Goddess Saraswati Attracted by the Cosmic Rays of Sun

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Maa Saraswati is the most beautiful goddess in the entire Hindu pantheon; she is the repository of knowledge which is why she is also worshipped as ‘Mother of Vedas’. This oil painting depicts the goddess postured in her extreme elegance and grace on a sun pedestal. She is so much attracted by the brilliance of Sun God that she seems to be dissolved in the bright and divine rays of the sun forming the background of this art. She is an embodiment of knowledge, art, science, and wisdom. The name ‘Saraswati’ means ‘elegance’ and ‘flowing’ representing the river of consciousness that enlivens creation.

She is adorned in a gracious ankle-length frilled dhoti of pearl white hue and a designer red blouse that matches with the royal red kamarband embellished by a gold jewel waist belt; the garbs embrace the beauty of her sun-kissed yellow-gold plumage. She is the wife of the creator (Lord Brahma) and it is opined that when Saraswati sits on the tip of the tongue, that speech is fulfilled. She is laden with charming stone studded gold all over her body and a traditional styled gold crown glorified on her head.

Chaturbhuja plays a beautifully painted Veena having ends of Hamsa, symbolizing harmony and intellect. The left anterior hand is postured down in a subtle mudra and the right posterior hand holds the divine book of Vedas. The peacock (her sacred vahana) behind the goddess’ legs has its feathers painted in amazing realistic strokes and two similar feathers accessorizing her long curly hair along with the large flower at the back. The opaque aureole formed by the divine white light enlightens her purity and a cosmic aura.

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Item Code: OV07
Oil Painting on Canvas
Dimensions 23 inch x 36 inch
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Crafting Masterpieces: An Insight into the Making of Indian Oil Paintings

Oil painting is the most interesting technique in art. Unlike other paintings or art forms, oil painting is a process in which colored pigments are painted on the canvas with a drying oil medium as a binder. This medium helps colors blend beautifully to create layers and also makes them appear rich and dense. Several varieties of oil are used in this painting such as sunflower oil, linseed oil, etc., and depending on the quality of the oil, a particular consistency of the paint is developed. With the use of an oil medium, the painting gets a natural sheen on the surface which appears extremely attractive. India is famous for its old tradition of making oil paintings. This art form was brought by Europeans in the 18th century and is now practiced by almost all well-known artists. Nirmal, a small tribal town in the state of Telangana is the center of traditional oil paintings in India where the local people practice it with dedication. Most Indian artists still use the traditional technique of oil painting.

Canvas of the required size is prepared

The artists use either a wood panel or canvas made from linen or cotton. Sometimes the canvas is stretched onto the wooden frame to form a solid base, or cardboard may be used. The canvas is coated with a layer of white paint or chalk mixed with animal glue. This mixture is then smoothed and dried to form a uniform, textured surface. The wooden panel is more expensive and heavier but its solidity is an advantage in making detailed paintings with ease.
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Sketch is drawn on the canvas

Now the artist starts to draw the subject of the painting on the canvas using the actual charcoal or a charcoal pencil. Sometimes, he may sketch with thinned paint as well.

Oil paint is applied using paint brushes or palette knives

Now that the rough sketch is prepared, the artist is now ready to paint. Oil paint, a special paint that contains particles of pigments suspended in a drying oil (usually linseed oil), is again mixed with oil to make it thinner for applying it on the canvas. Proper consistency of the paint is maintained to avoid its breakage. The most important rule for the application of oil paint is “Fat over lean” in which the first layer of paint is thin and later, thicker layers are applied. This means that each additional layer of paint contains more oil. This results in getting a stable paint film. Traditionally, paint was applied using paint brushes but now the artists also use palette knives to create crisp strokes. To paint using this technique, the edge of the palette knife is used to create textured strokes that appear different from that of a paintbrush. Sometimes, oil paints are blended simply using fingers for getting the desired gradation.
Smaller oil paintings, with very fine detail, are relatively easier to paint than larger ones. The most attractive feature of these paintings is the natural shiny appearance that is obtained on the surface because of the use of oil paint. The blending of colors looks extremely realistic and this is the reason why oil paintings are loved by everyone throughout the world.
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