Still Life with Cherries

For a while I have thinking about painting cherries. Following are some of the compositions with cherries that I have painted. Some of the cherries have toppled over the bowls and create movement in the paintings.

Still life oil painting of cherries in a glass bowl

Cherries in a Glass Bowl

For the darkest cherries, I used crimson, vermillion and a bit of ultramarine blue. For the brightest parts vermillion was mixed with cadmium yellow and white. For highlights white and lemon yellow were added to the reds.

Still life oil painting of cherries in a blue bowl

Cherries in a Blue Bowl

The blue bowl was painted using cobalt blue and later on the flowers were added.

Still life painting of cherries

Cherries in a Bone China Bowl

The white bowl was painted by adding lemon yellow to white for the lighted part and bit of crimson and ultramarine to titanium white for the shaded parts.

Still life painting of cherries

Cherries on a Plate

The shaded parts in and around the plate give it its shape. This is how the four paintings put together look.

You can view my other still life paintings here.

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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 painting. This has another first, my first teacup and sauces 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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Himalayan landscape oil painting by Navdeep Kular

The Dhauladhars

Himalayan landscape oil painting by Navdeep Kular

The Dhauladhars

The Dhauladhar is a Himalayan mountain range which can be viewed from the province of Himachal Pradesh is India. “Dhaula” literally means white in Hindi. That is the reason why this range of snow clad mountains has been named Dhauladhar.

With this painting of Dhauladhars, I have tried my hand at landscape painting after decades. To be precise, my previous landscapes have actually been seascapes. So, this is the first green landscape to be painted after a foray into flower paintings.

The Dhauladhars with snow clad mountain range and its reflection in the lake is an original oil painting. My style is changing from realism to impressionism and I am discovering new colours on my palette. I enjoyed painting the lighted side of mountains with little lemon yellow mixed in titanium white. I also enjoyed mixing bits of greys, blues and violet in white to depict the shadow side of snow clad peaks. The winding mountain path disappearing into the forest takes the gaze towards the forest.

Hope you enjoy this sneak peek into the majestic Himalayas!

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.

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 original peonies painting by Navdeep Kular

Celebratory Peonies – A Fine Art Oil Painting by Navdeep Kular

original peonies painting by Navdeep Kular

Celebratory Peonies

 

After painting many small peony paintings, I was still not done with the peonies. As a result Celebratory Peonies came into being. I have put together peonies of many colours and sizes in this painting. The flowers and buds have been placed at varying angles. I love flowers popping out against a dark background in this painting. I have added many buds; closed and semi open in this painting along with the flowers which serve as eye magnets.

Oil on Canvas

18H x 24W

Peonies oil painting by Navdeep Kular

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floral painting peonies oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peony Love

peonies oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Peony Love

 

Oil on Canvas

10H x 8H

Original peonies oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Another peony painting. I am always enamoured by the beauty and scent of peonies. Peony Love is an original oil painting in vibrant colours. It is an attempt to capture the beauty of these gorgeous flowers.

  

Cherry orchard in spring oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Path to Eternity

Cherry orchard in spring oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Path to Eternity

Oil on Canvas

11H x 14W

Cherry orchard in blossom oil painting by Navdeep Kular

Spring time rejuvenates the mind, body and soul. It breathes life into nature all around us. It is symbolic of newness and fresh beginnings. The freshness and fragrance of spring is hard to miss.

Path to eternity is an ode to melodies of spring through the medium of oil painting. It is an original oil painting with compelling composition of a path in a cherry blossom orchard. The newly sprouted flowers on the cherry trees add colour and life in the painting. The grass in the light and shade contrast the pink and white flowers. The arched pathway adorned with fallen petals which prompts the viewer to look through it towards the horizon is the highlight of the painting.

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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

Serenity

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.

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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