Sunday, January 16, 2011

Portraits from pictures- bringing Rajasthan home.

© Nayna Shriyan
Knowing that I keep hunting for references to work on my oil paintings, my friends keep sending pictures from either their personal collections or their friend's , recently my friend sent me images of a friend's trip to Rajasthan.In the collection was an image of an old Rajasthani man, wearing a very traditional turban and the most interesting wrinkled face I had seen!!
Although I am not a trained painting artist, (having taken up metal work in my college ), I love experimenting and teaching myself to paint. When I saw this image, I knew I simply had to test my skills.

Here is the original image  and to the left is a capture of  the very first layer of paint, here I have just blocked in the major tones. This is the first time that I am working with a tiny double zero brush to make doubly sure that I get in not just all the fine details of this rustic Rajasthani face, but also hopefully the expression on his face, that seems to say that he miles away in his thoughts!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

" Till Gull ghya god god bola" Wishing all a Happy Sankranti !

Till Gull !!
Today we celebrate 'Makar Sankranti" here in India The day the sun enters the sign of Capricorn( also known as 'Makar') This festival is known by different names in different parts of the country, in the northern regions it is commonly call 'Lohri' and down south it is know as 'Pongal'
Essentially a harvest festival, it has many other things associated with it, for example the flying of kites. Kite flying takes on a mad craze with people of all ages, and not just kids, during this time. Many competitions are held and the state of Gujarat in the west had a statewide kite flying festival held, with everybody competing in creating and flying the most biggest, largest and innovative kites they could come up with!

         Here in Mumbai, Maharashtra, we too fly kites but the one thing that has stayed with me as a childhood memory is the phrase" Till Gull ghya god god bola" translated it means eat sweet til gul ( sweet made of sesame seeds and jaggery) and speak sweet words !! To me it makes sense to use this phrase not just on this day but on a daily basis. In our rush to get ahead, we seem to forget these simple thoughts.
I would like to wish all my readers a Happy Sankranti and of course " Till Gull ghya god god bola"
Not just for today but for the entire year :) !!!!

PS : if anybody is interested in making this sweet little preparation here is the recipe :)