Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mirror Lake

 18 x 24 oil on panel

Hey fellas, This is my latest painting "Mirror Lake".  Making this painting was a very different experience.  I made a lot many changes to my reference photo in order to get this painting right. 

The reference photo was very intriguing to me, however there were a couple things I wanted to change.
  • 1. I did not like the dull grey sky.  It was setting in a very gloomy mood.
    reference photo
  • 2. I was not very happy with the color scheme either.  Again it appeared very dull to me.
I guess it was not a great day to take pictures.  I generally like to paint shadow contrasts in bright day light.  But it was late November and bright sunshine is really rare during this time of the year.  Nevertheless, I just loved the brilliant reflection.
I knew I wanted to paint this but with a few changes :).  And here is what I did...
In order to get rid of the dull grey I introduced a mountain in place of the sky.  And also changed the color scheme a little bit.  I majorly used a blue-green palette with a touch of yellow to set in the bright happy mood. Using a limited color range makes all   elements work in perfect harmony with "minimal" effort.  All in all, it was a good learning experience.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Green Meadows - Painting Process

reference image
Recently I finished a painting titled "Green Meadows".  On a very candid note, this was my second attempt to turn around this painting.  The first time I messed up the foliage and wasn't able to rectify it.  But I was so inspired by the photograph that I had to paint it again. 

The first thing I did was prepared the panel again as if I was starting on a fresh one. So I lay in a glaze of burnt umber + Raw sienna over the entire panel and put it away for a few days.  Then got back to it with a fresh eye.  It was a little hard to overlook or ignore traces of the underlying painting.  I was running the risk of redoing the same mistakes as they were still visible from the transparent glaze.  I kept working on it with a fresh eye, analyzing almost every brush stroke, stepping back every other time, checking it out in a mirror.  Mirror, reverses the image and adds distance thus helping in identifying unwanted distractions in the scene.  I was extremely cautious this time with every single brush stroke.

"Green Meadows" 18 x 24 oil on panel
 Although I was in love with the  reference image, I was not quite happy with the lighting.  If you've noticed all elements (mountains, foliage and water) of the painting/ref image come together (left side) which is    naturally    a       good compositional aspect.  But I still wanted something in the painting that would    stand out and take the viewer directly into the painting.  So, using my artistic license "liberally" I decided to add a little bit of drama in the lighting.  I introduced a streak of warm sunshine on the left of the foliage.  Since the human eye is generally attracted to light objects, this warm sunshine takes the viewer right into the painting.

This lighting effect also uplifted the overall appeal of my composition.
The final painting turned out very successful.  I was able to overcome the flaws I had committed in the first attempt.  Every painting is a new experience.  It feels great that I salvaged this panel from joining the trash.  yay!
"Green Meadows" A speed video of my painting form start to finish

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ocean Rocks II

18 x 24 oil on panel

The month of October has been extremely unproductive/frustrating for me.  Since this is my first year in the Pacific NW, it took me a while to adjust with the gloomy climate.  Starting October, Oregon has been cloudy and rainy.  Since I work in layers, it is imperative that my layers dry (to touch) before I lay another glaze.  And winter has tremendously slowed the drying process.  Hence more is the wait time. This painting has had at least 7-8 glazes of paint.  The inspiration for this one was the Indian Beach which extends a few miles from the Cannon Beach shore line...This painting will be a part of my Cannon Beach series (the Haystack, Cannon Beach, and Ocean Rocks).  For now I plan to take a break with oceanscapes and move on to landscapes for a while.  Thank you for visiting my blog.  Have a nice day!  and yes, do visit again :)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ocean Rocks

12 x 24 
oil on board

Hi fellas!,  Last week in Oregon has been extremely gloomy...God alone knows how its gonna be when winter really kicks in.  And gloomy days slow me down.  I somehow managed to finish this painting.  Its fresh off my easel.   This painting generated from my visit to Cannon Beach and a small hike that I took.  This is in fact the Indian beach....Its a few miles from Canon beach. We hiked form the Ecola State park to the Indian Beach.  You can drive to the Indian beach but we chose to hike.  I prefer hiking cause it gives me the opportunity to take more pictures along the way.  And of course hiking trails walk you though scenic areas. 
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Recovered a painting from a possible creative disaster

Hi there,
Original photograph
Last week  I started this painting called "In the Valley".  It was inspired by the myriad pictures that I took at Mt. Rainier National Park.  It is .a beautiful place soaked in natural beauty.  When I zeroed on one of the reference photographs I knew it would be a challenge but never thought it would be a struggle.. 
As always I started with the under tone of raw-umber and burnt sienna.  This is the part when I decide on my composition.  Its the most significant part of my painting process.  Thereafter I started working in layers and everything was going perfectly fine until I hit the road block....

The problem was with the shadow area.  Since it was dark it was becoming harder for me to figure out the details..and besides the water stream was just not working for me in the painting.  Its a terrible feeling for an artist when you start a painting with certain expectations and it just doesn't work out. 
Intermediate stage...almost labeled as a creative disaster
If you check out the intermediate stage...the foliage, the mountains and the depth were all working in perfect harmony.  The problem was with the foreground.  Firstly, the purple shadow was not gelling well with the rest of my palette and not to ignore the water stream was just not looking like one...oh God .. what do I do now?  Should I call it trash?...Should I just cut it into a smaller size ?...All these questions were relentlessly popping into my head.  I must say it was pretty stressful cause I really had high expectations from this painting. 

In order to overcome the stress I decided to put it away for a day or two.  In those days I reworked on my composition.  Was wanting to figure out how to accommodate the water stream.  I got "back" to my painting and this time with a fresh eye.
The changes I made were...
  • I discarded the purple shadows and kept the colors very harmonious with the rest of my palette.  I transformed the rocky/stony foreground into a beautiful lush green meadow...which gelled perfectly well with my foliage and the mountains.  
  • Next hurdle was the water stream...I could not discard that because the water stream was supposed to lead the viewer into my painting.  So I found a way to keep it.  I did make it a little narrow and transformed the gushing/running water into still water. 
"In the Valley" 18x24 oil on panel

And voila!...Target achieved. The end result was extremely satisfying.

A few things I learned in this process were..
  • Do not give up on a painting because you CAN turn it around if you try a little harder.
  • Most importantly, its OKAY to change the composition and the color palette from the original photograph in order to suit your needs...Use your artistic license liberally..hehe..

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you had a good read. Happy weekend and happy creating!
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Friday, September 9, 2011

On the Road


12 x 24 oil on panel
hi there, its been a long time since I posted a painting on my blog....sorry for the long wait.  I finished this painting a bout a week ago.  This is our very own ski mountain "Mt. Hood".  I am presently working on another painting can check my in-progress pictures on Facebook@RiaKrishnanFineArt

Saturday, August 20, 2011

By the Lake

24x24 oil on panel
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hi guys, Here is my new painting.  The inspiration for this painting was a photograph from my Vermont trip sometime last year in spring.  This beautiful house sits on the banks on Lake Champlain.  It was a beautiful scene that day.  I kinda revisited Vermont while painting this painting.  It was an awesome experience.  A 2 week journey (that's how long this project took) to Vermont :).  I love this feeling of going back in time, and reliving the wonderful moments.  I love my job! 
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Reminiscing Vermont

12 x 12 oil on panel

Hi everyone,  this painting is just off my easel.  We encountered this scene on a road trip to Vermont when we lived in upstate NY.  Its a wonderful scenic trip to take.  I'm working on a new painting currently which is also a snapshot of my Vermont memories.  I'm hoping to finish it soon.  Look at me, I have just started working on it.. ha!.  I get impatient once I start to see the finished painting.  Nevertheless I do enjoy the entire developing journey of my paintings.  Have a great day people and lets meet on Facebook

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Haystack

The Haystack
18 x 24 oil on panel
I just finished working on this painting.  It was a challenge.  I struggled with the water for days.  At times I even felt like I ruined the painting. but I was determined to turn it around and I think I did a good job.
This is second one in my Cannon beach series.  I hope to paint a few more.  Its called the Haystack because that's the name of the huge rock which is in focus in this painting.  Its a home for an abundance of wild life.  And not to forget it is a major tourist attraction in the Pacific NW.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Cannon Beach
18 x 24 oil on panel

Hello friends, I am glad this painting is finally off my easel.  This one has been a challenge.  It has transformed drastically form start to finish.  However, whatever be the challenge...I did enjoy every bit of it.  This is a view of the beach from Ecola State park.  
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Chickadee

12 x 12 oil on panel 

Hi everyone, This is fresh off my easel.  I don't have fancy vases, so i just used my toothbrush stand. :) .  I almost ruined this painting towards the finish.  I actually smudged wet paint from my hand on to the background.  I had to rework the entire background.  Thanks to oils.  Its such a forgiving medium, You can keep reworking as long as you are satisfied.  I'm sure if it was watercolors my painting would be ruined for sure.  Seriously thanks to oils.  I love this medium.  Hope you guys like my paintings.  Do follow me on Facebook if you find my work interesting. Follow me on Facebook 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011


18 x 24 inches
oil on panel

This painting was a challenge.  I was tremendously bogged down by the greens in this painting.  But I managed to pull through the finish of this painting.  I'm glad this is off my easel. yay! Thank you for visiting my blog.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cardinal and the Clay Pot

12 x 12 inches
oil on panel

Hello everyone.....I have finally finished this one. I struggled a ton with this one. This was the first time I was painting still life and that too with a bird in it.  It lingered on my easel the longest, but I'm happy that its finally done. yay!! 

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Lake George

 12 x 12 oil on panel

Hi folks...I got a little nostalgic about NY so decided to paint this one.  It is a view of Lake George, a gorgeous lake in upstate NY.  They have a lot of water sports here, its real fun!  My husband and I would visit this lake pretty often when we lived in upstate.  So, in memories of is a painting.  Have a nice day.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

From The Top

18 x 24 inches
oil on panel
Hi is my new painting which I finished last night.  This one took a real long time.  In fact I almost screwed it towards the finish....but fortunately managed to salvage it...ha!....This one is officially off of my easel now.  The scene I have painted is a view of the Columbia River Gorge, OR as see form a cliff (Vista House...Its one of the sight seeing view points in the area)  This is a beautiful place... and the bird's eye view from the cliff looks amazing.  I had been to this place sometime in Apr 2011 with my husband.  And here is the painting...yay!....Enjoy your visit on my blog.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Getting Stuck

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a painting?  I know that oils take long (days) to finish, especially if you are working on large studio pieces.  Do you feel at times that the painting is not coming around the way you expected.. Well, I know it happens to me at times.  I sometimes get so engrossed with my painting and the excitement that I sometimes tend to overwork.  Or at times for some strange reason the painting just doesn't appeal to me.  I get stuck to the extent that I feel I should start fresh all over again.  But the pain of preparing a new panel with gesso helps me gain the courage to get my so called "trash" painting back to life.  And I dread the trash like most other artists.  So what do I do to make things work.........
Here are a few things I resolve to at the dreaded "trash" times..
1.  Once I get bogged down by a painting, I take a break from it.   Step back and look at it with no expectations at all.
2.  I take a few pictures with my digital camera.  This helps me figure out the defects like choice of color, getting focus, depth etc.  I try to get a fresh perspective on my painting.  This does help.  At times you may even start to feel great about your painting.
3.  After having figured out the flaw areas, I try to work on them.
4.  In the worst case if I am just not happy with the painting, I just start a new painting in order to refresh my mind.  And then revisit my old painting in a couple days or so.
5.  Do not give up on any painting.  Try to finish every painting you start.  Cause you never know;  if not you, somebody else may like it.

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Multnomah Falls

18 x 24 inches
oil on panel

....And its finally complete..ha!  I guess I'll call it complete for now.  Will take a break from it for a few days and try to get a perspective.  But I think its safe to take it off my easel. Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Multnomah Falls - day 2

This is the progress so far i have made on this painting. So far so good.  Fingers crossed.  This is a scene from a place called the Multnomah Falls in Oregon.  Its undoubtedly a spectacular waterfall.  Shall keep you posted with the updates. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

WIP-Multnomah Falls


This is my WIP of my current paintng.  Sorry, missed out on taking pics of the initial stages....Shall remember to do that in future :)  And I am enjoying oils :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

My first ever Oil paintng

18x24 inches
oil on panel
hi folks!....i had disappeared from the blogging scene for a long time.  I was actually dabbling with oils.  This is my first ever oil painting.  I haven't titled it yet.  It was challenging; primarily because the medium was new for me and secondly because I had never worked on sized bigger than 11x15 ....ha! was quite a challenge for me.  Enjoy my new painting.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Guardians

15 x 11 inches
watercolor on 140lb paper

I am finally back with a painting for the New Year 2011.  This painting took the longest to finish.  I guess I'll call it done for now, though I'm sure I'll find ten more things to re work if I think about it :).   Also, I think I'm done with all my Vegas photos.  I was in awe of the amazing exotic architecture in that place. That justifies all the Vegas paintings.  Thats all for now.  Thank you for peeking!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Work in Progress

Firstly a very Happy New Year to all.  I haven't updated my blog since Christmas.  Its been a long break.  I thought I should therefore post my current painting in progress in order to keep my blog alive and for everyone to know that I'm still lingering around :)  Well this is the new painting I'm presently working on.  I haven't titled it yet.  This was a photograph that I took in Vegas outside a hotel called The Venetian. 
PS:  The photograph of my painting has been taken indoors under florescent light  and is therefore appearing brownish.Will make sure i take the next photo outdoors
Thats all for now.  thanks for peeking