Friday, November 22, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dancing Ganapati

1:19 PM
Dancing Ganapati
Mysore Style Painting 
Poster Colors on Mount Board, (15" x 20")
Original: $400/- (Approx Rs. 24,000/-)

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This is a painting of Ganesha done in Traditional Mysore Style using 22K Gold. In this painting six armed Ganesha is portrayed as performing Dance. He is blessing his devotees with his right hand and holds various weapons, modak(Sweets) and the lotus in his other hands.

(I have done this painting with the guidance of Mysore Style Artist Mr. M.S.Anand)

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

MahaLakshmi

1:09 PM
MahaLakshmi
Mysore Style Painting 
Poster Colors on Mount Board, (16" x 20")

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This is a my first painting done in Traditional Mysore Style. Here 22K Gold has been used for the ornaments.

MahaLakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity. The iconographical details are taken from Sri Suktam.

Dhyana Mantra-
Om, Hiranya varnam harinim
Suvarna rajatasrajam
Chandraam hiranmayim
Lakshmim jatavedo ma avaha

Translation-
O all-knowing fire-god (Agni), would you kindly propitiate Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity, one whose body has the golden color; one who is decked with gold and silver garlands; one whose sari is yellow colored and one Whose face is like the full moon and whose eyes bless humanity with soothing grace. O Jata Veda, the fire-god, kindly tell Her of our supplications.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Rama Ravana War

10:20 PM
Rama Ravana War
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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On the day of Vijayadashmi/Dussehra, the victory of Lord Rama over ten-headed demon king Ravana is celebrated. The story of Rama & Ravana appears in the epic Ramayana. Ravana kidnaps Sita, the wife of Rama. In order to save Sita and get her back Rama wages war against Ravana and kills him.

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NavaDurga- Digital Paintings

10:12 PM
NavaDurga 
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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NavaDurgas are the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga which are worshipped on the nine nights of Hindu Navaraatri festival. These nine manifestations are- Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Kaatyayani, Kaalraatri, MahaGauri & Siddhidatri.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

NavaDurga- Siddhidaatri

10:08 AM
Siddhidatri
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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Siddhidatri is the Ninth aspect of Goddess Durga, who is worshipped on the Ninth night of Navaratri festival. She is the granter of Siddhis, it may be in the form of boons, powers or knowledge. She provides all Siddhis to her devotees.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

NavaDurga- MahaGauri

7:58 AM
MahaGauri
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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MahaGauri is the eighth aspect of Goddess Durga, who is worshipped on the eighth night of Navaratri festival. She is white in complexion and her aura is also white due to intense penance. Hence she is called Mahagauri (the Intensely White one). 

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Friday, October 11, 2013

NavaDurga- Kaalraatri

8:54 PM
Kaalraatri
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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Kaalraatri is the seventh manifestation of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the seventh night of Navaratri festival. She is both the personification and the destroyer of Darkness.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

NavaDurga- Kaatyayani

8:13 PM
Kaatyayani
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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The sixth night of Navaratri festival is dedicated to the sixth aspect of Goddess Durga,which is Katyayani. She is called Katyayani because she was born as the daughter of Sage Katya. Sage Katyayan performed very hard penance of Goddess Durga. It was his wish that Durga be born as his daughter. 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NavaDurga- Skandamata

3:06 PM
Skandamata
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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Skandamata is the fifth aspect of Goddess Durga and hence worshiped on fifth night of Navratri festival. Parvati being the mother of "Skanda" she is called "Skandamata" (mata- mother). She is that aspect of Parvati that created the whole universe.She is the fifth of the Nav-Durgas (Nine Durgas). I have depicted Her according to the description given in following mantra.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NavaDurga- Kushmaanda

7:54 AM

Kushmaanda
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

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Kushmanda is the fourth aspect of Goddess Durga. She is worshiped on fourth night of Navratri. Ku means Little, Ushma is Warmth or Energy and Anda is Egg , meaning the one who create the universe as Little Cosmic Egg". 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

NavaDurga- Chandraghanta

9:39 AM
Chandraghanta
Digital Painting (MS Paint) 

Chandraghanta is third of the nine forms of Goddess Durga. She is worshiped on the third night of Navratri festival. She wears bell shaped crescent moon on Her head hence the name Chandraghanta (Chandra- moon, Ghanta- bell). 


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Sunday, October 6, 2013

NavaDurga- Brahmachaarini

9:54 AM
Brahmachaarini 
Digital Painting(MS Paint)

Brahmacharini Digital Painting (MS Paint) In Hindu mythology, Brahmacharini is Second of the nine forms of Goddess Durga. She is worshiped on the second night of Navratri festival. Here word Brahma refers to Tapas. So Brahmacharini means Tapas Charini The one who perform Tapas or penance. Parvati earned this name when she practiced severe penances of Lord Shiva. She is the second of the Nava-Durgas (Nine Durgas). I have depicted Brahmacharini according to the description given in following mantra. 

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nava Durga-Shailaputri

9:10 AM
Shailaputri
Digital Painting (MS Paint)

Shailaputri Digital Painting (MS Paint) Shailputri is the name given to Durga in her form of "Parvathi". "Shaila" means mountain, "Putri" means "Daughter". Parvathi is the Daughter of Himalayan Mountain. She is worshipped on the first night of "Navaratri". 

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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Great Goddesses

8:04 PM
The Great Goddesses
Digital Painting (MSPaint)

The three great Goddesses worshiped on NavaRaatri are- MahaKaLi, MahaLakshmi & MahaSaraswati.

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MahaKaLi is one among the three Great Goddesses representing the Destruction aspect of Adya Shakti (Primordial Energy). She is responsible for the destruction/Laya of the cosmos. She personifies Time and Detachment/Inertia (Tamas). Her story appears in Devi Mahatmya portion of the Hindu Puranic text Markandeya Purana. When Lord Brahma, the creator of cosmos is threatened by demons Madhu and Kaitabha, he prays to Adhya Shakti, who appears (from Vishnu) as KaLi to save him.
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MahaLakshmi is one among the three Great Goddesses representing "maintainance" aspect of Adhya Shakti (Primordial Energy). She is responsible for preservation and sustenance of the cosmos. She is personification of Sattva Guna/ Equillibrium. She denotes prosperity.
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MahaSaraswati is one among the three Great Goddesses representing the "Creation" aspect of Adya Shakti (Primordial Energy). She is responsible for the creation of the cosmos. She is personification of "Rajas" (activity). She bestows wisdom,knowledge and perfection.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Laddu Ganesha

7:28 AM

HAPPY GANESHA CHATURTHI TO EVERYONE

Laddu Ganesha
Digital Painting (MS Paint)

This is a digital painting of Laddu Ganesha ( i.e. Ganesha with sweets). Often, Ganesha is depicted as fond of sweets and other food items. "Laddu"here is a symbolic representation of "Food". Food represent Gross/Physical Existence i.e. Annamaya Kosha. Hence,Ganesha is also called as lord of Muladhara Chakra that exist in Annamaya-Kosha.

The Physical Universe is made of elements that exist either as solid, liquid, gas or as transforming energy or as space. These 5 states of physical existence are together called as "Food/Anna" in Hindu philosophy. And, Ganesha is the presiding God and controller of every aspect of this Physical Universe. Hence,he is always depicted as being fond of food. Because, it is gross food that nourishes life in this plane of existence.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Krishna Dancing on Kaaliya Snake

9:21 AM

HAPPY KRISHNA JANMASTAMI TO EVERYONE
Krishna Dancing on Kaliya Snake
(Digital Painting)

The Digital Painting depicts a scene from Krishna's life in Vrindavan, in which he once tamed and then danced upon a vicious snake named "Kaliya".

Kaliya in Hindu mythology, was the name of a poisonous Naga (Snake) living in the Yamuna River, in Vrindavan. The water of the Yamuna for four leagues all around him boiled and bubbled with poison. When Krishna and his friends were playing Ball on the banks of Yamuna, the ball fell into the river. When, Krishna went to fetch the ball, Kaliya attacked him. Krishna fought with him and tamed him. Finally Krishna, danced on the 1001 hoods of Kaliya, displaying his divine Lila to the amazement of the villagers.

The digital work depicts this scene of Krishna dancing on Kaliya snake. According to Srimad Bhagavatam,Kaliya had 1001 Hoods. As a symbolic representation of 1001  Hoods, I have depicted 11 hoods. The Kaliya serpent represents Ahamkara-Ego, that makes an individual to Self-Identify with false entities-body, mind and worldly objects. Krishna taming it and dancing on it, depicts him as Mayapati-the Lord and Controller of Maya and Samsara. It is God who is the Lord and controller of Prakriti and Maya is his Shakti. One who is deluded by Maya, self-identifies himself with Non-Self- False Entities like worldly, objects and cognitions. But,God is free from all such limitations, he is devoid of any false identifications. Further, he is the Lord and ruler of whole Cosmos, the whole manifestation being only his Lila-Play.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bhaskareshwar- Shiva Temple

7:31 PM
Bhaskareshwar- Shiva Temple
Oil colors on Canvas, 24" x 18"
(17/08/2013)
Original: $670, (Approx- Rs. 40,000/-)

This is the finished painting of Bhaskareshwar Temple(Shiva Temple) located at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

The architecture of the Temple basically consists of a raised platform called as "Adhisthana" on which the main temple is built. The top of the temple walls slope towards the center forming a tower called "Shikhara" and finial portion of the tower consists of an doomed like structure called "Amalaka". These type of temples are very common in Odisha.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Shiva Temple- Oil Painting- Step by Step

5:47 PM


This is the second Oil painting I am currently working on. Here, the photo on the left side is of Bhaskareshwara Temple, Bhubhneshwar. I have taken this photo as reference. I have started working on temple's structure. Behind the lady in the middle, there is an idol of Nandi (Bull) as we see normally in all Shiva temples which I have decided to show in the painting.




Step 1- 

Medium- Oil on Canvas, 18" x 24"

In the first step I have washed the canvas with a thin layer of Yellow Ochre and after it dried I made an outer sketch using Burnt Sienna. 


Step 2: In this step I colored the sky by mixing Cobalt Blue Hue and Flake White Hue. Also I colored the ground by mixing Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue and a little bit of Scarlet Lake.


Step 3- In this attempt I increased the number of grids on the floor and made it look more natural. I have also added details to the Adhisthana (Base/Pedestal) portion of the temple.











Step 4- Now I have started working on the tower and the finial portion of the temple(Gandi & Mastaka).














Step 5- After completing the Shikhara(tower) portion I have started working on the middle walls.

Step 6- Here I have finished painting the main structure. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dancing Ganesha

8:47 AM

Dancing Ganesha
Oil Pastels on Paper, 29/06/2013

The above painting is the original Dancing Ganesha, which I painted using oil pastels. This painting depicts Ganesha dancing on water. 

I digitally modified it to create the rest of the two images. All the three images are available to purchase as Greeting Cards and Prints.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ma Sharada

1:05 PM

Ma Sharada
Acrylic on Canvas, 18" X 24"
Original: $460, (Approx. Rs. 25,000/-)

"Sharada" is another name of Goddess Saraswati. She is the Goddess of knowledge and learning. 

I have depicted Sharada according to the description given in following mantra-

मालासुधाकुम्भ विबोधमुद्रा
विद्याविराजत्करवारिजाताम् ।
अपारकारुण्य सुधाम्बुराशिं
श्रीशारादाम्बां प्रणतोऽस्मि नित्यम् ॥

Daily I bow to Sri Sharadamba, the boundless ocean of mercy, who bears in her lustrous, lotus-like hands the rosary, the jar of nectar, the mudra of wisdom, and the book of knowledge.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Portrayal of Nudity in Mythological Art-Works

10:28 AM
Pratyasha Nithin

Photograph taken at Konark Temple


Nudity in art-work may enhance the beauty of the subject of that art-work or it may turn the art-work into a pathetic and vulgar piece. It all depends upon the subject of the art-work as well as the mind and style of the artist. If the subject does not demand it and just for the sake of making it look attractive one paints it nude, there are chances that it will destroy the beauty of the subject. And if the subject demands nudity and one do not include it in the subject, and then also it will ruin the beauty of the artwork.

The outcome of an artwork also depends upon the character and the mind-set of the artist. How an artist understands a subject and the imagery he forms about the subject in his mind plays a crucial role in the way he depicts it on canvas or stone etc. Hence, the mindset, character and the background of the artist plays an important role. An artist may just steal a character from a mythology and twist it to suite his storyline without caring about it’s real meaning and symbolism. Or he may research about a character, draw inspiration from its meaning and symbolism and then create his art-work accordingly.

In the first case, obviously the ‘artist’ will have no interest in the character’s real meaning and symbolism and all he would care about is his own whims and fancies. He would go to any length to twist the qualities of the character to suit his own depictions. In such cases, the painting will surely hold the name of the character but it would no longer truly represent the same character. In the second case, an artist, being a genuine art-maker, will study deeply about the character and will try to immerse himself in the said mythology and understand the meaning and symbolism of that character. Then, he would use his skills to depict the character in the way he had understood them. The former is a case of incompetence, carelessness and recklessness on the part of the artist. The latter is a case of genuine love, respect, dedication and seriousness on the part of the artist.

I believe that in the case of nudity, there is a very thin line between the soberness and vulgar-ness and some people do not realize that their art-works crosses this line and looks vulgar. Especially in case of the paintings of gods and goddesses when this happens, it kills all the good aspects of the character that was meant to be represented and the only thing that remains behind is “nakedness”. Today, many artists without even researching or having the basic idea about the essence and meaning behind the image of a deity, feel that, painting a Hindu deity as naked is ‘Cool’ and ‘good’. And most of the times, the outcome looks disastrous. As they end up painting only a “naked figure” and not “a deity which represents particular aspect of the Universe”. Their artworks fail to bring forward the “Bhava- the Essence, the feeling” of the deity.

Recently I went across a few paintings of Hindu deities where in the artist, under the pretext of modernity, made paintings of a few deities naked in such a way that it looked completely overdone. There was no spark in the face, no soberness in the character, no aspects of the deity were painted and so the painting did not bring any feelings of seeing a particular deity. To defend themselves they ask, why should an artist limit his imaginations just because a character is a part of a certain mythology? The answer is simple. If a person is interested in his imaginations alone, then he should work on it alone without stealing characters from any mythologies. What is the purpose of such a person in taking a character from a certain mythology when he has no care or regard for its meaning and symbolism? Why not he simply creates a brand new character from his imagination? What is the reason of stealing the subject from a certain mythology and then twisting it in such a way that the character becomes totally opposite and contradictory to its essence and meaning?

The reason people choose such a character is because it gives them fame and money. There are thousands of people who are fascinated by these characters but have no idea about the meaning and symbolism of the characters and hence they buy anything that some artists create and sell- it may be paintings female deities as naked and seductive or paintings of male deities as having gigantic muscles and body where no such portrayal was necessary. It is said that “Ignorance is Bliss” and ignorance of people about mythology is being used by some ‘artists’ for selling their art-works. These ‘artists’ do not even make a genuine attempt to understand the mythological characters they are depicting. They do not ask themselves, whether a particular character and subject requires nudity or not, whether it requires muscular portrayal or not. The worse thing is, they over-do it. Even in the cases of characters where portrayal of nudity or strength is required, the artists simply over-do it. This completely ruins the art-work.

There are a lot many temples of Ancient and Medieval India, where we can see lots of sculptures that are naked. Many of them also deal with topics like Sex and family. But, none of them look vulgar. They are extremely beautiful masterpieces of some amazing artists of those times. These sculptures are the best examples of Nudity that exhibit beauty and soberness. And if an artist wishes to take those sculptures as a reference to create his art-work, then along with the nudity, he must also imbibe the characters of beauty, soberness and grace that the sculptures exhibit. Only then, the art-work will become beautiful and worth admiring.

My only advice as an artist to any artist who wants to portray nudity in his art-work, especially when his subject is related to mythology, is that he/she should take some time before starting with his work, and do proper research, read as much as possible, trying to go deep into the character and its meaning, if possible meditate on them and only then start creating your work. This would give lot better results.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Radha Playing Krishna

6:38 PM

Radha Playing Krishna
Acrylic colors on Canvas, 18" x 24"
30/05/2013
Original: $400/- (Approx Rs. 22,000/-)

Here in this painting I depicted the play of Radha and Krishna, in which Radha and the gopis have stolen Krishna's flute and crown. Radha is trying to imitate him and Krishna is peeking at them from behind a tree. One of the Gopis is alerting Radha that Krishna has come to catch them.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Art as a Sadhana

10:27 AM
Pratyasha Nithin

An art is a Sadhana(spiritual effort), an ever learning process in which an artist is always a student. He may or may not have a physical teacher. But he is always taught by his own thoughts and sense perceptions. Nature is the greatest teacher and one learns a lot of things just by observing her. The work of the nature and the Physical teacher is to help a student to discover his own inner Self which is the inner guide and teacher. And once the inner self starts to guide an artist, art will flow out of him spontaneously. It is this state of spontaneity, an artist must aspire to achieve because without spontaneity it is impossible to achieve perfection.

Perfection as for as an artist is concerned is an ability of the artist to paint on a canvas or carve in a stone perfectly the image which he had in his mind. That is, if the physical image created by an artist is a perfect replica of his mental image, only then his art-work can be termed as perfect. Practically speaking it is almost impossible to create an exact replica of the image, the artist has in his mind.

This near perfection can not be achieved in a day or a month. An artist must continuously and patiently strive hard to improve his skills with dedication and a sense of detachment. He must make his art a sadhana, spiritual effort towards this goal of perfection. Only such an attitude of commitment, humility and detachment will lead to purification of his heart and mind(chitta-shuddhi) which will in turn help him develop spontaneity. More the mind is purified, more the spontaneity he develops.

No matter if the artist is a beginner or a professional, there is always a scope for learning in every art work he accomplishes. Sometimes it could be a new trick for an old concept and sometimes a solution to an old problem or it could be a completely new perspective of looking at things. With every effort, he walks a step further in an eternal process of being perfect. Even though an artist may or may not achieve perfection, it is important for him to enjoy the journey. An artist himself is the best judge and critic of his own work. Because he alone knows what he expected from the outcome of his painting and where he failed, what mental image he had and how much he was able to depict in his work.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lakshmi

6:03 PM

Lakshmi,
Water colors on Paper, 12" x 9.4"
(24/05/2013)

I have depicted Lakshmi according to the description given in following mantra-

aruna kamala sansthA tadrajaha kunjavarnA 
karakamaladruteshtA abhitiyugma ambujA cha
maNi makuta vichitrAlankruta kalpajatairbhavatu
bhuvanmAtA santatam shrEhi shriyai nah || 
--Shri Sukta Dyana Mantra

Lakshmi is the one who is sitting on a red lotus, has four hands. The front hands are in abhaya and vara mudra and the back hands are holding lotuses. She is wearing ornaments and crown made of gem-stones. The ornaments are as if born from Kalpvriksha (tree of boons). I salute to the Mother of Universe and the cause of abundance in prosperity in all existence.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ram-Janaki

5:42 PM

Ram-Janaki (Practice sketch)
Pencil- HB,2B,
20/5/2013,
8.25" x 11.5"


The sketch depicts Ram and his wife Sita standing together according to the description given in the first half of the following verse.

Nilambuja Shyamala komala angam,
Sita samaropita vaama bhagam |
PaNau mahasayaka chaaru chaapam
Namami Raamam Raghuvamshanatham ||

Meaning- He whose body is soft and dark-colored like that of a blue lotus; Who has Sita on his left side; Who has an arrow and a beautiful bow in His hands. I bow to Ram the lord of house of the Raghu (Raghu-kula).


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Making an Art-Work

8:14 PM
Pratyasha Nithin

Production of any art work not only involves the actual physical work done on a canvas or paper, but also the mental effort put into conceiving the image. Most people assume that art involves only a play of colors. But it is not so. The mental effort put is as important if not more than the physical effort.

Traditionally in India, the production of art was divided into two stages- 1. The mental conception of the Image and 2. The Physical expression by way of painting or sculpting of the mental image.

1. Mental conception: This is the most important stage in the creation of an art. An artist may spend weeks meditating or simply day dreaming about the theme he desires to put in colors. In many cases, the time spent to conceive the imagary may be much more than the time taken to paint on a canvas. Especially, when a person desires to paint on a mythological or religious themes, like portraying a picture of God or a deity, one must first understand the essential nature of the deity. He must first understand the aspect and spiritual truth that mythological figure represents. Some may represent peace, some destruction and some again knowledge. An artist must gain firm understanding of this. Then, he should contemplate on this understanding of the deity using the Lakshanas (symbols) given by the mythlogies for such deities. Only when in his mind, he perceives a proper imagery, he should attempt at painting them on canvas.

2. The actual production of art- An artist having thus conceived the image in his mind, will then proceed to physically created them on canvas or stoneor wood etc. Many a times, the outcome of the real painting/sculpture will not be as good or as beautiful as one's mental imagery. But, the Physical image will always serve as a medium for that person and the others to mentally construct the image which was originally in the artist's mind.

Hence, Anand k Coomaraswami says- "The picture is not in the colours but is in the heart(Hrdaya) of the artist(Karaka) before the work is done and of the spectator(Bhogin) who when the work is done has grapsed it's meaning."

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Painting a Deity/god

8:01 PM
Pratyasha Nithin

There are two distinct ways in which an artist creates his works. He proceeds from universal to the particular or from the particular to the universal. In the case of the imagery of the deity it is the first case. It is called Dhyatva Kuryat, the intellectual conception precedes the actual creation of work.

For example, in the imagery of Brahma, apart from representing all the lakshanas(symbols) like the four heads, four hands, lotus etc, one must make sure that the real essence of the deity is represented. Brahma is basically a Rajasik(active) deity always involved in the action of creation of universe. Hence any depiction of him as being extremely violent bordering on Tamas(inertia) or extreme sweetness and serene bordering on Sattva(equipoise) should be avoided.

Another example is that of Hanuman, the essence of Hanuman exemplifies Veera Bhava(heroic nature) and Dasya Bhava(attitude of a servant)  that is one of extreme courage, strength and at the same time humility and simplicity. It is important to keep in mind that a depiction of courage should not turn into a depiction of extreme violence or animalistic behavior.

The goal of any image of a deity is to be a medium on which the spectator can meditate on the essence of the deity. It is important for an artist to depict the essence properly in his works. A wrong portrayal of essence by an artist leads to a wrong conception of the deity in the heart of the spectator. Hence the portrayal of excesive mucsles to depict strength, excessive violence to depict virility and excessive sweetness to depict equipoise should be avoided.

Monday, May 6, 2013

India: Mā Bhārati

5:10 PM

Mā Bhārati
(06/05/2013)
Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 24"
Original: $550/- (Approx Rs 30,000/-)

Painting of Mā Bhārati- the personification of India. The image depicts India as coming out of a fire-sacrifice in which the oceans act as the fire-pit.

Yajna or fire-sacrifice is the symbolic representation of cosmic manifestation of the universe. In Hindu mythology, whenever the Dharma/Righteousness degenerates and evil rises the cosmic energy-the Divine Mother(Adya) is invoked by a fire-sacrifice to reestablish Dharma and bring order to the cosmos.

In this painting, i have used the same theme to depict the revival of India free from the social-economic-spiritual degeneration that has set in over past few centuries.

When I was half-way through the painting, it looked like this:



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