I painted these in the last few weeks. Painting water is HARD! It needs so much discipline, hopefully will master it one day. Painted all of these froma laptop screen, another thing i want to get used to. The reference photo of the boat painting was taken by my brother-in-law in India at the place of confluence of 3 rivers (at the Sangam, Prayagraj, quite a spiritual place). The other two are from my neighborhood, by my walking path... beside the Mississippi river. There are many things I wish I could do better in all of these paintings.. Please feel free to comment or suggest...
"No takers, on a lazy winter afternoon", 9"x12", Oil on gessoboard
Here I wish I had painted the clouds a bit lower
"Flooded forest floor", 9"x12", Oil on gessoboard
This also was an afternoon scene and the reference was very chaotic. I started the painting same day as taking the photo, on a whim and was pulling my hair out in between. Had to omit a lot of twigs and shrubs to make it easier to read and keep my sanity as well. This is again a winter scene and so all bare trees.
"A light and sound show", 12"x16", Oil on canvas
My intention for this painting was the menacing clouds, and the brown waters of the Mississippi and an anchored boat, but I could not make the boat placement work and look convincing. So on a whim, placed a rainbow (which we saw the same day as a flash and was gone in a few seconds). I didn't feel I was getting anywhere with this painting so started playing around and placed the lightnings.... well atleast I had fun with this one, successful or not
Thank you for your time!