KMP 19/100

Another attempt at finishing a 100 starts that I started way back in 2007.  There are still more than required details in this piece but I’m closer to getting it right. This start is based on a photo I’d taken of a couple on the beach in Mt Lavinia, Colombo.


Instructions pasted below for easy reference.

A “start” is defined as blocking in of the main colours on to your canvas. The finished “start” is supposed to look poster like with bold flat shapes and the advice is to paint the shapes of colours and not things. They’re supposed to look a bit abstract.

The instructions are
to make a small black & white line drawing on paper with a marker and separate the shadows from the light areas by filling it in solid black and then move on to a canvas
1. paint the lightest light
2. paint the darkest dark
3. paint the easiest colour – the one that comes straight from the tube without mixing
4. establish the shadow pattern
5. fill in the lights ( the darkest light has to be brighter than the lightest shadow colour)
6. move on to the next one.

These are on pieces of canvas with a painted area of approx. 10″ X 8″

KMP’s are skill building exercises advised by Kevin Macpherson in his book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color.  I started these in 2007 and am continuing with it in 2010.  If you want to know more about this set of exercises click here.


Vacant : Illustration Friday

Shades of Grey

Positions Vacant?  Unfortunately, this coming year this is going to be a well thumbed section in the newspapers.

The piece is titled “Shades of Grey” – don’t believe everything that you read in the newspapers.  As the first thought that came to mind when I saw the topic for the week was vacancies I couldnt resist using this.  : )

36″ X 30″ acrylic on canvas. Photo refs copyright Anil Advani.  Used with permission.


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Memories : Illustration Friday

At thirty

Some childhood memories are based on experience and others are imagined.  Looking at this picture of my mother holding me makes me feel that I remember the moment.  An unlikely event as I was less than a year old.  Even knowing this rationally does not make it seem any less real.


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Routine : Illustration Friday

market- wip

Friends and readers of this blog know that I’ve been trying to build painting into my daily routine for a while now.   The time I spend on the computer every day has prevented me from succeeding so far.  There’s an interesting article in NY Times “Wake Up. Wash Face. Do Routine. Now Paint.” about artists and their routines.  The Artists Way by Julia Cameron once helped me jumpstart daily art activity.  Then, it was in addition to attending art college and my class work.  I’m hoping that the book by Carol Lloyd, Creating a Life Worth Living and delaying the acquisition of a MacBook (currently in the process of selling my PowerBook) will help me achieve my objective.

Started this earlier today.  30″ X 36″ Acrylic on Canvas. WIP.  Photo ref copyright Manu.  Used with permission.  You can see the earlier smaller piece made using the same ref here.


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Wanting to be painterly

The Chanachur Man - wip

Thinking and trying not to get caught up in trying to get all the details.  Trying to be free and painterly and even if I’m not there yet it’s been fun.

I know I’ve given the men in the background oversized heads but didnt feel like correcting it. Marked as wip as it doesnt feel done yet. I’m going to sleep on it and look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.  Do you see anything that needs changing?

Here’s a sepia version put up because it looked nice. Maybe I’ll do one in brown tones 😀

The Chanachur man - wip - sepia

Trading ATC’s

my first atc

My first portrait swaps were for the Annual Portrait Exchange over at WetCanvas! and I learned from and enjoyed the experience. Then there was The Portrait Party blog where I found the quick exchanges exciting and refreshing. Recently I joined Bearuh girl’s Monday Artday ATC exchange network and decided to combine the two 😀 And Mellanie agreed to both. This is my first ATC and you can also see the swap at the Portrait Party blog.

Acrylics were used because of the earlier experience of painting the Altoid tin cover. Problems of painting in that size had been forgotten and secondly getting a likeness had not been important then. It was quite difficult to control the brush in the 2.5″ X 3.5″ space. And getting a likeness successfully evaded me. Several smaller sized brushes should’ve been kept handy or at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! I have a new respect for all those artists who made miniatures!! Mellanie has been very sporting and has accepted the results. Cant wait to get a hold of the beautiful one I will get in exchange. Here’s a preview and you can read more about it on Mellanie’s blog, See.Draw.Share.

A couple of facts about these tiny art cards. ATC is the name used when they are traded and ACEO when they are put up for sale. These cards can be of at least 3 varieties – originals, limited edition prints and prints. The ones we are exchanging are original ATC’s. It’s been a great experience. Mellanie has started trading in earnest and I’m sure I’ll be trying out more soon.

Monday Artday ATC is a place for Artists to trade cards. Do visit to see what it’s all about.

Fierce : Illustration Friday

Fierce or menacing? You choose.

pen & ink

pen & ink (ballpoint) in my sketchbook.

photo ref copyright Anil Advani. used with permission.


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Frida Kahlo

a portrait of kahlo

I’ve been a fan of Frida Kahlo for a while but Diego Riviera’s work appeals to me more – for the subject matter and style.

Frida Kahlo 8″ X 10″ Mixed Media on Illustration board

Kamranga – Star Fruit – KMP 13/100


Based on image taken on a ferry ride to the point where the rivers Padma and Jamuna meet. I found the bright yellow colours of the Kamranga fruit [ aka carambola, coromandel gooseberry or five finger ] in the little boys basket delightful. Adding this to the the KMP starts that I’m working on.

10″ X 12″ Acrylic on illustration board

KMP’s are skill building exercises advised by Kevin Macpherson in his book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color. I started these in 2007 and am continuing with it in 2010. If you want to know more about this set of exercises click here.

Mixed Media

When it is finished it’ll qualify for the title given to this post. So far it is in acrylics and today I plan to add oil paints to it. I’ve added a couple of layers of wash to the background and to the two male figures in it to make that part of the painting recede. Looks like a lot more of something is required before that happens. Any suggestions? Plan to add some texture to the woman in the middle to make sure that she is the focus of the painting.


Update : Later in the day 😀 : one more wip. this time the layer with oil and two options using layers in art rage to make the background recede.

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Update : Feb 7, 2008 : This is the first piece in which I’ve used both acrylics and oil. Though I’d used acrylics to tone the canvas before starting in oil, it had never crossed my mind to make a more complete painting in acrylic and then add oil until Bob Martin suggested it. He helped me immensely by making a demo and posting a step-by-step to illustrate his process. I have to thank him for this piece. You can see the final version here.