The Radiant Ganesha

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The radiant and peaceful divine rays formed in the background is a representation of Lord Ganesha’s cosmic persona, which the painter has creatively stroked in alternate shades of green and highlighted tinges in yellow that arouse from the sun-halo formed behind this crowned head. This oil painting is a perfect representation of Ganesha’s charm as he stands as the protagonist in the centre on a half visible designer pedestal. The deep skin tone of Ganesha’s body gives an intense expression of his divinity, similar to that of the cosmic sun rays that lead to a new beginning and a positive start.

Notice the beautiful interplay of yellow and gold colours as the painter goes on to express his aspects of luxury and spirituality in a single creation. The deep yellow silken dhoti and the contrasting royal red kamarband form a beautified aspect of Ganesha’s persona. Anup Gomay is famous for his artistic skills of focusing towards the details while portraying beauty and expressions. As you zoom in to the elephant head, you will be fascinated by the honey-brown eyes full of love for mankind and the aim to demolish the evils. The trunk coils a laddoo in it, and is decorated with a row of red leaves that extend till the forehead to form a trident mark, as a symbol of Shaivite tilak. The two serpents ornamented around his portly belly are a sign of him being Lord Shiva’s son. The startling gold jewels and the rich kingly crown are embellished with remarkable rubies and emeralds that complement his wondrous personality.

As per the Hindu iconography, Ganesha figures with two hands is a taboo, therefore he is depicted popularly in four hands or more, as also shown here and each hand has its significant action of divinity. As in this Ganesha oil painting, rear hands hold an axe and a noose respectively; frontal left hand carries his favourite laddoo and the right blesses devotees of being fearless. The yellow rays that fall on his sacred vehicle mooshakraj are a sign of it also being enlightened by the divineness of its Lord.


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Item Code: OU27
Oil Painting on CanvasArtist: Anup Gomay
Dimensions 24 inch X 36 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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