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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Peony Garden 1 original oil painting by Navdeep Kular (11H X 14W)

Peony Garden

While walking down the street one day in Halifax, I noticed white peonies blooming in all their glory. The landscape was so beautiful that I kept on admiring it for a while. The urge to capture the moment overtook me. The source pictures resulted in the following two paintings.

Peony Garden 1 original oil painting by Navdeep Kular (11H X 14W)

Peony Garden 1

Peony Garden 2 original oil painting by Navdeep Kular (11H X 14W)

Peony Garden 2

I am indebted to family and friends who fulfil my requests for taking pictures of flowers all the time. The pictures of flowers serve as useful study material. The paintings are never the exact replica of photographs.

I always wonder at the diversity of flora and fauna. How best things in nature are there for all of us to see and appreciate. In the humdrum of daily life, we are always short of time to take a pause and soak it all in.

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Peonies and Roses in a Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies and Roses in a Vase

 

Peonies and Roses in a Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peonies and Roses in a Vase

Flowers from special occasion always prompt me to record them in the form of an oil painting. These flowers are from a grand reception party. The bouquets were heavenly with rose buds and pink peonies arranged in a pleasing manner. I kept on admiring the flowers the entire evening. While the guests were saying their goodbyes, I was going around the tables and clicking as many angles as possible of elegant bouquets placed as centrepieces.

After months, I sat down to paint the reception  bouquet. The painting is not exact replica of that flower arrangement. In the reception bouquet, the vases were barely visible on the tables as the foliage was almost touching the table. As I have been painting vases in the recent past, in my eagerness to paint the vase, I have lifted the bouquet up a bit.

This painting has turned out to be a bright one with the darkest darks placed against the lightest lights.

Yellow Roses in a Crystal Vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Yellow Roses in a Crystal Vase

Yellow Roses in a Crystal Vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Yellow Roses in a Crystal Vase

It is always fun to experiment with colours. After painting red, pink, white and peach roses, here is an attempt to paint yellow roses.

Various yellows such as ochre, chrome, cadmium and lemon have been used with mixes of reds, blues and whites to paint the roses. The supporting flowers compliment the yellow roses. The light shining on the crystal vase shows its edges.

The burnt umber background makes the flowers glow. The direction of the brushstrokes make evident the fall of the table cloth at the edge of the table. Few flowers have been placed on the table to balance out the top heavy composition.

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Pink Roses in a Crystal Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Pink Roses in a Crystal Vase

Pink Roses in a Crystal Vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Pink Roses in a Crystal Vase

Pink Roses in a Crystal Vase is an original oil painting. The magic of RYB has helped me mix numerous colours which have been used in this painting.

The crystal vase is placed on a wooden oval table. The edges of the table and those of the window sill and the boundary wall provide depth to the painting. Grey clouds are visible in the sky outside. The dark curtain provides a backdrop to the flower arrangement. The light and shadows on the vase along with the stems of the flowers give vase its shape and character.

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Poppies in my Garden 2 original oil painting by Navdeep Kular (18H X 12W in)

Poppies in my Garden

 

Poppies in my Garden 2 original oil painting by Navdeep Kular (18H X 12W in)

Poppies in my Garden 2

How individual flowers have a character, personality and aroma of their own? The folding and unfolding of petals, covered and exposed stamens and tilting of heads of few flowers. Poppies in my Garden 2 is an attempt to explore these differences and depict them through a medium of oil painting.

Poppies in my Garden 2 is a sequel to the previous poppy painting. Both oil paintings have five flowers in them. The shape of the flowers is different in this sequel and they  have been painted from a different angle. The stems are more visible. The buds add drama to the composition. The white and red flowers in the background add the required depth to the painting. There is more light on the flowers that is causing the stamens to be white in colour as compared to yellowish ones in the previous painting.

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Peach Roses in a Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peach Roses in a Blue Vase

Peach Roses in a Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peach Roses in a Vase

Peach Roses in a Blue Vase is an original oil painting. Creative work is a source of immense joy and satisfaction.

The sharp front edge and softened rear edge of the wooden table provide depth to the painting. The shapes and colours visible on the vase intrigued me while painting. The reds, yellows and whites were used with blues for painting the vase. The colour palette started from titanium white and lemon yellow on one hand to crimson lake, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and ivory black on the other side. The backdrop of this painting is unique. The flowers seem to be in symphony with the background.

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Red hot poppies original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Poppies in my Garden

 

Red hot poppies oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Poppies in my Garden 1

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The papery petals of poppies change colour as they reflect light. Pictures from the garden served as useful guide for this painting. Poppies with few their petals present an opportunity to  any artist learning to paint flowers. As skill level enhances, more and more layers of petals can be added.

Poppies in my Garden 1 is an original oil painting. It is a bright painting of five poppy flowers. I particularly like this painting because of the orange shine on the petals caused by sunlight. It also has well defined stamens in the lighted area. Another highlight of this oil painting is the background white and red flowers that give depth to the painting. The shades of blue on the lower right hand side depict shadows caused by the flowers.

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Pink Roses in a Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Pink Roses in a Vase

 

Pink Roses in a Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Pink Roses in a Vase is an original oil painting. Pink roses are arranged in a circular formation in a round vase.

It was fun painting a light wooden table top. The sharp front edge and the softened rear edge flatten the table.  The shape and colour of the vase is different from my previous paintings. The impact of light shining on the vase is depicted through bold brushstrokes. Pink roses illuminate against a textured dark backdrop. I am amazed at the number of colours one can generate with the use of primary colours.

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Tulips in a Crystal Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Tulips in a Crystal Vase

Tulips in a Crystal Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Tulips in a Crystal Vase is an original oil painting. A triangular crystal vase has been painted in this composition, although only one face is visible.  As the crystal objects have numerous edges, these shine with different intensity as the light falls on them. An attempt has been made to capture this property of the material. The window shows view outside and creates depth in the painting. Tulips merrily swing to the sides. The green foliage provides a contrast to the flowers. The same is the effect of crystal vase on a dark table top.

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Sunflowers in a Blue Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Sunflowers in a Blue Vase

Sunflowers in a Blue Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Sunflowers in a Blue Vase

Sunflowers in a Blue Vase is an original oil painting. The bright, cheerful disposition of sunflowers brings sunshine in our lives.

I have experimented with mixes of cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, viridian hue, crimson lake and titanium white in this painting. All the yellows; lemon, ochre, chrome and cadmium along with tinges of reds and whites have been used for the flowers.

I hope viewing this painting brings sunshine in your life!

Red Flowers in a Vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Red Flowers in a Vase

 

Red Flowers in a Vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Red Flowers in a Vase

Red flowers in a vase is an original oil painting. The mirror on the wall shows the reflection of the flowers.

Red flowers are multi layered with some facing the front, others sideways, some hanging down and a few upright. The view outside has been painted in cool colours. Trees are visible at a distance. The folds in yellow curtain have been accentuated with the use of dark colours.

The oval edge of the table is visible through the lace table cloth. The light from the window shines on the intricate lace tablecloth. The dark flooring is complementary to the white drape of the table. White flowers bloom in the potted plants.

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Daffodils in a Blue Vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Daffodils in a Vase

This is the story of transformation of Daffodils painting. As I painted more and more, I began to notice many things in this particular painting that needed fixing. This is how the transformation of daffodils started.

The difference in the two paintings is obvious. More depth was added to all the flowers in the painting. The transformed painting has very little pure white in the white daffodils. Yellows and reds were added on the light side and blues and violets were added to the whites on the darker side. Titanium white, flake white and zinc white with their different properties were used for various flowers. Zinc white was used on translucent petals. Flake white was used on the thick petals. For the yellow daffodils, mixes of cadmium yellow, chrome yellow and lemon yellow with other colours were used.

The edges of the petals have lighter colour which gradually get darker towards the centre. The hollows of the centres are of deeper colour with the rims having different hues on the light and shadow side. As a result, the centres of the daffodils became more prominent.

Next, more layers of petals were added to the blue flowers. The leaves and the background was touched upon. The shape of the vase was rounded. The light side was made blue and violet was added to the shadow side. Light shining on the vase was depicted with a white brushstroke on the vase. This added more roundness to the vase.

Learning from this exercise was that review and reflection always leads to results.

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White orchids in a vase original oil painting by Navdeep Kular

White Orchids in a Vase

The orchids have been arranged in an appealing composition in this oil painting. The tinges of red, yellow and blue in the white orchids give them the depth and make them pop forward from the light background. The dark centres of the orchids have touches of crimson lake and cadmium yellow. The pink flowers go well with the white orchids.

White orchids in a vase oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Orchids in a Vase

The dark vase on the wooden table with leaves hanging around provide a contrast to the white flowers. The shades of the wood were formed by mixing reds, blues and yellows. The light and the dark areas are depicted by mixes of these three primary colours. The wooden table formed the basis of many subsequent paintings. The rim of the vase is highlighted to show the light shining on it. The shadow of the vase is falling forward on the table.

Hope you have as much joy viewing the painting as I had while creating it!

Chrysanthemums in a Ceramic Vase (18H X 12W in) Ode to Fantin

Chrysanthemums in a Ceramic Vase

After painting roses for days together, I was looking for a different flower to paint. I came across a painting by  Henri Fantin-Latour of chrysanthemums in yellow colour. I instantly liked the bright yellow flowers and the composition of the painting. I felt like painting bright yellow chrysanthemums after pale roses for weeks. That is how the decision to paint chrysanthemums was made.

Chrysanthemums in a Ceramic Vase (18H X 12W in) Ode to Fantin

Chrysanthemums in a Ceramic Vase

This is how the painting has turned out. The layers of petals of the flowers took time to paint. Various mixes of cadmium, lemon and ochre yellow with tinges of reds, blues and whites were used to get the various values, hues, tints, tones and shades of flowers. The more I painted, the more I appreciated the great artist’s brushstrokes and nuances in the rendition. I changed the background from the original and added more texture to it. Also the blue  painting on the ceramic vase is different.

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