Friday, January 25, 2013

Friends - Gond Painting

Nature is always an inspiration, one just needs a little bit of time and eye to look around and savour it. I feel closely connected to nature around me; nothing much here though when you are living in a concrete jungle. Still whenever we steal a tiny bit of time we try to spend some quality time enjoying what is left of nature, lately. My husband is not much of a travel person, he has however complied to my earnest appeals after a long time :)

Birds and blooms are very close to my heart; by late last year I had painted this picture after the Gond style.

Gond paintings belong to India's largest indigenous tribal community situated in the heart part of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Gonds are of Dravidian origin and can be traced back to Pre-Aryan era. The word Gond comes from Kond which means green mountains in the Dravidian idiom. Their art is supposed be an expression of their everyday quest for life. They decorated their houses and floors with traditional tatoos and motifs.The fine lines, dots and dashes of traditional Gond Pradhan motifs were introduced to the world by the late painter J.Swaminathan, who discovered a talented seventeen year old Jangarh Singh Shyam decorating the huts of Patangarh in Madhya Pradesh. Jangarh's meteoric rise to fame was marked by his acclaimed exhibitions in Paris and Tokyo and ended on a tragic note with his suicide.

The legacy of Jangarh is captured in the artistic brilliance and creativity of his family who he had mentored in this traditional art form, and thus came about the resurgence of a whole new generation of Shyam.

This is my interpretation of the style;I haven't exactly followed the Gond style though.

   Friends - Acrylics and pen

 Close up


So what do you think about this? Do leave your views and opinions, would love to read them :) 

ps: Linking it to illustration friday after a very long time... The topic is 'Wings'...I thought birds are synonymous with wings for they being the free spirits...and here though they aren't projecting the wings they do intend to take the sky sooner or later :)

Linking it to Paint Party Friday, Show and Tell Saturday@ Artists in Blogland and Illustration Friday

Ref: http://ignca.nic.in/tribal_art_intro_gonds_mp.htm
             http://www.gondtribalart.com/


 

36 comments:

Disha said...

Hi Deepa loved your gond art totally. Hopped on to your blog from PPF and found it very interesting. Following you now.
http://designdecoranddisha.blogspot.in

Giggles said...

Very pretty painting...interesting technique...very nice!!

Happy ppf!

Hugs Giggles

R Niranjan Das said...

Brilliant work!

www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love your interpretation with the triad color palette of primary colors and patterns.
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Kim said...

Wonderful texture and color, these are fascinating! Happy PPF!

Beansieleigh said...

LOVE this!! Beautiful work!.. Enjoy your weekend! ~tina

La Abela said...

An interesting technique and the result is good. Saludos

Gloria in CA said...

Hi Deepa. I love your birds.Very colorful and friendly feeling. Excellent job. I like the way you try different things. Yay for you!! Have a wonderful day.

Linda said...

love this nicely vibrant and textured piece! I love reading about the Indian culture-just saw disha's post (also from PPF), became her follower, and am now also one of yours :) Happy PPF!

Netty said...

Loved reading your interesting post and seeing the beautiful results, am so loving those fab birds. Enjoy the weekend, happy PPF, Annette x

JoyCorcoran said...

It has a tactile feel to it, almost like it was embroidered. I stood back from it and then looked close. It really invites you in to see just how the patterns form the composition. Thanks for sharing!

Siggadisart said...

Hi, think your birds are beautiful Deepa love the white dots doodle.. I think you missed my last week ppf can you go and take a look, please.. http://siggadisart.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-celebration-journey-book-2013.html?m=1

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I liked finding out a bit abour Gond Art... hadn't heard of it before and look forward to seeing some more of it... I am of to google in now and find out about it... great post...xx

Alicia C said...

this is so cool! Gond - had never head about it! love learning new things. beautiful parrots too! so sad the guy killed himself..

Jessica Sporn said...

I love your birds, but I also love and so appreciate all the background you give us for these beautiful ancient styles. Thank you! Happy PPF!

Lynn Cohen said...

Such an interesting style with all the dots! They are quite beautiful, these bird paintings! HPPF too!

Gina Sismilich said...

I love your painting - the colors are just fabulous. I am not familiar with Gond style - but as they say "I know what I like". Happy PPF

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful painting, thank you for sharing this interesting technique! <3

craftattack said...

Hi Deepa, thanks for visiting my blog! I love your colourful birds, bright colours are things we are missing here in our cold and snowy winter! Hugs, Valerie

Shanthi said...

Great texture n vibrancy.

Shanthi said...

Great texture n vibrancy.

Carol L McKenna said...

These are beautiful ! Lovely art work style ~

Carol of: A Creative Harbor

rama said...

Loved the painting.Very cute parrots and the color contrast is also very good.

denthe said...

Never heard of this technique. Looks lovely!

Ritu Dua said...

Bright and cheerful as the friends should be :)Interesting post and inspiring too :)

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Learn something new every day. Thanks for sharing. So glad you can get out to see some nature now and then. Your birds are so pretty and colorful. HPPF

Carolyn Dube said...

Beautiful! Great style!

Faye said...

Hi Deepa, thanks for the education about this unusual style of painting. You have made quite a beautiful painting using the primary colors and maybe some secondary colors (I can't quite tell if that's green and orange I see or if my old computer is deceiving me!). Dubai sounds like an exciting place to live. Maybe lacking a lot of trees, but I'm sure there must be lots of parks with transplanted trees. At least you probably are not expecting to be pelted with freezing rain, as we are tonight. Keep up the good work. Your paintings are refreshing and cheerful. And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such an encouraging comment.

Leovi said...

I like those colorful birds, good job.

Kristin said...

I LOVE it - Loving the bold colors and tiny dots especially - and love your spirit :) Thank you for your sweet words and visit, xoxo

vandana craftsia said...

Loved your Gond painting Deepa, simply admire the way you add a twist to a work making it so much your style. Liked the bright colours and the clean design.

Vishal Rathod said...

Lovely art . saw it for the first time .

Ashwini said...

Gorgeous birds!!

magiceye said...

Beautiful work Deepa!

AmitAag said...

Great work Deepa:)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful.