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The princess is seated in a room full of warmth and compassion, spending the most comfortable time with her dasis where no one can disturb them and she doesn’t have to be dressed in her royal attires while in there. She seems to be fond of bangles, hence the two bangle sellers have come for her to try out new bangles. The bangle sellers are garbed in plain and simple lehengas of decent color combinations similar to the other dasis of the kingdom. The broad basket kept in front of them is fully loaded with bangles tied in sets of 12, in various colors of pink, yellow, orange, green, red etc.

Look keenly at the realistic expressions of each and every lady; the painter has used his utmost skills to portray the happy scene and the blissful feels with the help of their happy-to-go expressions and satisfying gestures. Princess is attired here in an elegant and simple deep yellow lehenga, decorated with a self-textured floral border. Although garbed in a yellow garment, but she prefers to buy red and golden combination bangles, because her lover (prince) likes this color of love ornamented on her. The sweet smile and sparkling eyes of the princess depict her fascination towards the bangles and the thought of her husband’s happiness on seeing them.

The walls of the room are painted in a setting golden brown shade with the picture of the prince riding his favourite horse explains his strength and victory. The dasi on the left corner has got water for the sellers as a welcoming gesture and the other two are discussing about the beautiful bangles that the princess adorns. The painter has used a soothing tone and shade of colors in this miniscule and the proficiency of his strokes is clearly visible by the clarity of the story behind the still scene.

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Oil Painting on CanvasArtist: Kailash Raj
Dimensions 46 inch X 34 inch
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Crafting Masterpieces: An Insight into the Making of Indian Oil Paintings

Oil painting is the most interesting technique in art. Unlike other paintings or art forms, oil painting is a process in which colored pigments are painted on the canvas with a drying oil medium as a binder. This medium helps colors blend beautifully to create layers and also makes them appear rich and dense. Several varieties of oil are used in this painting such as sunflower oil, linseed oil, etc., and depending on the quality of the oil, a particular consistency of the paint is developed. With the use of an oil medium, the painting gets a natural sheen on the surface which appears extremely attractive. India is famous for its old tradition of making oil paintings. This art form was brought by Europeans in the 18th century and is now practiced by almost all well-known artists. Nirmal, a small tribal town in the state of Telangana is the center of traditional oil paintings in India where the local people practice it with dedication. Most Indian artists still use the traditional technique of oil painting.

Canvas of the required size is prepared

The artists use either a wood panel or canvas made from linen or cotton. Sometimes the canvas is stretched onto the wooden frame to form a solid base, or cardboard may be used. The canvas is coated with a layer of white paint or chalk mixed with animal glue. This mixture is then smoothed and dried to form a uniform, textured surface. The wooden panel is more expensive and heavier but its solidity is an advantage in making detailed paintings with ease.
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Sketch is drawn on the canvas

Now the artist starts to draw the subject of the painting on the canvas using the actual charcoal or a charcoal pencil. Sometimes, he may sketch with thinned paint as well.

Oil paint is applied using paint brushes or palette knives

Now that the rough sketch is prepared, the artist is now ready to paint. Oil paint, a special paint that contains particles of pigments suspended in a drying oil (usually linseed oil), is again mixed with oil to make it thinner for applying it on the canvas. Proper consistency of the paint is maintained to avoid its breakage. The most important rule for the application of oil paint is “Fat over lean” in which the first layer of paint is thin and later, thicker layers are applied. This means that each additional layer of paint contains more oil. This results in getting a stable paint film. Traditionally, paint was applied using paint brushes but now the artists also use palette knives to create crisp strokes. To paint using this technique, the edge of the palette knife is used to create textured strokes that appear different from that of a paintbrush. Sometimes, oil paints are blended simply using fingers for getting the desired gradation.
Smaller oil paintings, with very fine detail, are relatively easier to paint than larger ones. The most attractive feature of these paintings is the natural shiny appearance that is obtained on the surface because of the use of oil paint. The blending of colors looks extremely realistic and this is the reason why oil paintings are loved by everyone throughout the world.
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