Majestic and Affluent Lady

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Oil Painting on Canvas
Dimensions 3.0 feet x 4.5 feet
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This painting, rich in colour and texture, enlivens the theme and turn it to drama. The subject is a woman, no longer in her youth, but there is no stress on age, for not that, but womankind, or femininity is the artists' theme. If there is drama enacted on the canvas, the action is clearly defined by the mood. An emotive use of forms and a sensuous use of colour have found its way in this painting.

The lady of noble bearing is wearing white rich apparel with gold embroidery. She wears a velvet overcoat with a red inner and a peacock blue colour on the outside. This robe also has heavy gold embroidery. The clothes, together with the lady's demeanor speak of affluence. She has a wide face, a la Ravi Verma types, with a double chin and thick lips painted pale pink. That she is living in the lap of luxury is apparent from the attendants hovering around her. She is in the process of undressing. One of the attendants is helping her take off clothes, while another stands collecting the discarded clothes and jewellery. The latter is a negress wearing the typical headscarf. The former and the other attendants wear 'chadar' over their heads and shoulders. She is holding a smoldering 'huqqa' in her hand, which she has picked up from the small table lying close by. The lady after changing out of the heavy clothes will want to relax with the pipe, hence the prior preparation.

The foreground is tiled and a step lower probably leads to the lady's resting quarters. The walls in the background have niches painted on them. There is symmetry and pictorial geometry of Islamic tradition and then there is the sensuous and the mystical of Hindu art and letters.

This description by Kiranjyot.

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Oil painting technique – India centric

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.

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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