A Young Woman Making Garland of Flowers

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Oil on Canvas
Dimensions 21 inches x 29 inches
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This portrait of a woman in the process of dressing up is positive and clearly defined as it also gives a psychological insight. Here, the artist has sought to combine illusionism with realism and the impact is there for us to witness.

The woman has a seductive physical appeal. The attire shows her in a semi-dressed state, revealing her slender, youthful arms. A thick chain with a pendant clings passionately to her neck and a stone studded necklace follows. She wears large ear studs and her nose ring drops kissingly on her bow-shaped red lips. Light colored, almond shaped eyes and a thin regal nose add to her beauty. Long, black, freshly oiled hair cascades down her back.

Self-engrossed in her thought and activity, she is stringing jasmine flowers to adorn her hair, keeping them ready on an earthen tray sitting on her lap. Roses lie in another tray waiting to be strung. A wine glass lies next to it symbolizing the intoxicating effect of the one standing aloft.

The cushion and the curtains are rich red in color, gaining a texture quality through comprehensive shading. The rich silk drape is mainly a volume inducing chiaroscuro. Various hues and tints of red are used liberally all over.

Depth, shadow, perspective is all a way of pictorially apprehending the real and the artist has done a wonderful work with their aid. He has been able to balance the naturalistic rendering of the face, anatomy, colors and the scene with full lyrical tenor (rasa) and expressive eloquence (bhav).

This description by Renu Rana.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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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