painting - using warm & cool colors

size 16" x 20" medium - "water based oil"

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Colors can be devided in to Warm colors(orange, yellow, red, white) & Cool Colors(black, gray, blue, green, voilet)

This painting is based on real still-subject, not a photo. I replaced white parts of the subject with warm colors. And replaced dark parts with cool colors.

Example: Drapery was actually whitish-cream in color. I replaced it with warm colors.
Similarly, I used cool colors to represent shades between Drapery's folds .

Here is a blog on my experience when doing this painting

painting - tree

Size - 10" x 16" Medium - Acrylic

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Inspired by my picture taken near Golden Gate bridge, California, USA.
This painting tought me how to create rocky texture.

This is an experience while doing this painting

painting - jean farm

size- 18"x24" medium - "Acrylic & Water based oil"

More about subject...
I need few pages to document the experience of painting this..:-)
Let me brief..this is based on a picture that I took in Woodstock, Vermont, USA.
My friend, an experienced artist, responded saying "...this painting is too naive..." I feel her comments are very much true..

depeche mode's "playing the angels" lyrics


I'm not sure- What I'm looking for
anymore - I just know - That I'm
harder to console - I don't see who
I'm trying to be - Instead of me - But
the key - Is a question of control

Can you say - What you're trying to
play anyway - I just pay - While
you're breaking all the rules - All the
signs that I find - Have been
underlined - Devils thrive on the
drive - That is fuelled.

All this running around - Well it's
getting me down - Just give me a
pain that I'm used to - I don't need
to believe - All the dreams you
conceive - You just need to achieve -
Something that rings true

There's a hole in your soul - Like an
animal - With no conscience -
Repentance unknown - Close your
eyes - Pay the price for your
paradise - Devils feed on the seeds -
That are sown

Can't conceal what I feel - What I
know is real - No mistaking the
faking - I care - With a prayer in the
air- I will leave it there - On a note
full of hope - Not despair

All this running around - Well it's
getting me down -Just give me a
pain that I'm used to - I don't need
to believe - All the dreams you
conceive - You just need to achieve -
Something that rings true

Where were you when I fell from
grace - A frozen heart an empty

Something's changed and it's in
your eyes - Please don't speak you'll
only lie

I found treasure not where I thought
- Peace of mind can't be bought -
Still I believe

Just hang on - Suffer well -
Sometimes it's hard - It's hard to tell

An angel led me when I was blind -
I said take me back I've changed
my mind - Now I believe

From the blackest room I was torn -
You called my name my love was
born - So I believe

Just hang on - Suffer well -
Something it's hard - It's hard to tell


John the Revelator - Put him in an
elevator - Take him up to the highest
high - Take him up to the top -
Where the mountains stop - Let him
tell his book lies

John the Revelator - He's a smooth
operator - It's time we cut him down
to size - Take him by the hand - And
put him on the stand - Let us hear his
By claiming God - As his holy right
He's stealing a God - From the
Israelities - Stealing a God - From the
Muslim too - There is only one God
Through and through

Seven lies multiples by seven
Mutlipled by seven again - Seven
angels with seven trumpets - Send
them home on the morning train

Well who's that shouting - John the
Revelator - All he ever gives us is
pain - Well who's that shouting -
John the Revelator - He should bow
his head in shame

By and by - By and By - By and By
By and by

oscar wilde - quote

-Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

-What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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blackpoint compensation in Adobe PS

corneal transplant

my corneal transplant
On 22nd Feb 2005, I underwent Corneal Transplant. That day, my cornea was replaced by dead person's cornea. Even before the surgery I had plans of documenting my eye's post-surgical progression. I took picture of eye before and after the surgery.

picture Before surgery
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post-surgical period
Because of bleeding in my eye, I was not able take picture of my eye on the first day. On the 2nd day, I tried shooting myself, using a mirror but I was not able to focus to my eyes. A week later my friend, Long, took some pictures (using Pentax 100mm f2.8 macro)

picture After surgery (see cornea & stitches)
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White tissue is the new cornea and black threads are the stitches.

My eye disease is called as Keratoconus. This will result in distorted, and virtually useless, cornea; this makes any sort of vision correction, using glass, contact lens, Lasik, impossible. After surgery, with the new cornea, vision correction becomes possibility..

More details on Keratoconus

Thanks to
-JackZito took care of me during pre & post surgical stages..
-dead person, who's cornea I carry...

now, contaminated, I can see better..


"....Emotion Bare your soul you'll never learn.."
-from song "You Think You Know Her" by Cause & Effect

I like this line, and also the whole song...
Its ture the emotions expose your soul to natural events of life.
We do learn and keep on baring as if it's always summer...

warm-cool color painting (painting class)

In today's class I completed the Warm-Cool color painting. I had to stay extra 2hrs to complete the work. Even professor stayed along with us, this shows the her dedication to work and art.

When I started, Warm-Cool color painting, I was trying to paint the colors that I see in a cursory glance. It sometime to realize that I need to represent bright parts using Warm colors(Yellow, Orange, Red) and dark using Cool colors( Blue, Violet,green). When I started implementing this for the first time I felt discomfort and confusion. During this painting, I used violet to represent the dark part and this experience made me more relaxed about Warm-Cool color selection. As I applied this theory in to practice, I started enjoying the whole process. During this I started realizing what it means to be an "colorist". Before this experience, to represent shadow, using blue instead of gray was a strange act. Now I started appreciating those things.

Medium for Warm-Cool color painting...
This style of painting does not demand reproduction of original colors. Thus it is good for Wet-On-Wet painting.

This style, may have too many different colors. This means blending is very important and Oil paints are very good at it.

Based on above two, I will use oil paints for Warm-Cool color painting.

Using Brush...
In today's painting I had to depict the threads of bundle of yarn. For this ideally I had to use a fan-brush with bristles spread at the tip. I had to simulate this with the regular flat brush. I spread the bristels using fingers while dipping in painting and also while stroking the canvass. Holding brush like this may sound impracticle idea but holding this way creates certain tension in wrist and this provides nice rhythm for stroke movements.

dust in life

Yesterday me, my colleagues, J & A had lunch together.

J asked me and A "do you have dust in your life?"
I did not understand what he meant by dust

Later J explained "..dust settles on unused things.
Similarly, stagnated life could be referred to as dusty life.."

Also dust refers to cocaine especially when combined with mirror

I do not think I have dust in my life...

shoes & tyres

In US shoes lasts longer than tyres..
It's the other way in rest of the world

rain diluted sleep...

Rain is around from past few days/nights. Two days back, I had this experience, I thought writing an essay on it....

....Rain diluted sleep...

My refrigerator had stopped snoring. Light was seeping through the sheets, as if its searching for my eyes. my eyes woke to stare above, bed sheet looked like a dark but starry sky. Wind was rubbing the wall of trees, it was so obvious, I could hear the texture of leaf & bark. I tried to keep chilly wind out by wrapping the sheet around my foot & legs.

My mind went on to track the rain drops jumping off the grass and also off my head. I wrapped my arms around myself to fight this spilling water. I felt soaked and rain had already diluted my sleep enough so that I could experience the safest moments of my life. I wished that these soft moments extend beyond me but refrigerator's mechanical snore interrupted this symphony of rain & wind, and put me back to silence, the world where I was before..

sold for first time

i never thought that I can sell something to anybody in my life..
but yestarday i was able sell my Canon 28-135mm EF USM IS lens on eBay..
I am really surpraised that I can sell something..

my ebay auction(Item number: 7551584048)..

even harmony and uneven harmony

even Harmony
Take a look at the bottle, and you will see even curved shapes.
Look at rolling-hill in nature, you will recogize the even harmony

uneven Harmony
Look at a rock, bark, distant will see a uneven harmony.

Now try to reproduce these two using pencil...
At least for me it's difficult to reproduce the uneven Harmony compared to
even harmony

saved a painting

I was doing a landscape painting using Acrylic. Acrylic's fast drying nature itself drives me crazy. To make the things worse, this lanscape had a rugged, exposed rock in the foreground. I tried painting it and failed miserably. I was just putting colors and there was no texture. Texture was so intricate that I felt like taking a pencil and do the shading but I was using brush. Rock had various colors too.
Me, neither do I know how to mix those colors nor I know how to get the texture...

Frustration came out and I took different colors and splashed over the rock recklessly. Thus I killed a dying painting...I did not want to look at that painting...I removed the painting from the easel and placed over the bed....I felt really defeated and beaten..
I do not want to be beaten in painting...I took the paining back again and reworked on the rock. This time I used brush as if it's a pencil and got the some decent texture...
At the end of this emotional drama, I had my first ever texture painting and it was quite decent. I had heard about painters undergoing frustration and I just tasted for the first time...
Any way I am very happy that I saved my painting and also discovered a method to make texture painting...

MK Gandhi b'day

Today is Gandhi b'dy, only Indian national leader I respect...

Nothing more to say....:-(

Mahatma Gandhi, the Missing Laureate
This is very interesting article.

tonal painting

I did this Tonal painting..

This painting is based on the one of my photo..

FYI: What is Tonal painting?
There are many colors like read, green, blue etc...
Each of the color will many have tones between DARK to LIGHT.
Ex: There are many tones in between Dark red to Light red.
Similarly every color has many tones. This may help in understanding.

My painting is done using different shades of BROWN color.

"Happy families are all ..." -Tolstoy's

Today in my friend's car was playing Tolstoy's Anna Karenina audio book.
The book began with following sentence
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"

In a society, people stick to same formula to be successfull and happy. So no wonder happy families look alike.
On the contrary, any off-formula life, may lead to very unique troubles.