each one comes with it's own challenges.

After making my initial investments of my time, efforts and money to put my Soul On Canvas; with this Painting, I start putting my baby steps into it. Soon, I am hoping to learn how to walk first before I will try to run.

I sincerely believe in Sincere Efforts. This time, I will try to be more sincere than ever.
Efforts will never go waste...after all, at the end if we don't succeed, we at least learn.



Happy Painting!

Mediums: Oil on Canvas
Size: 22" x 28" (55.8 cm x 71.1 cm)