Monthly Archives: September 2020

Lisbon Zoo

We visited the lisbon zoo in 2019.It is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and is quite large and has a large variety of animals and birds some of which I saw for the first time, some of the animals included the giraffes,lions,elephants,penguins,dolphins and many more . There are also some amazing shows which are conducted these include the dolphin show and the bird show.We enjoyed the day and it is worth a visit., had a great time.

Kalamkari Painting

Kalamkari is a traditional Indian art form of hand-painting or block-printing on cloth. It refers to the ancient style of hand painting which is done with a pen using natural dyes . It refers to “Kalam” which means pen and “kari” means craftsmanship.

Motifs drawn in this ancient art include flowers,peacock and also divine characters from Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Kalamkari Art Styles

Kalamkari paintings are very detailed and complicated . This art is 3000 years old and it is originally from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. There are two distinctive styles of Kalamkari painting

  • Srikalahasti
  • Machilipatnam

In the Srikalahasti technique the pen or the “kalam” is used for freehand drawing and filling in the colors, is a complete handwork art.

In the Machilipatnam style, artists use carved wooden blocks and vegetable dyes to print patterns and motifs onto fabric, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh are two prime states in India where these two different types of kalamkari patterns are done.The Andhra Kalamkari borrows design inspiration from forts,palaces and temples of India while the Gujarat Kalamkari depict motifs of mythological characters like Krishna, Arjuna from Mahabharata, lord Ganesha, lord Buddha.

The Process of Art Painting

The process of kalamkari painting is very slow and dynamic. It goes through a process of resist — dyeing and hand printing. There are several treatments involved before and after the painting are finished.The colors change depending on the treatment of cloth and quality of the mordant. Every step in the process is done and with perfection.

The process of making Kalamkari involves 23 steps. From natural process of bleaching the fabric, softening it, sun drying, preparing natural dyes, hand painting, to the processes of air drying and washing, the entire procedure is a process which requires precision and an eye for detailing.Cotton fabric used for Kalamkari is first treated with a solution of cow dung and bleach. After keeping the fabric in this solution for hours, the fabric gets a uniform off-white color. After this, the cotton fabric is immersed in a mixture of buffalo milk and Myrobalans. This avoids smudging of dyes in the fabric when it is painted with natural dyes. Later, the fabric is washed under running water to get rid of the odor of buffalo milk.  The fabric likewise, is washed twenty times and dried under the sun. Once the fabric is ready for painting, artists sketch motifs and designs on the fabric. Post this, the Kalamkari artists prepare dyes using natural sources to fill colors within the drawings.

Incorporating minute details, the Kalamkars use ‘tamarind twig’ as pen, to sketch beautiful motifs of Lord Krishna, the Indian god and goddesses like Parvati, Vishnu, Shri Jaganath; designs of peacock, lotus; and scenes from the Hindu epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Kalamkari Colour

The colours used in Kalamkari are exquisite earthy tones of reds, blues, greens, yellows and browns. Women are depicted in shades of yellow, gods in blue and demons in red and green. The use of synthetic dyes is strictly forbidden and thus every colour is procured using natural means.

Kalamkari these days is not restricted to paintings and sarees only; many fashion attires also have kalamkari prints. Modern outfits are made out of Kalamkari print fabrics and are accepted by people of all generations. 

I miss those days

when I ran after the butterfly to hold its wing

when Ice cream and chocolate filled me with happiness and brought a smile to my face

when seeing the balloons brought joy to me

when looking at the rainbow brought happiness and also made me wonder with so many questions

when I made paper boats and saw it floating

when we siblings played Ludo and carom and when we had those innocent little fights

when we got wet in the rain and Mummy use to make delicious pakora

when I believed that Santa Claus actually exists

when I celebrated my birthday with everyone

when we went to school, had friends in the school bus

when we use to put white chalk on our shoes to make them to look clean

when I use to have total fun in the summer breaks and finish the holiday homework in the last few days

when we had silly fights with friends

Remembering all those beautiful days brings a smile to my face, I wish I could go back to that time

200 Likes

I’ve hit 200 likes I know this does’nt seem much but I am quite excited and happy and want to say a big Thank you all to all those who have taken an interest in my blog and have been following me and for all the comments and likes on my posts.

Thanks once again for your views and visits and do continue reading .

M.F.Husain

Born – 17th September 1915, Pandharpur Maharashtra India

Died – 09th June 2011, London

Nationality – Indian

           – Qatar

Maqbool Fida Husain also known as M.F.Husain was born in Pandharpur in Maharashtra, India. He was one of India’s eminent artist In 1930s he began his career as a painter by painting billboards of bollywood film industry.

Hussain was a great Indian artist known for executing bold and vibrantly coloured paintings in a cubist style. He was the founding member of the Progressive Artists Group. Most of the paintings include diverse topics like Gandhi, Mother Teressa, Scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharta.

Hussain also produced and directed several movies. Gaja Gamini in the year 2000 was made as a tribute to Actress Madhuri Dixit.

Awards

Padma Shri in 1966,.

Padma Bhushan in 1973, 

Padma Vibhushan in 1991, 

Raja Ravi Varma Award in 2007, Government of Kerala.

Honorary Doctorates from Banaras Hindu UniversityJamia Millia IslamiaUniversity of Calicut (2003) and University of Mysore.

National Art Award in 2004, Lalit Kala AkademiNew Delhi.

Aditya Vikram Birla ‘Kalashikkar’ Award in 1997 for Lifetime Achievement.

National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through the Eyes of a Painter, in 1968 India.

Golden Bear short film award for his film Through the Eyes of a Painter at Berlin International Film Festival in 1967 and purchased by Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York.

International Biennale Award in 1959, Tokyo.

First Prize at the National Exhibition of Art in 1955, Lalit Kala AkademiNew Delhi.

Bombay Art Society in 1947, Mumbai

Spanish Dance  

We visited Spain in 2019. Spain is famous for a number of things like Football, Bullfighting, Beaches, Gaudi Architecture and the beautiful Spanish Dance

We were lucky and had the pleasure to watch the Spanish dance at the Plaza De Espana in Seville. Seville the city is located in southern Spain. The traditional Spanish Dance form is highly expressive. It is a truly captivating dance form.It can be performed solo or by a partner . It is characterized by hand clapping and percussive footworks.

We had an amazing experience watching the dance. Presenting to you the dance . Hope you enjoy it

How to frame Art

Choosing the right frame can be a quite tricky and confusing . That is why today I am discussing such things and ideas with you which would surely help you.

To start with lets understand that the basic task of a frame is to provide structure and secure the art properly.Along with this the frame also enhances the art .

Now the first question which arises is that do all art pieces require to be framed or not. Mounted stretched canvas are smooth and it’s not important to frame them as they already have a wooden support at the back  and the sides of the canvas are stretched, but there is no rule if you want to frame it you can always go ahead and it will make your art look more beautiful.

There are some things to be taken care of while considering frames.

The type of art and its style can suggest its frame.For example an art of classical subject would look beautiful in a gold leaf frame or a traditional frame.Also as I discussed earlier that there is no fixed rule and you are always open to experiment and choose a frame which gels with your art and the room interiors.

In most cases large and big paintings look good in wide moldings . And at times we can also choose a multi-layered frame, which gives a totally unique look to the whole art.

In case your art is on a paper then you will need to first mount it at the back so that it gets a proper support and later can get it framed with a glass top.

And also always try to have a conversion with your framer . A good framer will always try to understand your art and suggest you the best.

Try and answer these questions, which will further help you in choosing the frame

1 Does your art look good when displayed?

2, Does your art fit well with the interior and decor of the room ?

  • How safe and secure is the art ?

And lastly when you are in confusion and doubt and not able to reach to a clear conclusion, try some combination in black and white . It looks classic and you may even opt for a neutral colours. But personally I prefer the classic black frame .

And remember a frame can make as much of an impact as a piece of art.

Book Review – Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting

Name of the book – Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting

Artist – JO Toye

Publisher – North Light Books

This is a remarkable art book. The artist Jo provides some great techniques and tips which help in creating beautiful projects.

The artist, Jo provides inspiring techniques. The book encourages the reader to experiment with new materials and tools and learn abstract art.Jo shares a number of techniques, She further works with a number of materials and tools and also provide step wise guide I each project.The book is divided into three parts . It has practise samples as well. Some of the techniques and materials used in the book are Resist Pens, Stencil,Sponge,Palette Knife, masking tape etc

This book is great for anyone who wants to do abstract art.V

Teacher’s Day

It is celebrated on the birthday of former President Sarvapalli Radhakrishan. He was a teacher and promoter of education

“The teacher is not the one who forces facts into the mind of the student but he who prepares him for the challenges of tomorrow.” These beautiful words by him explains how a teacher helps in making a student a great personality.

The future of a country lies in the hands of its children and teachers  lay the foundation to a child’s success in life and becoming a good human being.

Today as I remember all my teachers I would like to thank them for shaping me and always supporting me. There are some teachers who are always special in a students life . To me it is my class teacher in Class 8C, Mrs James.

Mrs James or ‘Maam’ as we addressed her was full of positivity; her vibes and energy were very high. She taught Maths which I never liked as a subject but she was very understanding and supportive . She was full of warmth and care. She boosted our confidence. She has helped me in becoming a better person and not to judge anyone.

Today I present to you an art conversation with my art Guru Mrs. Kamla Ravi Kumar, who not only helped me in understanding the subject but also made me realize my dream.

Her answers to questions are give below:

1.What do you like most about being an artist?

“It gives me the freedom to express my emotions through colour and design. It is also my stress buster. I become very calm and relaxed when I start painting or drawing and forget all my problems. I am very happy when I am drawing or painting.”

2. Did you always want to be an artist?

“From the very fact that I did an art course I knew that I wanted to be in the creative field and do creative things.

I have been an Interior Designer for nearly 10 years where I loved designing offices and residences. I started my studio to teach students and impart my knowledge about art and craft.”

3.  If not an artist what would you be ?

“ I would be an environmental activist since environmental well being is my next love.

I have been working with an NGO in Chennai, as a volunteer, teaching and creating environmental awareness to teachers and school kids.

I feel humans are abusing nature and the surroundings.”

4.What inspires you to paint ?

“My urge to create and translate my thoughts and emotions through my paintings inspires me.

In my first series of paintings, I explored the elements of nature.

Later, it was my fascination for Yoga that led me to teach and showcase Yoga and its amazing benefits through my art. I also have about thirty sculptures of Yoga Asanas and Yoga Mudra and twenty paintings of the various yoga asanas.”

5. What’s your work day like?

“I have a separate studio away from my home , which is my place of work .It is also the place where hobby artists and children come to learn from me.

I am in my studio in the morning for classes with hobby artists till lunch time. Here working women and home makers come to learn all types of media including water colours, oils, acrylics, charcoal or just pencil sketching.

I teach all the folk arts of India like Warli art, Madhubani painting, Gond painting, Kerala murals, Pichwai painting, and reverse glass painting.”

6, Can you explain any of your paintings?

“At my recent exhibition in January 2020, the one painting which was a favourite with all was the Badha Konasana ( Butterfly pose ) painting. The Bittil asana ( Cow pose) came next. In the Badha Konasana painting I am showing the human sitting in the Butterfly pose and how all the butterflies are rejoicing to see the human taking their shape .

A sculpture which was highly appreciated by viewers at my exhibition was my sculpture titled Dhyani mudra. Dhyani means meditation in Sanskrit. This is a typical meditation pose plus a sign of compliance.The palms of the hand are positioned like bowls in a lap.”

7.Any upcoming exhibition, where can we look for your art works?

“January 2020  started with an exhibition of my Yoga paintings and sculptures in Chennai.Due to the pandemic all art galleries are closed indefinitely now.

My works can be viewed on my website

www.kamlaravikumar.blogspot.com

  • Any Comments or Suggestions

“The younger generation hardly knows much about our folk arts and traditions. Every state in India has so much to offer in terms of art and culture which I try to teach my students. I wish the education system could include study of our Indian art and culture too in the curriculum.”

I once again would like to thank all my teachers , and wish you all a very happy teacher’s day

100 likes

Today evening I got notification from wordpress that my blog Bhavkriti – BHAVNA YADAV has received 100 likes. I know the number can be small but it is still an achievement and also boosts my confidence .

I would like to thank all my wordpress community, my followers and viewers .I am extremely grateful to all of you for reading all my posts and also liking them and commenting on them.

Do continue reading and give your views

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