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Fish Pair in Pond and Peacock Pair With Tree of Life

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The Tree of Life is a widely recognizable motif that represents creation and life. It is found in Indian art and even beyond and can be considered a universal symbol for life. As early as the Vedic period, there have been references on the tree of life. It is believed to be called as such as it is considered a manifestation of the Divine, a dwelling place of gods. This stunning Madhubani painting presents an artistic take on the usual representation of Tree of Life by adding peacocks and fish into the picture.

At the foot of the tree is a pond were a pair of fish can be seen facing each other. The fish (shaped like a yoni) is often considered as a symbol of fertility. It is also believed to be the first creations from the sacred rivers wherein it can freely swim and life, undisturbed by disasters like floods. Under the fish is a lotus flower which symbolizes divine power. Outside the pond sits a pair peacocks. These beautiful birds are also associated with power as they can eat snakes and survive the poison. Its eye-catching plumage does not only showcase its grace, but it is also believed to contain "eye" patterns on the feathers as protection to the evil eye. As a vehicle to Saraswati, the bird is also a symbol of love and beauty. The painting features soft hues of red and pink. Together with the signature Madhubani style of detailed and pattern-filled imagery, this soft palette creates a rosy picture of life and creation.

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Item Code: DO48
Artist: Poonam Devi
Specifications:
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made PaperFolk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)Artist: Poonam Devi
Dimensions 20 inch x 28 inch
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Colors of Tradition: Exploring the Artistry Behind Madhubani Paintings

Madhubani painting is also known as Mithila art as it is practiced in the Mithila region of India and Nepal. It has specifically originated from the Madhubani district of the state of Bihar. Traditionally, the women of this region created these paintings and in recent years, it has become a widely practiced art and has now become renowned throughout the world. This art expresses the creativity and culture of the people of Mithila and is passed from one generation to another. In this way, the heritage of Madhubani art has been preserved for many decades. The subjects of these paintings are usually religion, love, and fertility. Sometimes, social events like festivals, weddings, and royal court are also depicted in the paintings. The most commonly painted designs and themes are the forms of Hindu Gods and Goddesses such as Ganesha, Shiva, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Krishna, and Ram. The characteristic features of Madhubani paintings are their vibrant colors and eye-catching geometrical patterns. The empty spaces are filled with traditional motifs such as floral and foliate patterns, animals, birds, geometrical structures, and other designs. The local artists create these paintings using a variety of items such as matchsticks, twigs, brushes, pens, or even their own fingers. The paints are usually made with natural dyes and pigments.
As simple as it may seem, the making process of the world-famous Madhubani paintings is certainly not easy and requires lots of hard labor.
Traditional Madhubani paintings are done either on cloth, handmade paper, or canvas. Select the medium of painting as per your choice. If you have chosen cloth, attach it to cardboard to make a solid base. The making of the painting begins with making a double-lined border. This is a very important step because the border is filled with various geographical shapes and patterns or other motifs. The average width of the border is 1.5 - 2 cm. Now that the border is created, you will be left with a blank middle space. This is the main workspace. Start drawing your choice of figure, designs, and shapes. These must be relevant to the Madhubani painting themes.
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When the key design has been made, the empty spaces in between are filled with some designs.
Now is the time to color the painting using vivid shades and hues. Colors in Madhubani are sourced from nature; Indigo is used to produce blue, flower juice produces red, turmeric gives yellow, leaves produce green, cow dung mixed soot gives black, and rice powder gives white.
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To paint these colors, the artist uses a bamboo stick and wraps cotton around it. This acts as a traditional brush.
The entire painting is now painted using this special brush with natural vibrant colors. · However, in modern times, the common brush is used and instead of natural colors, artists prefer to use acrylic paints.
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Since the entire painting is made with natural materials and colors, it appears simple yet enriching. Originally, this art was created on mud walls or soil grounds but when it evolved over many years, the people of Madhubani started to make it on fabric and paper. Today, this art has become globalized and is receiving worldwide attention and appreciation.
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