Nandan Nair

  • The Impressionistic Pear

    The Impressionistic Pear

  • The Impressionistic Pear

    The Impressionistic Pear

The Impressionistic Pear

This painting was the first painting which I made after coming back from a nice trip from India. This painting, like my first painting – “Lighthouse in the Grasslands”, was painted using the impressionistic painting style. I learned about how if one side on the pear is light, then on the background, that same side should be dark, and if the other side on the pear is dark, then on the background, that same side should be light. That is because everything has light and dark colors. The choice of colors does not matter as long as it shows the same amount of light and shade. My first attempt to paint the pear did not work out well as I messed up with the light, the shades and painting the pear to its shape. In this trial, I first sketched it. Next, I wrote where I would put each color. Then, I used the Impressionistic style to paint the background and the fruit.

I painted the pear using the different shades of yellow and green color to show the light effect. I made sure that the pear looked rounded at the center by putting a tiny bit of red from the background to show the effect of the background. I also painted the stem by making sure that it kind of went inside the pear and provided shadow effect. I also showed light effect by putting in a shadow of the pear using combination of various colors along the direction of light. Finally, I added my signature in red.

You can see my painting on the following link. I have also put in the painting of the first pear that did not come out well. I am very happy that I could complete this painting after so many challenges. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog.

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  • History of Apple Products - My Attempt

    History of Apple Products - My Attempt

  • History of Apple Products - My Attempt

    History of Apple Products - My Attempt

  • History of Apple Products - My Attempt

    History of Apple Products - My Attempt

  • History of Apple Products - My Attempt

    History of Apple Products - My Attempt

  • History of Apple Products - My Attempt

    History of Apple Products - My Attempt

  • History of Apple Products - My Attempt

    History of Apple Products - My Attempt

History of Apple Products – My Attempt

You can find the pictures of all the Apple products that I created at the following links:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/10897881226/in/set-72157635515445822
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/10897845405/in/set-72157635515445822/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/10897854525/in/set-72157635515445822/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/10897862745/in/set-72157635515445822/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/10898022044/in/set-72157635515445822/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/10897932786/in/set-72157635515445822/

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  • 2013 Halloween Pumpkin Patch Contest

    2013 Halloween Pumpkin Patch Contest

  • 2013 Halloween Pumpkin Patch Contest

    2013 Halloween Pumpkin Patch Contest

2013 Halloween Pumpkin Patch Contest

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  • A Model on American Revolution

    A Model on American Revolution

A Model on American Revolution

Using my imagination, I created a model of the battle field of American Revolution as shown in the photo below.

You can find this picture at http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/9817276893/in/set-72157635515445822

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Donut Island

This was a few weeks ago at my school on a Tuesday. In our Social Studies class, instead of reading and writing in our notebooks, we decided that we would make our own landforms. A landform is one of the many forms of land. For example, a volcano and a mountain are both landforms. Almost everyone made a volcano because it was the easiest one. But I made an island. First, I sketched how I wanted it in my notebook. Next, I made it using clay. Then I made a pond in the middle, attached a stream that goes to sea, three little palm trees, a boat and a paddle. Finally, I painted everything – even the boat and the ocean. I used dark brown shade for the palm tree trunk and the boat. I used nice light green color for leaves. I used a deep blue for the ocean. Then, in the end, I added some white to the brown and used this light brown for the land. The white colors look like beaches. If you look closely, it looks like a donut! Hence I named it as “DONUT ISLAND”!

To my surprise, my uncle (Reji) and aunt (Sonali) told me that there actually exists such a donut shaped island in Philippines. Read this blog to see the real world donut islands.

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  • Journey To The Center Of The Earth

    Journey To The Center Of The Earth

  • Journey To The Center Of The Earth

    Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Journey To The Center Of The Earth – A Book Review

Two weeks ago, my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Errichello (Ms. E), gifted everyone in the class with a book. She gave me the book titled “Journey To The Center Of The Earth”. It took me 2 days to finish reading it. It was very interesting. This is the summary of the book.

First, a man named Trevor gets a ten-day visit from his thirteen year old nephew Sean. Next, Trevor and Sean travel to Iceland to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Trevor’s brother, also Sean’s dad, Max. Along the way, they meet a girl named Hannah. Then they travel to the center of the earth and find out that an extinct bird species lives there. They also encounter a giant T-Rex. They find that Max is dead and discover his skeleton and bury it. Soon they are trapped and go through tough times. Finally, they blasted out of a volcano and reached the surface. This is the summary. A special thanks to Ms. E for this book. I really enjoyed reading it.

You can see the picture of the book here. The book details are available here.

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A Simple Trick To Keep Your Hands Clean While Painting

Many artists paint outside and inside. However getting paint on your hands and face is common for most artists. It might take lots of time and soap to clean it. But there is one simple trick to get paint off your face and hands in just a few seconds. Using Vaseline or baby oil not only wipes the paint, but also protects your skin. Most paint removers are expensive and may be unaffordable. But Vaseline or baby oil is simple and inexpensive. As soon as paint gets on your hand, take the Vaseline or baby oil and put it on your skin and rub until the paint is invisible. Finally take a paper towel or cloth and wipe your hand. Repeat till the paint comes out. Thank you for reading!

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Connect with me on Social Media

You can visit my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/NandanHome and get to know when I post new items or photos or videos of my paintings.

You can visit my Flickr Photos Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/100081093@N06/sets/ and get to know when I upload new photos. You can also see all my earlier photos there.

You can visit my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHdIRFh0sEUUHCn43vhkO6w and get to know when I upload new videos. You can also see all my earlier videos there.

Thank You!

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  • Color and Color Notes

    Color and Color Notes

Color and Color Notes

Today, I read the book “Fill Your Oil Painting with Light and Color” by Kevin Macpherson. I learned the 3 important things about Color and Color Notes. Those three things are Hue, Value and Chroma. Hue is the name of the color. Value is the relative degree of brightness. Chroma is the relative degree of intensity. For example, inmy Grand Tree painting, I used various shades of yellow and brown colors to show light effects on the tree trunk. The color, its brightness and intensity helped to show the effects in the direction of light.The page 18 in the book describes this. Please see a photo of the page 18 and see the color spectrum.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog.

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  • Egyptian Eye - A Hieroglyph

    Egyptian Eye - A Hieroglyph

Egyptian Eye – A Hieroglyph

This painting is an Egyptian Eye. Not only is it an eye, but it is also a hieroglyph. Hieroglyphs are the way ancient Egyptians used to tell things. Each picture stands for something. The hieroglyph pictures are much more than alphabets and words. To make this hieroglyph, I first looked at the original picture and drew it on a paper. Next, I took some tea and rubbed it on the paper to make it look old and ancient. If there was any excess tea, I would rub it a few times so that it be absorbed into the paper. Finally, I painted it with water colors using a brush.

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  • The Grand Tree

    The Grand Tree

  • My Latest Work which I named “The Grand Tree”

    My Latest Work which I named “The Grand Tree”

My Latest Work which I named “The Grand Tree”

“The Grand Tree” is one of my most challenging paintings because the canvas was large. In fact it was bigger than I am! Yet it was a joy creating it. The first thing I did was to sketch the tree. Second, I painted the sky. Then I painted the tree trunks and branches. I made sure that the shadows were in the right order. Last but not least, I painted the leaves and painted plants with flowers on the bottom of the trunk. You can also see the pictures of how I painted my Grand Tree. I completed The Grand Tree in May and June of 2013. I hope you like my painting as much as I do.

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  • The Forest

    The Forest

The Forest

This painting is a forest that is deep in the wild. In this painting, I once again used my imagination and the pallet knife. This painting for me was easy and some-what hard. I wanted the forest to look in the way it does when I stand in the middle of the trees. My teacher and I discussed it before sketching. First, I sketched it. Then, I painted it. I put the colors in order from lightest to darkest. Finally, I made leaves and grass. I completed The Forest in April 2013. I hope you liked my painting as much as I liked painting it.

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  • Evening Glaciers

    Evening Glaciers

Evening Glaciers

This painting was the first painting in which I did not use any photograph, but used my imagination. This painting for me was very easy. I wanted to imagine the most beautiful place and I thought about glaciers. I discussed about this with my teacher. I also wanted to use the warm colors. First, I sketched it. Then, I painted it. Finally, I used the pallet knife to make the glaciers on the mountain, the falling waters and rocks. I loved it as I show effects in the painting with colors. I painted the Evening Glaciers in March 2013. I hope you liked this painting as much as I liked painting it.

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  • My Thermal Portrait

    My Thermal Portrait

My Thermal Portrait

The person you see in this painting isn’t just any one, it’s me! This is my self-portrait, only in thermal mode. In this painting, my teacher printed a thermal picture of me and I painted it. This painting for me was very easy. First, I sketched it. Then, I painted it. Finally, I filled in some blank spaces and added the finishing touches. We selected the red background because it gives the feel that I am coming out of fire. My teacher, Ms. Sandra Donnelly, guided me through this painting by discussing how to paint hair, show light effects, brush strokes, face details, and color scheme. She always taught a very important thing that I have to have clean brush while changing colors. I am very thankful to her. I did this painting in February 2013. I hope liked this painting as much as I liked painting it.

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My First Painting: Lighthouse in the Grasslands

The lighthouse in the grasslands was my first painting when my parents sent me for private art lessons at The Sippy Cup Place, Quincy. In this painting, I used the painting style that was used by Vincent Van Gogh. This style is called impressionistic painting style. This painting for me was very easy. First, I sketched it. Then, I painted it. I made sure that I cleaned my brush after I made one stroke. Finally, I made yellow leaves to show sunlight. My teacher, Ms. Sandra Donnelly, guided me through this painting by discussing colors, color scheme, light, and shadow and brush strokes. I am very thankful to her. It took me about 2 one hour sessions to complete this work. I did this painting in January of 2013. I hope you liked this painting as much as I liked painting it.

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