Tulsi Poojana

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The tulsi (holy basil) occupies pride of place in the Indian home and hearth. Usually positioned under the open sky, nourished by sun and rain, it is an integral part of the daily poojana (ritual worship) of Indian homes. The painting that you see on this page depicts a lady stepping out onto the terrace of her home one early morning. Having emerged fresh from her bath, she picks up the poojana kalasha and thalee in her gentle hands and steps out into the sun towards the tulsi to make an offering.

She is clad in a fresh saree of ivory-coloured silk, so new the creases are still intact. Zoom in on the endpiece that she has drawn down the front, lifelike folds painted with bold monotone brushstrokes. A thick brocade of gold defines the border, which is embroidered with a single thread of green. Ample gold ornaments on her person, studded with rubies and emeralds; these are indicative of her status as probably the eldest daughter-in-law. Such is the glow on her face that, in her ivory saree and gold jewellery, she is the very image of Devi Sarasvati.

Thick green vine frames the door behind her. In the background, one could see the quarters of the ground floor of her home. A quiet courtyard opens out before it, in keeping with the pre-independence architecture of the homes of the upper classes in India. Into the distance, a gorgeous palette of soft greens and yellows defines the Ganges as She reflects the glamorous rays of the early morning sun.

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Item Code: OS06
Oil Painting on Canvas
Dimensions 36 inches X 48 inches
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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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