The vibrancy of this painting lies in the expression of the Lord as well as the characteristic colour palette. His gaze is directed straight at the onlooker, a comforting reassurance in His large brown eyes for the devotee seeking His blessings. In one of His four hands is, of course, a freshly made laddoo. He is dancing on the soft petals of a peachy pink lotus blooming on inky blue waters, amidst a bed of lilypads. Add to that the rich olive yellow of His skin and the fiery glow of the sunset in the backdrop, and you have a palette that is unmistakably Kerala mural.
Like all Kerala murals, this one is a brightly coloured number with a markedly cheerful theme, albeit a devotional one. So dynamic is this composition that the Lord looks like He will break out of the painting any moment now.
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