Recent Paintings

Vinod’s water color painting
January 7, 2018
Sunanda’s watercolor painting
based on the painting by  Roderick Maclver,
Titled “Traversing the Hills.”
Dec 18, 2017
“Moon and Ocean”
Watercolor painting
by Vinod D Deshmukh
on handmade art paper
June 2, 2017
A water color painting
on handmade art paper
by Vinod D Deshmukh
May 30, 2017
Oil color painting on canvas
By Vinod D Deshmukh
May 21, 2017
Oil color painting on canvas
By Sunanda V Deshmukh
of a self portrait by Rembrandt at Kenwood, London, in 1665.
May 19, 2017
Oil colors painting on art paper
by Sunanda V Deshmukh
April 28, 2017
My humble attempt to duplicate van Gogh’s self portrait of 1889. Oil colors on canvas by Vinod D Deshmukh. April 19, 2017.
“The dawn of pink outpouring peace and love for all!”
“Heart of a Calla Lily”
Oil colors on art paper
By Vinod D Deshmukh
April 14, 2017
Oil colors on art paper
By Sunanda V Deshmukh
April 14, 2017
“portrait of a Calla Lily” 
An oil-color on canvas painting
By Vinod D Deshmukh
April 13, 2017.
Emergence of Life

“Emergence of Life”

“With Roots and Sprouts”


Water color painting on handmade art paper

By Vinod D Deshmukh

April 9, 2017


Evolution of this painting:

I started with an idea of two trees, one strait up and the other upside down, contacting each other at the horizontal canopy level. It’s like a semipermeable cellular membrane between the two trees.


Then, I thought of using two primary colors like the blue and yellow (blue and red, or yellow and red) and to let them mix with each other at the canopy boundary level and create a new secondary color like the green as in this painting.


I looked at several images of trees on Google images with special attention to the branching pattern. I liked the branching pattern with Fibonacci numbers like 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…etc. I also drew a rough sketch of two trees with binary (decision making) bifurcation pattern. Finally, I just chose this pattern that dawned on me spontaneously.


I loved the way the fluid paints diffused and also the way the green paint flew down gradually by gravity, creating these natural “Roots and Sprouts.” This, I thought, symbolized and expressed the emergence of “Life” from the good Earth and the Atmosphere. I loved this creative experience.


Vinod D Deshmukh

April 9, 2017

Oil on canvas portrait by
Sunanda V Deshmukh
April 6, 2017
Jayashree painting
Jayashree portrait
“Vase with Flowers”
Oil colors on canvas by
Vinod D Deshmukh
April 6, 2017
Vase with Flowers Painting
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Painting Holomovement

The Holomovement

Acrylic color painting on handmade art paper

By Vinod D Deshmukh

April 3, 2017


Evolution of this painting

I woke up with an idea to draw a small wavelet in the middle of a vast and still ocean. The wavelet was to be a symbol of “transience” – a transient phenomenon of our experience. It would symbolize a brief thought within the expanse of a wordless “silence.” I wanted to image the relatedness of activity and rest, impulse and baseline, sound and silence, movement and stillness, strong emotion and tranquility, awareness and a mental event, or any bio-psycho-social event and its surrounding timeless holistic reality.


I looked up images of waveforms on Google images and found one that I vaguely liked. I drew a line with a wavelet in it and composed it as I thought would look simple, natural and beautiful. I chose purple or violet and blue acrylic colors, as I sometimes see them in front of my closed eyes, along with the spontaneous sound of anāhata nada, during my morning meditation, when I am fully alert and at-ease with myself and my existence, with minimal thinking, planning or internal dialogue.


After using a brush stroke of thick paint along the line and the wavelet, I diluted the paint multiple times on a wet art paper. By slightly tilting the board, I let the paint drip down, as it would naturally do by gravity. This is called the “wet-on-wet” technique, as opposed to “wet-on-dry” method. It was very exciting and revealing to watch the incredible diffusive patterns that were created spontaneously. It is the magic of using water or any fluid to create such unique parallel flow-patterns. So, in a way, this painting just happened by itself, after my initial planning and effort. I repeated the same process for the blue color by turning the board upside down. I left a thin unpainted white boundary line between the two colors.


This boundary line between the two colors reminded me of the semipermeable cell membrane that allows some ions and molecules to flow through but not the others. That is how the ionic voltage and current are generated to energize many cellular functions. The boundary line is also suggestive of the dynamic horizon between the Earth (especially the Ocean) and the Atmosphere with rain clouds.


When I looked at the finished painting, I could see that the painting expressed a landscape or a reality that had a parallel multidirectional flux or flow events. It looked as if it was flowing from left to right and reverse as well as streamlining up or down. Yet, all these fluid movements fit well together on a single surface of this canvas. It is an expression of a well-integrated “whole” like a self-organizing and dynamic ecosystem.


This holistic, self-organizing and dynamic picture reminded me of previous verbal descriptions of “wholeness” or “Poornatva.” Here are a few examples of such linguistic as well as scientific expressions.


Quotations on the Holomovement, Wholeness or Poornatva

The holomovement is a key concept in David Bohm’s interpretation of quantum mechanics and for his overall worldview. It brings together the holistic principle of “undivided wholeness” with the idea that everything is in a state of process or becoming (or what he calls the “universal flux”). For Bohm, wholeness is not a static oneness, but a dynamic wholeness-in-motion in which everything moves together in an interconnected process. The concept is presented most fully in Wholeness and the Implicate Order, published in 1980.

This view implies that flow is, in some sense, prior to that of the ‘things’ that can be seen to form and dissolve in this flow. He notes how “each relatively autonomous and stable structure is to be understood not as something independently and permanently existent but rather as a product that has been formed in the whole flowing movement and what will ultimately dissolve back into this movement. How it forms and maintains itself, then, depends on its place function within the whole.”

As Bohm sums it up at the end of the book: “Our overall approach has thus brought together questions of the nature of the cosmos, of matter in general, of life, and of consciousness. All of these have been considered to be projections of a common ground. This we may call the ground of all that is.”


Vedic Verses on Poornatva or wholeness

सर्वं खलु इदं ब्रह्म |

All this is truly one holistic Reality – Brahman.

पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते | पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||

What is beyond is whole, Pūrṇa. What is here is whole. From the whole emerges whole. When the whole is removed from whole, what remains is whole. Holistic, Pūrṇa is the infinite Reality that can be realized by direct experience.


Adi Shankaracharya’s verse on Poornatva or wholeness

भाववृत्त्या हि भावत्वं शून्यवृत्त्या हि शून्यता |

ब्रह्मवृत्त्या हि पूर्णत्वं तथा पूर्णत्वं अभ्यसेत् ||129||

While thinking of an object, the mind verily identifies itself with that object. While thinking of emptiness, it becomes empty, clear and transparent. Similarly, with holistic awareness of Brahman (Reality or Truth), mind becomes whole. So, one should be constantly aware of the wholeness (of Life and Reality) and actualize the perfection that is. From Adi Shankaracharya’s Aparokshānubhuti, verse 129.

The above is a brief explanation of the evolution of my painting. There are many more implied meanings and stories hidden in the painting that could be explored and understood further. This painting has already given me a new experience and ideas for the creation of the next painting, hopefully soon!

Vinod D Deshmukh

April 3, 2017

Evolution of this water color painting by Vinod D Deshmukh: “I started with an idea of a spiral conch shell. Then, it evolved into a “black hole,” “Solar eclipse” and finally, this “Big bang” or simply “Creation.” It was a good learning experience for me.” March 31, 2017
Creation painting
Sunanda’s oil on canvas painting
Ashok's painting
Ashok's sketch
Painting class
March 28, 2017
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“Rainbow Spiral”
Crayons on black  art paper
by Vinod D Deshmukh
March 27, 2017
Spiral rainbow
“A Family of Blue Herons”
Water color painting on handmade art paper
by Vinod D Deshmukh
March 25, 2017
“A Family from Mogarwadi”
Water color painting by
Vinod D Deshmukh
March 20, 2017
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“Green Hills”
Oil on canvas painting by
Vinod D Deshmukh
March 10, 2017
It is based on van Gogh’s famous painting
Titled, “Green Wheat Fields” in 1890.
Green Hills
Water color painting
Vinod D Deshmukh
March 2, 2017
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Vinod’s water color painting of
colorful boulders on a beach in Norway.
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Abstract expressionism painting
by Vinod D Deshmukh
Acrylic on hand-made cotton paper
February 14, 2017.
Ranjan’s portrait.
Oil on canvas by
Sunanda V Deshmukh
January 10, 2017
Recent portrait painting
Acrylic on art paper.
By Sunanda V Deshmukh.
September 20, 2016
Thank you for your appreciation of Aseem’s portrait.
Actually, it was funny that when we posted the portrait of Aseem on facebook without mentioning Aseem’s name, facebook recognised his face and wrote underneath the painting “with Aseem Deodhar.”
Even after we deleted Aseem’s name, because we wanted it to be a surprise, facebook asked us if we wanted to “tag Aseem Deodhar.”
That was a stamp of approval from the facebook’s face recognition program. We were pleasantly surprised.
Sunanda and Vinod
April 25, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
I just completed this oil-on-canvas painting today. It is based on a scene that we came across in a village named, “Mogarwadi” near Pune, India. Hope you will enjoy it.
Vinod D Deshmukh


“Crescent Moon at Sunset on the St Johns River”

Oil on canvas painting

By Vinod D Deshmukh (2015)



River and a Lake

A river is lake

That is in a hurry

To reach the ocean.

A lake is a river

That pauses

To look at the blue sky.

A river carves out of time;

A lake reflects on eternity.

A river knows the Time.

A lake knows the Timeless.

A skillful mind

Can flow like a river,

Or stand still like a lake.

It depends on

The terrain it faces

At the present moment.

It lives

With a spontaneous joy,

Sometimes like a river

And sometimes like a lake.

Vinod D Deshmukh

April 14, 1995.

Manisha’s Portrait by Sunanda

Oil on Canvas

February 13, 2016


Sunanda’s oil painting

Sona’s portrait

Jan 07, 2016


Vinod’s oil painting

Based Vincent van Gogh’s cottage

Jan 07, 2016


Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March to Dandi in 1930, enacted by Rohan.

Oil on canvas painting by

Sunanda V Deshmukh

November 11, 2015

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Sunanda’s Paintings

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Vinod’s Painting

From Storthes Hall, Yorkshire, UK, in 1968


Father and Son

Sunanda’s painting

Pastels on rich black paper

May 26, 2015

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Sunanda’s sketch with pastels


Vinod’s Beautiful logs and Flowers 



Nature’s Magic Carpet & Flowers



Vinod’s painting (Oil on Canvas)

April 28, 2015



Sunanda’s painting (Pastel on Cardboard)

April 28, 2015

Crescent Moon and Venus on the St Johns River

Jacksonville, Florida

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April 12, 2015




“Be Presentwhere ever you are.”

Vinod’s painting (oil on canvas).

April 5, 2015

Vinod’s recent paintings February-March 2015

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Sunanda’s oil on canvas portraits of Elsa and William February and March 2015.




Sunanda’s portrait painting of Sona, September 2014



Sunanda’s sketch of her grand daughter June 26, 2014

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Sunanda’s recent sketches June 24, 2014

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Sunanda’s oil painting of grand son and grandpa. Original photo taken in our backyard posing Rohan and Vinod.

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  2. Ira, thank you for your kind appreciation. You should also try painting, do photography, appreciate nature and admire people and then, if you feel like, write poetry. We will publish your art work on our website. Cheers!. We love you and wish you the very best. Sunanda mami and Vinod mama.

  3. Dear Mami Aaji and Mama Aajoba,
    These paintings are simply fantastic!!! And the poems are also very beautiful. Love the website.
    With love,

  4. Thank you. You are quite right a special bond of love between us since Rohan was born. Sunanda has done a great job with that painting. It was her idea and she insisted on taking our photo in the backyard. Vinod.

  5. The paintings are beautiful specially the grandson and the grandpa; young one observing the wisdom and the older one observing the innocence.

  6. That is the next step. All this is being done and is evolving. Thanks for your suggestions. Please stay in touch.
    Vinod and Sunanda

  7. Captions for photographs as well as paintings would make them more meaningful and appealing. The web site is well designed and looks elegant

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