The Lady with the Lamp

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Dimensions 36.0 inches X 47.0 inches
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What arrests ones attention, to begin with here, is the picturesque impact, on the visage of the subject intensified by the beauty with which light has been shown falling from one side making the rest of the figure enchanting. Highlighted against the dark backdrop, the lady with the lamp grabs your attention, for the patience with which the artist approaches it, and the treatment he renders to her .The light and shade play upon it most appealingly lending to it the the charm that makes the painting demanding a longer, lengthier look.

Reminding one of the fusion of the Indian traditions, with the technique of European academic art, the work achieves the realism it set out t .It reminds us also of Raja Ravi Verma's elaborately done works with similar subjects.

The story the lady allows you to imagine could be that of one lost in a reverie, while probably waiting fondly for her love . Bringing along the scenario of the traditional setup, where a woman is groomed with the conditioning of being so devoted a wife that her entire life revolves round her husband, who occupies the place of her God . The journey beginning with her being married off . Her entire goal then being that of religious surrender, of her body, and soul to her deity, her husband. That is the expression of the religious devotion that one deciphers in her eyes, while the rest of her is decked up beautifull ,impeccably and almost painstakingly, to be the source of utmost joy ( as opposed to pleasure,vis-a-vis the present scenario ) as if she was herself an offering at the alter of her devotion to her lord.

All put aside, that state of being, that anyone for that matter would or could acquire, would already have found his or her benediction, redemption, his or her blessing. Something akin to what the devotion of Krishna brought to Meera. That feel to it is what lends a weighty dignity to the work.

This description by Bhoomika Jain.

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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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