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Pencil drawings

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 | Author:

Pencil art is an artistic form of visual art. There are so many applications of pencil art and this can also form the base of a charcoal painting. From sketches, landscapes and portraits pencil drawings have many variations. The approach towards pencil drawings may be many but the final art form is simply majestic. A novice version of pencil art can be simple sketching or drawing of a caricature. Look-and-draw pencil sketches are very interesting for children.


Plain graphite pencils come with various standards and specifics for the pencil art forms. The interesting range in color pencil art is again splendid. Bird drawings especially the drawings of multi colored feathered birds like a macaw are interesting when done with strokes of a colored pencil. Water soluble colored pencils are again a novel way to capture the magic of sketching using a pencil. The simple dip-in-water idea is also an easy solution to use the kit in a portable form.


Pencil drawings referring to portrait can be seen in real life paintings or sketches of face of the elderly, baby or a village belle. The variations in each pencil sketch are unique and list several techniques to capture the expression of eyes, eyebrows, laugh lines, crow’s feet and a toothless smile. More sketching accentuation is done with hair or forehead lines, the twinkle in the eye, a void expression or other important features of the face like jaw muscle or the ear or nose.


Pencil drawings of a dinosaur, bird, Santa or a park scene are very interesting for a child. Summer classes for pencil sketches teach the child to actually hold the pencil accurately and do the deft strokes under the able guidance of a senior artist. There are books available too that guide you on a step wise procedure to master the techniques of pencil art. Shadings are also a major chapter to be learnt in pencil drawings.


The spectacular representation of a scenery or landscape in black is another skill of an artist. There are double vision portrait styles and other arts related to weather and people as a crowd. Black and white pencil art is amazing and the surreal effect of mystic or spiritual painting with color pencil is quite an experience. Still life color pencil sketches also cultivate more platforms for artists who believe in expressing their feelings. There are more ideas like depiction of dreams in pencil art which make it a mystic understanding.

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Silk Paintings

Friday, March 19th, 2010 | Author:

Silk paintings have been a part of the rich tradition belonging from dynasties and kingly rules. Painting on silk is an exercise and an artist’s gets full fulfillment once the painting is completed.  The feel of silk and the texture makes the painting more interesting and the play of colors in vibrant moods set the painting aside as a premium collection. The traditional ideas for silk paintings are usually concepts of lone woman standing or other motifs showing a dance recital.


The craft is mostly a part or wealth of Rajashtan and interior parts of Punjab. The paintings also come as a part of wall decoration or for a classy experience one can frame the same in an ornate wooden case. A silk painting of Krishna has an alluring image where the colors of the peacock feather radiate grace. The origin of silk paintings definitely came from the patronage of rulers.


It is believed that the silk paintings as a Indian concept was years ago in AD and then moved to other parts of the world including Europe. The silk paintings flourished along with Batik prints in India and wax resistance was the main technique used in the silk paintings. The mughals were lovers of art and painting and during their era the silk paintings were very famous. The depictions of raas lila or palanquin images did have the Mughal touch.


Using the ethnic priming method, the gutta is a medium that holds the color to the fabric. The silk is washed well, dried and then one a stretcher the fabric is placed. The tension is adjusted and the removable gutta allows the color to stay on. Later the gutta is removed and the painting is ready. The painting brush has to be perfect and the freestyle painting is certainly the work of an expert and experienced artist.


Certain artists prefer to work directly and here the color often gives away. Starch and dye color methods are the common prints in abstract mostly used for dresses and attire and has a good demand all over India. The richness of the painting is felt as the cloth absorbs the color well and hence the resister has to be of perfect quality. Storing the silk paintings is another art. Ideally it has to be stored in parchment paper or brown treated paper that will not allow the fibers to go disarray. Encasing them is also the job of an expert.

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Ganesha Paintings

Saturday, August 15th, 2009 | Author:

The favorite Hindu God known for his charismatic presence in homes is certainly a welcome sign in most Indian homes. Paintings for homes with the Ganesha theme are very common. These can be framed in the living room or extended to the puja room where we can also keep them in the midst of Ganesha idols. The splendor of colors makes the painting more enhancing.


Ganesha painting is deft strokes by exponents are done exclusively in black and white charcoal or sketches. This is a simple way to adorn the walls. Reputed artists also contribute their paintings of the elephant God with a bit of abstract tendencies by the essence is well retained in any concept.


Tapestry paintings are another common wall adornment in India. The fabric colors or textile painting is a wonderful piece of art which is also the ethnic form of painting from India. With more than 108 names of Ganesha forming his virtues, the various mood of Ganpati can be seen.


There are paintings of Ganesha in oil and water colors too which gives the glimpse of Ganesha in a variety or expressions. Most painters also concentrate on facial features rather than sketching out the entire body form of Ganesha. The images of Ganesha are seen as dancing, aggressive thandav dance or the pleasant faced Ganesha. There are other forms where he is accompanied by a consort or other mythological characters surround the theme.


There are various forms of Ganesha paintings mainly in Kalamkari, Tanjore, Batik and also Glass paintings. There are unusual blends and the painters are yet exploring art works to bring out the best paint forms of the benevolent Ganesha. The adornments of Lord Ganesha and the jewelry also gives a lot of grandeur to any painting style.

Oil Paintings

Monday, July 27th, 2009 | Author:

The paintings of Rembrandt, Monte and Van Gogh have their masterpieces in oil paintings. Oil paintings are niche art and the true art work is clearly brought out in the paintings. Understanding the technique and form is very much essential. The sketch is done on the canvas with charcoal or directly with paint in a fine form. The blending is again the painter’s creation and the colors in oil painting stand out well.


There has been a lot of innovation and changes in the medium of painting that has actually facilitated drying and transportation. Earlier the medium was to be mixed with linseed oil to form a sort of varnish. With the advent of tubes in oil painting, the rich texture is well maintained. There are various ways to do the oil painting and the artist chooses a comfortable pattern.


Paintbrushes are the main trick to develop the texture and richness via strokes. Sable, mongoose hair or hogs hair is usually used for the brushes. Deft strokes are lined with the help of the brushes that gives bold strokes or fine painting. The synthetic fibers also aid in giving a different feel to the application of color. The initial layer is used with a thin paint and is a way to temper the canvas. Once the canvas is used to the layers the oncoming layers can be done in varied hues and thickness.


Sealing the paint is done with glaze formation so that there is certain perfection in drying of the paint. The earlier artists would have been comfortable in painting over the wet works and their creativity or sense of imagination aids them to work well in any medium. Portraits or market place oil paintings were very common in the yesteryears. Today’s contemporary artists love to paint the ideas of modern abstract forms or the topic of rebirth through oil painting.



The perfection of works through oil painting can be seen in the concept of marriage painted by Jan Van Eyck. Each inanimate object here shows the evidence of life and there is more accentuation on the expression between the man and woman. The latest artists also go for superior quality oil paints and do not actually intend to varnish or seal the paintings.

famous paintings

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | Author:

Famous paintings by Indian artists are collectibles for an art lover. One is able to understand the underlying meaning of colors, abstractness and the melody of the painting the painter wishes to convey and this is quite a passion for people who love to invest in paintings. Famous paintings have been a tradition of India which was earlier patronized by the rulers and kingly royals. Nowadays paintings are getting an international recognition as there are several mediums to connect the artist and the art lover.


The theme of the paintings of Tyeb Mehta and the celebration of the figures he paints speaks about his dimension of art. His creativity is exemplified and the paintings are usual sold at a high price. Some rich paintings can also be seen during the Moghul era and the Mysore paintings are also a rich tradition. Art schools also are getting more recognition and the enrolment in this stream is increasing.


Batik paintings are one of the ethnic styles that are very typically Indian. The paintings are quite a process to go through. The Ajanta murals seem to be the work of great artists and the unsung heroes will never be known and history beckons us to the rich tradition. There are more concepts in the Phad paintings and the tribal art ones. The painting style is also related to the earlier prevailing time and this is suited to the international climate.


The effects of paint, canvas and form is all related to the style of painting that goes from depicting surreal expressions to bold caricature or abstract forms. Charcoal, wood and the recent acrylic medium in paintings shows the renaissance and is symbolic of the effects of change brought in by famous painters. The miniature paintings of the Moghul era, the cave style painting of Ellora and the classic style employed in the Tanjore paintings of South India are examples of exquisite ethnic paintings.

Indian art market

Monday, July 13th, 2009 | Author:

Appreciation of Indian art seems to be also a part of our heritage. Our monuments, kingly palaces and also getaways to prominent towns have a distinct identity owing to the encouragement received by patrons of art. The caste system prevalent in the earlier times also added to preservation of art forms in families. With much of intermingling and scrapping of caste system India is looking at a more comprehensive way to commercialize the appreciation of art.


Art sees no religion and is the expression of an artist. This is seen in the works of M F Hussain who explores the subtle natural element in Hindu mythology. The paintings of renowned artists like Amrtia Shergil or Tyeb Mehta are priced high and they have several seekers to love to adorn their homes or commercial units with the fabulous paintings. Several Indian associations are also looking at a consortium to sell the great works of art and the buyers are growing each year.


Scaling international heights for any kind of commercial activity is very important. This can be done by formal channels of exhibitions and display of the marked pieces. It is important to merchandise the paintings in a very sophisticated manner and the person must be able to highlight the in-depth matter of the subject. There are several art houses who exhibit paintings and photography on regular intervals.


Art schools have workshops to train novices and amateur painters who are also given a chance to explore and hone their talent. The support from the Government is also required to back any kind of activity in the Indian art market. Art lovers look out for unique and blending concepts in the thematic works of art and are ready to invest in premium collections.


The paintings by great artists are a trophy collection and for art lovers this is a passion. Exhibitions offer a great opportunity to display the paintings and the recent online gallery is again a new way to connect with people who share a love for Indian art.

Investing in Indian art

Thursday, July 09th, 2009 | Author:

Art lovers have an innate passion for art works. If you wish to invest in art or merchandise in the same a certain capital has to be scheduled. There are many art students who work as apprentice and in this field caliber is a primary ingredient. Each day new artists are exposing themselves to new fields of learning, mediums and colors. Locating a chief culture of art is also the main thing about this business.


One needs to have a considerable space to house the pieces of art and storing is essential to avoid any kind of harm or erosion in the art works. Technology and modernity has made it possible to restore works of art and this can be also looked into a branched business. Investing in art means having a keen sense of concept and understanding of varied art forms.


Books and literature is certainly available on the art forms in the ethnic and recent types. There is a lot of essential things to know about the original and metamorphosis of Indian art. Many art forms are also in their stage of extinction. Investing in art for self is another passion though many times this becomes a unique casing. Art lovers also have a specification for the love of art.


People can choose paintings for their living room as aura ones, the fire and ice concept or great ones in Warli art or Madhubani ones. The canvas paintings or portrait in singular frames look elegant on a hallway. Kid’s room paintings can also be looked at great gifts and vibrancy is a necessary ingredient and can also be related to caricature.


New age paintings are also showcased adjacently with traditional ones and this is a great relief that helps the investor to choose among the minimal choices. The investor must be clear about the color and medium and also can have a liaison with the artist to customize rare paintings. Knowledge improves with interaction and exposure and investing in art is a fervor for many investors.

Folk dances of India

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 | Author:

The folk dances of India which originally must have been a form of social interaction or entertainment are now the integral heritage factor of our modern India. They depict the emotions in coordination with the theme or festival. The particular season also exhibits the passion and exuberance of colors interplayed with the melody in the rich regional language that is rendered with raw traditional instruments, drum beats and the voices of village folk. The clothes and adornments are related typically to each state.


In the South of India, the kavadi dance is a major event where the festival of Lord Karthikeya is celebrated with pompous movements and piercings on the body. Pole balancing is also a form of kavadi dance. The ghoomar dance of Rajasthan is a perfect mix of style in speed and grace. It is a difficult art form with sudden stops, circular movements and also steps that are typically Rajasthani. The ghungat-veil and flared skirt accentuates the twirls in the dance. The godhi or horse dance is another variant of folk dancing from Rajashthan.


The bhangra dance is now a popular dance all over the world owing to the hip hop element in fusion music. Originally these are performed by jats or Punjabis to celebrate any festive occasion. Full of energy and effort the giddha dance is typically a ladies affair and Punjabi dress clad women do full justice by participating eventfully. The Orissa folk dance has a format in Jumar and the Kela Kulani is another folk dance from here.


There are other dances like Garba raas which is now an all India ritual during Navratri. This is also a major get together festival for NRI’s who happily participate in the 9 day festival performing the garba and dandia. The Onam dance of Kerala is a typical movement of Kay Koti Kali that is highlighted with claps and taps. Any dance has its significance with jewelry, songs and melody that is the rich tradition of the state.


Bharat Natyam

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Author:

Bharat Natyam is one of the oldest cultures of India. Originating from Tamil Nadu, the dance form has been retained in the traditional rendering through ages. Teachers and students patronizing the art have revered it and spread it across the globe. There are several institutes in the international sector that offer courses globally. Set to various taals/beats that usually are mentioned as Tha-thai the dance form also have devotional and spiritual songs extolling the mythology of Hinduism.


The temple dancers or the devadasis were the ones to continually perform and preserve the art but along with it there are other schools who have patronized the art and still doing the same. Bharat natyam is much about posture, grace and facial expressions that is extremely expressive. The Silapadikaram expresses the various South Indian styles of art form and the history of Bharat Natyam is also elaborately expressed here. Many rulers of the olden times had keen interest in dance rituals


Dance and music are not held within any religion and this is proved by many aspirants who enjoy watching the dance or also encourage their offspring’s to pursue it as an interest. The adornments of Bharat Natyam are exquisite consisting of the typical blouse-sari which is draped in the dance style. The jewelry consists of hair accessories, jhimkis as earrings, necklaces that are stone studded and matching bangles. The waistband and amulet is also regular in style. The ghugrus or anklets is the main area that blends well with the tabla beats and aids to form melody. Flowers are very essential in the typical South Indian braid.


Mudras in Bharat Natyam are the main part along with various chapters like Thillana. The neck movements, agility and feet taps are a result of years of sadhna/practice which becomes a source of energy to the performer. The audience or the rasik is also benefited in watching a performance. The final arangetram or presentation of the dance is essential after completion of the course.

About Canvas

Monday, June 08th, 2009 | Author:

An artist often seeks for inspiration through innovation. The art is often a passion which moulds into various formats as per enriching experiences. Usually a novice learns by looking into various types of canvas paintings. For starters it is important to begin on a small canvas, gain confidence, understand compositions and go on for large canvas. Choosing the medium viz oil, acrylic is more important that the canvas itself.


There are many types of canvas that suit the medium and hence the combination has to perfect. Gold foil painting which is also a form of Mysore paintings is also a unique association. Canvas is a wonderful base for charcoal painting. Usually the best medium is acrylic as it is retained well on canvas and also stays clear when framed.  Textures on canvas seem natural and can be created with sponges, newspaper blotches or some artist also use rags. This is good to create scenery like mud, bush or faraway objects.


Stretching the canvas is also quite a procedure but its better to seek help if you are a beginner at the job. A lot of applications knowledge comes with experience and improvements in the raw materials that are available. The type of canvas comes in linen, jute, synthetic, cotton or linen. The ones in linen are rather taut and do not stretch flexibly.  The mono thread or double thread canvas can be chosen as per comfort level.


Prior to painting it is essential to choose a good area which is ventilated and yet free from dust. The canvas has to be absolutely dry before commencing painting. The privacy for the artist is a personal choice and hence seclusion will depend on his inspiration. A studio is ideally a professional way to begin painting but then a well lit, ventilated area is more than sufficient.