Green Earth and Red oil by Usha Shantharam

This is my original painting done in abstract style. Medium is acrylic painting on canvas of size 28″x 21″(inches). It is about how the ugly issue of oil -( in red – and dangerous), is slowly dripping and enveloping the ‘green earth’ trying to destroy it. The fruiting and flowering trees in the green area are being replaced by prickly cacti in the red area. Painting is available for purchase.

Title of work

Green Earth and Red Oil

Size of work ( either cm or inches)

28″ x 21″ inches

Style (realism, abstract, expressionism etc)


Technique, Medium & material used

acrylic on canvas

Date work was completed (only submit work of the current year)


4 Comments on “Green Earth and Red oil by Usha Shantharam”

  1. The color contrasts and the transition from reds, red oranges to variations of green is well placed and reflects the artist’s intent with a vibrant impact. The landscape in greens has a pleasing restful flavor behind a foreboding curtain of gloom. I would like to see this piece in a larger format as I am unable to ditingish the detail in the area impacted by the oil. Perhaps there could be a little less detail in a canvas this size. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  2. Familiar selected set of colors yet, very presentable to the title and added a good contrast, while using lighter tone in far distance, which created a feel of perspective that was emphasized by using the dark brown color to present the spill oil. I do not think that there were more details than what I could see through, even though the size is small, however, had been there any details, they would have been still, shown in this small dimension.

  3. The composition works very well as an environmental statement about our earth’s current crises! The use of colors opposite on the color wheel, the red and greens, provide a startling push – pull effect which is very powerful and holds the viewer’s eye! Because of the detailed trees, I consider this to be somewhat representational and a good composition. I appreciate the technical skill you have! Thank you for your submission!

  4. I love your landscape painted in “camaieu”, in the manner of chinese inks full of fogs, vegetation & montains. I would have wished seeing this wider to appreciate its successive plans & taste fully its atmosphere.
    Good natural (green for nature) / artificial ( red orange for oil) contrast. The dripping from the upper “curtain” scattering the landscape expresses an infestation in progress. Does your choice for a red oil refers to the blood “black gold” story is paved with?

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