Friday, March 12, 2010

Portrait of my Mother




Oil on Canvas : 19" x 20"

This is an Alla Prima portrait of my mother done from life. I agreee when they say that portrait painting requires a hell lot of patience. But I think, what they meant was the sitter's patience. The painter is anyways busy doing what he loves to do most .... paint.
This has been done on a 20" x 19" canvas taped to my drawing board. I had Whistler's composition at the back of my mind and even wanted to introduce a picture frame at the top left corner.
This was surely a most valuable learning experience. It took me around 6 hrs to complete this.
All comments, suggestions and corrections are most welcome.


Megha Chhatbar said...

I must and your mother both have lots of patience. A very beautiful painting of a beautiful soul-your mother. Fantastic use of colors and the backdrop is very nice! The folds in her sari are awesome painted!!!!

Sujit Sudhi said...

You've got guts. I wouldn't attempt any such thing for the next twenty years.

Great job on the handling and the likeliness is remarkable. I have no clue on what works for oil paintings ( as if I know a lot about watercolours :)) but this one is truly captivating. Well done.

Prabal said...

You are so great with oils.. Keep it up.

Vinayak said...

Thanks everyone! The original has a lot more contrast as compared to this photograph.

Jala Pfaff said...

This is wonderful.
I agree, it's very hard for the sitter.
I think adding in a painting (into the painting, so to speak!) would be very cool.

Rohit Kulkarni said...

the painting is very nice... "aai" sarkha subject attempt karna thoda adventurousach aahe... and you have done an amazing job... that blend of love, sterness(when needed), simplicity sagla chan depict kelaayahes... farach sundar :)

agree with Yala that adding some object to the left-top corner would add to the composition...

pc said...

whistler would be impressed too !
great work..

Vinayak said...

Thanks Rohit and pc. That was very kind of both of you.

sreenivasa ram makineedi said...

excellent, drapery could have been better.