Tree of Life and Wild Animals in The Jungle

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Madhubani art (also called Mithila art) showcase themes like scenes from everyday life, religious festivals, and nature. One of the most used motifs with this art form is the Tree of Life, a simple yet impactful representation of the universe, creation, and life itself. This image of a Tree is a sacred symbol recognizable across many cultures, also symbolizing sustenance and provenance. This form of art also uses natural dyes (usually from ingredients found in nature such as flowers and plants). On this painting of the Tree of Life, the tree itself is vibrantly colored with white leaves accented with an orange backdrop. The trunk and branches feature black and white stripes.

Another hallmark of Madhubani art is that the canvas or paper is filled with color or pattern. This means that every inch of the space is covered with intricate patterns, highlighting the artist’s dedication to the finer details and their skill in creative execution. This aesthetic touch is highlighted in the painting, too: notice that all animals in the picture are surrounded by plants, effectively unifying the elements to the main subject which is the Tree of Life. Some animals depicted in the painting are birds, elephants, and cows. The leaves around the animals are painted in colors such as yellow and green which adds contrast to the rest of the other elements in the backdrop. These animals are all depicted under the shade of the tree, flocking under the tree that gives them life.

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Item Code: DO43
Artist: Vandana Devi
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Madhubani Painting on Hand Made PaperFolk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)Artist: Vandana 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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