In school days, art class was elating and depressing at the same time. Great ideas, grand pictures in the mind, but execution – that was a different thing altogether. No wonder then that once the mandatory art class is done, we keep away our paints and brushes and forget about them, moving on to more manageable subjects.
With my daughter now in that phase of mandatory art classes, it is time to revisit the wonderful world of colours. And it has proved to be more colourful and wonderful this time!!
Krishna Raas in Warli:
Warli: The Warlis or Varlis are an indigenous tirbes or adivasis in belonging to the regions around Maharashtra and Gujarat border near the North western coastal areas of India.
The famous Warli paintings follow basic geometrical patterns: lines, circles, triangles and squares. The paintings are two dimensional. The inverted triangles not only form an apt representation for human bodies, they also symbolize equilibrium and harmony. Though I have used the images of Krishna Raas leela, male gods are unusual among the Warli paintings. Traditional Warli depicts common communal activities like hunting, festivals, weddings and so on. My artist friend, Sunita Sharma has done some beautiful and intricate Warli paitings depicting Hindu gods (http://sunita-sharma.hubpages.com/). Here I have borrowed her Radha Krishna and tried make them my own.
For the river Jamuna, I have used Australian aboriginal dot painting. Traditional colours for dot painting are the earthy ones – yellows, brown, red, white. Here I have added gold and silver acrylics to add some glitter that goes with the images above. Most indigenous painters used rocks and caves as their canvas. Traditional subject matter ranged from animals, birds, nature objects and also the dreamtime.
The beautiful background has been inspired by artist David Dunn’s aboriginal Australian paintings. Seeing his wonderful paintings, I could not help but wonder and find out how an Indian art form like Warli would look on this vibrant background.