I have been practicing realism for about 13 years now. I have been very consistent in my practice like I practice for about 3 hours a day. Earlier when I was in my 20s I used to practice for 5 or more hours. I gradually learnt how to create a painting. Oil painting fascinated me hugely so I learnt the procedure of it and I slowly learnt the techniques of it. Now I am in practice and I am slowly heading towards mastering all the techniques one after the other, that is how I am able to achieve realism. I am going to share with a few works that I did recently which are realistic in nature. All of the paintings on this page are available for sale. So anyone interested in any of these works please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Woman In Pink Saree
This is a small 20 * 16 inches portraiture style realistic oil painting. This took me a minimum of 10 days to finish the painting. I did the study very gradually. I did a color scheme, created demarcation between presence and absence of light in the painting. Then as a final step I would do all the detailing. Detailing makes the painting look more realistic and get a lot of life.
Girl Lighting The Lamp
This is a small 20 * 16 inches, realistic oil painting on substrate canvas. I love to do dramatic lights. Lights fascinate me immensely. They make me more creative. It has always been an amazing experience to do dramatic light. It is a lot of work to the brain to imagine how my subject would look when limited light falls on my subject. Where would the light fall and where it would not fall. And to create the balance between presence and absence of light is such a bliss. When you get the output that is there on your mind, then it gives you a lot of thrill, sense of achievement and would drive you to do more. So that way, this painting is more close to my heart.
Lighting The Lamp
This is a 20 * 16 inches, realistic oil painting on substrate canvas. This is a painting that I did and I also recorded the process of it. I love to do such restricted lights. I love to do such studies, because it makes your brain think and think in the direction of realism and to make the painting sensible you will have to do a lot of work back and forth. You may have to finish the painting and then redo certain parts that you think you have finished. It is a lot of work but it is very enjoyable. And the outcome gives you a lot of satisfaction.
This is such a small work, but it was well received by the audience. This is a 8 * 10 inches realistic oil painting on substrate canvas. I so loved this painting, it boosted the confidence in me. This painting gave me the confidence that I felt my study, observation and recreation of Indian skin was not all that bad. The technique I used for this painting is the technique I continued to use for many of my forthcoming paintings.
This is a realistic oil painting, 24 * 36 inches, oil on substrate canvas. It is an experimental work. This took me a minimum of 1 month to finish the painting. This was well received and enquired by a few galleries in Chennai. I so loved the finish of it and I became more confident about this work. This was done a couple of years ago, like in 2019.
Woman kneading Dough 2
This is a small work, 16 * 20 inches, realistic oil painting on substrate canvas. This I would consider to be one of my best studies. It took me only about 15 days to finish the work. This painting was well received by the audience. I did this painting after I was inspired by one of my favorite artists in India. This is quite an old work when I thought Indian skin was very tough to achieve but will always remain close to my heart.
This is a small work, 14 * 11 inches, realistic oil painting on substrate canvas. It is a self study of myself. Self study is something very interesting to do. Most of the times when I do a self study of myself, the inner self in me that has a desired image of me would overtake me and create a different image of me. Let us say in this portrait, I think I am plumper and fairer than my real self. But I try to be more honest to my study, to create a real image of my existing self. But as an artist I have a set of facial and figure rules that I know will make the subject look more beautiful. These beauty standards are a part of me and that standard inside me grows as I keep studying and practicing. So this painting is a mixture of my knowledge of myself and the beauty criteria that I have learnt through the practice.
Girl in White Chudidhar
This is my painting, 20 * 16 inches, realistic oil painting on substrate canvas. This is something I did in 2017, not a very recent work, but it gave me a lot of confidence and it took my work to the other level. This is something I did without using my color scheme technique. Color scheme is a very safe technique; the foundation that I have laid would guide me to the next step. This is something I did before I learnt about the color scheme technique. Now I feel so sophisticated and settled with color scheme and I would never do a work without it.
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