Krishna Mural Painting Reveal

Kerala Mural Painting

Remember the mural painting sketch from last week? My plan was to paint Krishna playing his flute in a serene place (Vrindavan) by the river (Kalindi). I love how they paint the skies and water in the Kerala mural paintings and was dying to do add one to my mural too. The waves in the water and the fish are so whimsical.  Was super excited to transfer my sketch onto my 22 x 28 canvas. I think I have told you before, I have this tendency to  run out of luck in the middle of a project, switch to Plan B, C, D etc…., and then finally pull it all together by some stroke of ‘more’ luck. So yes, sticking to this tradition, by the time I drew Krishna’s figure on the canvas I ran out of space at the bottom to add anything else. Plan B: No river :( more creepers…..maybe he is sitting under a tree … [Read more...]

           
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1…2…Baby steps in Kerala mural painting

Kerala Mural Painting

After my somewhat successful first attempt (by my standards :) ) at a Kerala Mural painting and ample support from all my friends and family I got the courage to try my hand at it again. This time my empty foyer screamed out for a picture. Ganesha, the elephant headed god, is considered to be the Lord of Beginnings in Hindu Mythology. What better luck than to have this remover of obstacles adorn my foyer? I researched several pictures online studying the color rules (yes, there are a set of rigid rules like lighter shades for gods, darker ones for the bad guys etc) sizing up the pictures to see what I could attempt next. Most of the pictures were pretty complex so I had to weed out bits and parts from some and combine some techniques from others to come up with my version. This … [Read more...]

           
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Lady in Red Orange

Kerala Mural Painting

Mural paintings have been part of Kerala (my home state at the southwestern tip of India) temple culture since time immemorial. The present day artists were kind enough to mainstream this beautiful art form by painting them on canvases with acrylics. In an instant the whole of Kerala fell under the mural painting’s spell. Like any loyal, artistically inclined Malayali (people from Kerala; our mother tongue is Malayalam hence the name) I too was spell bound at their beauty and the liberal use of bright colors.  By now, you would have guessed....ya on my last trip to India I went mural painting shopping. I met a very talented artist Saju Thuruthil and loved his paintings. But there was one problem. The house wasn’t built yet and we didn’t know where exactly we would hang the painting. We … [Read more...]

           
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