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Aerial Perspective

6 Ways to Achieve Aerial Perspective in Painting

Want to add a feeling of distance in your paintings? We can use the principles of aerial perspective to do that. Here are the 6 aerial/atmospheric perspective phenomena that occur in nature.

As the distance increases,

1. Colors become lighter and closer to sky color
2. We see fewer details in objects
3. Edges become blurred
4. Value Contrast reduces 
5. Size of objects reduces
6. Overall values become lighter

The video below shows how I use these in a painting.  So, next time you want to suggest depth or distance in your paintings, use these things to your advantage.

Happy Painting, 

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Oil Painting Surfaces

Oil Painting Surfaces Video Mandar Marathe

In today’s video, I talk about various Oil Painting Surfaces that you can use to create your artwork.

So, if you paint with oil colors or are considering it, this video is for you. 

These surfaces can be broadly classified into three categories, fabric, hard surfaces and paper. Each category of surfaces has many variants that offer different advantages and disadvantages.

Watch the video to know more.   

Happy Painting,


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A farm near Mulshi – Oil painting demo video

Oil Painting Demo - Farm near Mulshi

Here is another oil painting demo that I recorded last week. It is a video recording of my steps in painting a landscape titled “A farm near Mulshi”.

I have removed the audio and sped up the video to make it small enough to upload to YouTube easily. I’ll be releasing the full 1-hour version with my commentary in a few days. Till then, enjoy this 2-minute video of my painting process.

Keep painting!


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Moonlight – Oil painting demo video

Oil Painting Demo - Moonlight

Here is the oil painting demo video I talked about last week.

If you have any queries about this, please let me know in the comments section or write to me using the form here.

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Digital Oil Painting demo

Evening Drama - Oil Painting done in Artrage App on iPad
Happy Friday!

In this blog post, I am happy to share a Digital Oil Painting demo. I have used Artrage on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil for this painting.

Complete painting took me about an hour but I have sped up the video for a better viewing experience. So, sit back, enjoy the video but do not forget to paint something yourself this weekend.

This video is a part of my complete landscape painting course in real oil colors titled “Landscape Painting using oil colors”.

Keep making art,

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Benefits Of Daily Painting

Landscape painting of distant mountains and river water flowing through sandy banks.

I try painting a new painting daily and each one is a great learning experience.

After I started painting small and almost daily, I came to know about “a painting a day” movement and it appealed to me. Here are a few reasons for that. 

*** See My Daily Paintings Here ***

Abstract painting painted mainly in purple and white colors suggesting reflections of lights on a seashore.

 Pushing the envelope, 6 x 8, oil on canvas

1. Available Time

I started painting small when I was still in a full-time job in IT industry. So I only had weekends to paint. Coming back to a half-done painting was not so appealing and so painting small was a better option.

2. Inspiration

I was inspired by the “a painting a day” movement which was started by artist Duane Keiser. It appealed to me as I would potentially have a finished painting at the end of each day I got to paint.

3. Easy to store

At that time I did not have a dedicated studio for painting and so painting small was more realistic than painting big canvases.

Still Life painting showing top view of three pieces of freshly cut sapodilla and their shadows on a grey background.

Tropical Sapodilla, 6 x 8, oil on canvas

4. Less mental involvement

If I mess up a big canvas I feel worse than when I mess up a small canvas. Mistakes happen and then you need to either wipe the canvas or totally throw it away. It’s all less painful with smaller canvases.

5. Experimentation

The initial investment in the canvas, paints and time is small for small paintings and so I feel more willing to experiment with them and try new ways of working. Experimentation is the key to artistic growth.

6. Easy to sell

It is easy for art buyers to buy smaller paintings due to their smaller price tag.

7. They are bought as gifts

Small paintings are easy to give as gifts to friends, family, clients and so on due to an affordable price tag.  This results in more sales and who doesn’t like that?

Landscape painting of distant mountains and river water flowing through sandy banks.

River Kosi, 6 x 8, oil on canvas

8. Easy to ship

Small paintings can be easily shipped in an envelope. Shipping charges are also more affordable. 

If any of these reasons resonate with you, start painting small, more often and see if it’s right for you.
To get some inspiration, see my Daily Paintings here

Happy Painting!

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grissaille painting layer

An artist has to overcome various challenges when he or she wants to paint a good painting. The drawing should be right, the composition has to be appealing, the colors should be right and values of the colors should be right too and these are just a few of the many such things. In this post, let’s see how one of these challenges can be tackled.

Grisaille layer of painting
Grisaille layer of painting

Many beginner artists have a common problem when they start out. They can draw well, but when they paint over it, everything seems to go wrong. That’s because they are trying to overcome two challenges at the same time. They have to get the value of the color right and the color itself right.

There is an age-old and easy way to overcome these challenges, one at a time. “Divide and rule” method works great here too. That method is called “Grisaille” method.

Grisaille is the name given to a monochromatic painting done typically with a near neutral (grey) color. It is more popular in figure painting, portrait painting and also as a cheaper alternative to 3-dimensional sculpture. Though this method acts as a stepping stone for painting with colors, the monochrome paintings also have a charm of their own.

Let’s look at the two steps of painting a colored painting using grisaille method.

Step 1: Grisaille layer

Here, the artist is concerned only about getting the values right. It is easier to achieve that when you paint with just one color.  As we know, getting the value right is very important for showing the form. Value is the parameter which gives the feel of 3rd dimension to a 2D painting.

Before applying other colors, this layer of painting is allowed to dry completely. If you paint with oil colors, this can take few days but if you use acrylic colors, you only need few minutes.

Step 2: Adding Colors

The next step is to get the color right. To achieve that, artist mixes the color for each area in the painting, matches it’s value to the relevant area in the grisaille layer and then applies it to that area. This way, the artist has a perfect way to get the right values of the colors.

Sometimes even a glaze of color is enough to bring the painting to life. When glazing is used instead of opaque colors, you are using the value of the grisaille layer and color from the glaze layer. This type of painting produces more translucent and lively paintings.

Even though this method is time-consuming because of two distinct steps and some drying time in between, it yields a higher percentage of good paintings. I recommend this method to my students when they are starting out. Once they are confident enough to achieve correct values and colors at the same time, they can use a direct painting approach.

So, whatever medium you use, try the grisaille method and experience it’s benefits!

Keep making art,