The Regal Courtesan Oil Painting on Canvas

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A painting finished with great skill, this splendidly dressed courtesan will attract numberless gazes of admiration wherever you put it up. Her piercing eyes - not to mention the rest of her - are bound to become the centre of attraction in your space. She is a symbol of the Indian and the feminine, what with her statement attire, sharp features, and jewels aplenty.
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Item Code: OU92
Artist: Anup Gomay
Oil Painting on CanvasArtist: Anup Gomay
Dimensions 39.0 inch X 49.0 inch
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A woman of such regal appearance as she stands at her door will tempt anybody to come in. In the decidedly Indian garb of lahanga with matching choli, this royal lady drapes a rich, silken dupatta over her luscious physique and holds it in place with her fingers. She rests the other hand on her hips, which transitions from her narrow waist at a sharp angle, accentuated by the lahanga's waistline that sits high on the hips but dips strategically below the navel. Her composure of countenance is highly self-assured; her gaze, superbly straight and confident. The very image of plenty, she exudes an allure that is decidedly worldly.

Decked up in an abundance of jewels, a royal lady could not look more beckoning. The numberless emeralds and rubies across her person lend her a bright, colour-ridden beauty. A jet black bejewelled choker clasps her neck. Strings of pearls of varying lengths and richly studded pendants flow down her undulating torso. Chunky amulets and bangles of glittering gold grace her plump, confidently held limbs. There is a ruby embedded in the brocaded waistline of her gorgeous lahanga, which is of a deep blue colour of silk and features rose-gold buds on the fabric. Her choli, of a complementary crimson hue and woven with precious booties, is cut so low that it serves to reveal rather than to conceal the orbs of her bosom; it fits so high on her torso as to bare her gorgeous midriff, leading up to her seductively deep navel, in its entirety. Her skin has the fluid glimmer of the tropics, over a clan of which her king rules.

The dupatta she wears over her head is of a resplendent, silken scarlet, the ample hem and booties of which are woven in gold. It rests on her luxuriant black mane, braided by her handmaidens with an exquisite tassel fashioned from gold and miniscule, matching jewels. Note how its great girth reaches all the way down to her hips. Her shapely face is framed by a band of gold along the hairline, intricately designed and studded, and jewel-and-pearl jhumke (ethnic dangers) that caress her cheek. Her statement headpieces include an ornate maangtika and an exquisite passa with a single emerald embedded in the centre. Soft pearls dangle along the entire edge of her headpiece, the pristine white of which bring out the rich, desert brown of her eyes as large as the emeralds she wears. Highlighted with gentle doses of surma and shadow, her superbly curled lashes almost touch her cheek. Her brow arches sharply, while the elaborate red bindi surrounded by pearly dots nestles amidst them. Her long, slender nose is pierced on both sides, a gold-and-ruby stud on one and a gold hoop strung with more jewels and pearls on the other. The latter gently grazes her glossy - almost moist - lips, which hold promises of supreme worldly treasures. The perfect curvature of her smooth chin completes the flawless beauty of her countenance.

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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