Paintings for Happy Homes

The first time I took Oil Painting classes was in a small town in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas in India. There was uncertainty in the province and our annual exams were postponed indefinitely. To make the most of the ample time available at hand, my parents enrolled me in to painting classes. Two of my close friends also joined. We would cycle to the painting teacher’s house together. There was a huge rectangular room where small tables were placed all along the periphery. The teacher was a young lady in her twenties with a year old baby whom she would put to sleep while she took classes.

The first day we had to draw horizontal and vertical lines free-hand on paper with pen or pencil. She explained all about oil paintings – how oil paintings last a long time, and retain their colour, why the supplies ae expensive, and that once the painting is dry we can paint even white over dark Then we had to decide which painting we wanted to paint first – Landscape, Floral, Still Life, or Portrait. Once each student decided on the genre the teacher passed around many painting reference photos and asked the students to pick a particular painting. She gave us a list of supplies that we were supposed to bring the next day. The size of the hardboard was suggested. This included the Hardboard of the suggested size to be bought from the hardware store, turpentine oil, linseed oil, colours, brushes, a palette, and rag for cleaning.

Next day armed with all the stuff we reached our class at 4 PM. The class used to be from 4P to 6PM six days a week at vey nominal fee.10 to 12 of us would be painting there each day with the instructor giving us directions periodically. She taught us how to make new colours from the 12 colours in the pack. I run out to Titanium White within the first few days. I realised that while painting white colour is used most. So I bought a big tube of titanium white.I painted the following three paintings 38 years ago in mid-teens in three months of coaching whereas both my friends were able to complete only two painting.

My first oil painting

My second oil painting

My third oil painting

None of these was a floral painting, the genre which I have been pursuing since 2011. In the past 11 years, I have painted 100s os paintings. I gifted them in initial years, As my skill improved, my paintings started selling. In 2018 I set up this wordpress site to protect the copy right of my paintings. 10 years ago I had done research social media marketing and came to know that if I put my paintings on Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram then that company gets the copyright. So I upload the painting on WordPress and after that share on social media. I have integrated the social media and developed an order in which each post or page is shared.

My paintings adorn the Happy Homes of relatives, friends and generous patrons.

A Basket of Roses

Ever since I saw this painting in the National Gallery, London, I have been wanting to paint it. It is my tribute to the great artist Henri Fantin-Latour whose flower paintings are a treat to watch.

A Basket of Roses (8H X 12W in) Ode to Fantin
A Basket of Roses

There have been Dutch and Flemish old masters whose floral paintings too, adorn museums around the world. Van Huysum, Heade and Jan Bruguel are some of the famous old masters who created realistic paintings of flowers and were patronised by the high and mighty of their times. The vases with flowers of various seasons combined together on mostly marble table tops are the highlight of their paintings.

My personal liking is for Fantin’s paintings. The compositions, lighting and realism are all eye catching.

A Basket of Roses has pink, red, yellow, white and peach roses, all put together in a basket in an attractive manner. The roses toppled over on the table create a flow in the painting. While painting, I realised how many leaves were there along with the roses.

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Still Life painting of teapot and plums by navdeep Kular

Painterly Plums

While shopping at supermarket, I look at shapes and colours of fruits. At the back of my mind, I usually think what will look good in a painting. I appreciate the glow that light generates and try to recognise shapes and patterns of different colours on the objects.

This time around, I liked the colour of plums varying from yellowish orange to red, maroon and deep purple. I picked up plums of different colours and thought that they would look good in a painting.

Then I was roaming around the house looking for other components in the composition. After painting couple of Teapot and Grapes paintings, teapot was foremost in my mind. I tried various arrangements of plums around the teapot and finally settled in for this version and painted it.

Still Life painting of teapot and plums by navdeep Kular

Still Life with Teapot and Plums

I was still not done with painting plums. The fascination with metallic objects led to this carafe for its shiny reflective surface to paint with the plums. To create movement in the painting, I rolled over two plums from the plate. I liked the garland formed by actual and virtual plums. This is what ‘Still life with Carafe and Plums’ look like.

still life oil painting of carafe and plums with the reflection of plums in the metallic surface of carafe

Still Life with Carafe and Plums

This is how the two paintings put together look.

You can view my other still life paintings here.

Hope you enjoy viewing these paintings as much as I have while painting them!

still life with teapot and re grapes by Navdeep Kular

Still Life with Teapot and Grapes

My fascination with colours and shapes have prompted me to explore different subjects. Here is my attempt to paint a teapot and grapes.

still life with teapot and re grapes by Navdeep Kular

Still Life with Teapot and Grapes 1

And a sequel to this painting.

still life with teapot and red grapes oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Still Life with Teapot and Grapes 2

This is how the two paintings put together look.

You can view my other still life paintings here.

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still life oil painting of lemons in a blue plate

Original Oil Paintings: Still Life with Lemons

Painting from life shows up so many colours and brings new insights in the work which are usually missing in paintings from photographs. I have tried my hand at the following lemon paintings.

The lemons have been painted using lemon, cadmium and ochre yellow. Looking down on the lemons placed in a plate with sunlight casting bright shadows of lemons and plate, I tried figuring out the colours.

Next, I placed the lemons in a glass bowl. This is my first painting of a glass bowl. In retrospect, I think I should have placed more emphasis on drawing a  proper ellipse of the rim before painting. At some places the colour of the glass bowl seemed closer to sap green, at other places it seemed to have a bluish and greyish tinge. One lemon appeared to be more greener, other one had more darker colour due to shadows falling on it.

Lemon Tea is the next painting in this sequence of lemon paintings. This has another first, my first teacup and saucer painting. The golden base of the teacup was painted using cadmium yellow, blue, white and red.This painting is also a study of the primaries with cherries added to it.

Lemon and a Creamer gave me the opportunity to observe the colours in a white creamer. How the yellows, blues and reds in small quantities added to the white make the shape of rounded objects evident. The handle of the creamer was casting a shadow on it. The painted flowers on the creamer were lightened by the sunlight.

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Snowclad Himalayan Range oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Himalayan Landscape Oil Painting

Snowclad Himalayan Range oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Himalayan Landscape

Himalayas are home to some of the highest and most picturesque mountain peaks in the world. These mighty mountains have been the source of inspiration for many writers, artists, mountaineers, and leaders from around the world. Himalayas have been the abode of many saints and rishis. The beauty and serenity of its mountain ranges is unmatched in the world. The altitude of Himalayas tests the endurance of human beings.

Himalayan landscape is an original oil painting depicting the serene snow clad peaks of the majestic Himalayas. The water gushing down these mighty peaks creates a music of its own. The water picks up the colour of mountains, rocks, foliage, sky and sand as it makes its way forward. The sunlight plays hide and seek on the grasslands and sandy patches next to the water. I particularly liked depiction of melting ice and variety of earthy tones in this painting.

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Wildflowers oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Floral Landscape Oil Paintings

The following floral landscape paintings are the result of beautiful reference pictures. The colourful paintings are sure to uplift your mood and bring nature indoors.

Wildflowers oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Floral Landscape 1

The joy of painting one floral landscape was not enough for me to forgo it. So here comes another one. There is fine balance between the warm and cool colours in these oil paintings.

Wildflowers oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Floral Landscape 2

I thoroughly enjoyed painting wildflowers in impressionistic manner. I sometimes wonder whether I should have blurred the edges of the distance mountains to push them back a bit.

This is how the two paintings put together look.


I hope you enjoy viewing these paintings as much as I have while painting them.

Impressionist tulip fields oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Tulip Fields Landscape Oil Painting

Impressionist tulip fields oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Tulip Fields

Oil on Canvas

11H x 14W

Tulip fields have been painted in an impressionistic manner in this painting. The colourful tulip beds seem to merge into the horizon. The giant windmill and country cottages provide a backdrop to floral fields. I am grateful to dear aunt for sending me a reference photograph that served as an inspiration for this painting.

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landscape oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Landscape Paintings

The urge to create more depth in the paintings has led me to explore landscape oil paintings. The love for flowers has mainly restricted me to floral landscapes.

Impressionist mountains landscape oil painting with wildflowers and morning mist by Navdeep Kular

Morning Mist

I am enjoying bold brushstrokes in impressionistic manner. Morning mist shows wildflowers against the backdrop o many mountain ranges merging into a horizon beyond. Valley of Flowers is a sequel to this painting.

landscape oil painting of wildflowers in mountain valley by Navdeep Kular

Valley of Flowers

Valley of flowers too depicts wildflowers in a mountain valley. Many mountain ranges have been painted in different colours in the backdrop with the effect of sun shining. The sky is dramatic with strong rays on the right and dark crimson on the left. T am particularly happy with the way rocks have been painted.

landscape oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Heaven on Earth

Two were not enough for me. So I painted this another one. Heaven on Earth depicts the beauty of nature. The mountain ranges with different types of trees and landscape have been painted in various colours and texture. The clouds fill the sky as well as cross over the mountain range. The effect is reflected in the lake. The rocky surface is blooming wildflowers.

This is how the three paintings put together look.

You can have a look at all the landscapes.

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floral painting Pink Peonies oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Pink Peonies


Pink Peonies oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Pink Peonies

There are still more peony paintings on the way. A card given by a dear cousin served as reference picture for this peony painting. The dark leaves and colour of the vase provide ample contrast to the peonies. Another highlight of the painting is the yellow colour shining through pink petals.

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Daffodils Oil Painting by Navdeep Kular

Daffodils in a Blue Jug

Springtime gives an opportunity to paint different flowers. Mother earth is decorated with flowers of various colours, textures and sheens. I have been busy soaking in as much beauty of nature as possible. Spent the time admiring flowers and foliage. The different shapes and colours of leaves too intrigue me. The flowering trees add their own persona to the landscape. Tried to capture as many pictures as possible. Many memories of beautiful landscapes are embedded deep in the mind. They periodically come out in the form of paintings. I wanted to paint a blue jug and thought daffodils would go well with it. So here is the end result.

Daffodils Oil Painting by Navdeep Kular


Placed the composition by the window side on a wooden cabinet. Mixed ultramarine blue with crimson lake to paint the shadow side of the jug. For the base added a little bit of cobalt blue. With highlights and shine on the jug was able to define its roundness. Experimented with a few colours for the wooden cabinet and ultimately settled with the present one. Painted the lacy mat underneath the jug. The dark background compliments the light flowers.

Named this painting Serenity. Hope you like it.

floral painting Pink peonies in a vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies in a Vase

Pink peonies in a vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies in a Vase

The beauty of peonies prompts me to paint these flowers again and again. A card given by a dear cousin was an inspiration for this painting. The challenge was to make the peonies stand out on a light background. In the end, I was able to illustrate the volume of numerous petals of peonies. I like the fluffiness of peonies, the roundness of vase and the sharp front edge of table in this painting. The shadows of the leaves lift them in the air. The cool colour palette of the foreground and middle ground has been contrasted with a tinge of yellow in the background.

Peonies in a Vase

Oil on Canvas

11 X 14

Oil Painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies and Blue Vases Oil Painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies and the Blues

Painting is a skill in which finesse comes only through practice and hard work. It is an intrinsic knowledge which gets embedded deep inside as one progresses on the learning curve. Elementary knowledge can be gained through secondary sources regarding the tools and techniques of oil painting but the learning comes only by doing it. What colours to use, what amount to mix, which medium to add, how to apply colours, which brushes to use, impact and direction of brushstrokes; one gets better and better at it through each painting.

As I was painting flowers in a vase, I realised how much I enjoyed painting the vase. The idea to paint more than one vase in a single painting occurred at that point of time. That is how the following two paintings came into being.

Peonies and Blue Vases oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies and the Blues 1

I wanted to mix the blues and experiment with different shapes of the vases. These paintings gave me ample opportunity to do so. Cobalt, ultramarine, Prussian blue were mixed with viridian hue, lemon yellow and titanium white for various vases. It was fun to paint the highlights on the vases. Once the vases were painted, I felt like painting some flowers in them. So added the peonies in one of the vases in each painting.

Peonies and Blue Vases Oil Painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies and the Blues 2

The colour of the background is in contrast to those of the vases. The table and the background were painted using the same three colours i.e. crimson lake, ultramarine blue and cadmium yellow. How  the ratio of the colours in the mix can yield a vastly different end result is apparent from this study.

This is how the two paintings put together side by side look.

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floral painting Roses, Tulips and Daffodils in a Glass Vase (22H X 15W in) oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Roses, Tulips and Daffodils in a Glass Vase


Roses, tulips and daffodils have been painted in a glass vase. The two images above show how an oil painting can be transformed. More depth has been added in the painting using various tones, tints, values and hues to depict the lit and shadow areas of flowers.

The shape of some flowers has been varied to incorporate the three dimensional effect. Two of the poppies in the original painting have been transformed into tulips. The foliage has been redone. The whites of the daisies have many more colours now.

The vase has been placed on a table. The transparent glass vase and the dark wood table provide a contrast in the painting. The background colour has been changed. The colour of the table and the background is visible through the glass vase. All this has resulted in a vibrant painting.

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floral painting Peonies in a Turquoise Vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies in a Turquoise Vase

Peonies in a Turquoise Vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies in a Turquoise Vase

Oil on Canvas (14H X 11W)

Peonies with their multiple petals are fun to paint. Painting one turquoise vase was not enough for me, so I painted these peonies in one.

Peonies in a Turquoise Vase is an original oil painting. Peonies have been placed in such a manner that each flower is tilted at a different angle. Dark wood table contrasts the light background.

The mixing of crimson lake, ultramarine blue and cadmium yellow leads to many colours and I keep experimenting with them. The different wood colours ranging from yellowish to fawn to light brown to blackish brown, can all be obtained by the use of primary colours. Also painting the shadows is as much fun as painting the highlights. The variation of values in the shadows leads to three dimensional effect. The negative painting sharpens the edges.

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