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Opaque colors

When one talks of opaque colors, what immediately comes to mind is ‘poster colors’. Just like the conventional water colors, these opaque colors too are soluble in water however; the properties of these colors are different than those of watercolors. While watercolors are transparent, opaque colors, just as the name suggests, are opaque.

Opaque colors can be used as thick paints unlike water colors. In opaque colors, it is easier to make corrections after the color has dried. The beauty of opaque colors is that every conceivable tone can be achieved with varying amounts of white. Also, the exact tone can be mixed in the palette, and it will appear evenly on paper.

The use of thick opaque paint is a useful way to paint easily. Thick flat patches of the required tone are applied one over the other or adjacently. The best way is to start with middles tones and then gradually add lighter and darker tones as required. This is because; it becomes easier to estimate the tonal value as we progress.

Opaque colors come at an advantage especially when you want to paint things like a wall. A combination of thin and thick applications is just right to create the effect of a plastered wall.

Opaque over transparent technique is used for getting the best of effects from both the worlds. The transparent layer serves as a rich background over which the opaque effect adds lighter tones and highlights the desired areas.

Pointillism is another method that is used with opaque colors. This method was pioneered by Impressionists artists. In this method, small dots of paint are placed close to each other and the resultant hue is perceived by our brain which mixes these colors.


August 31, 2010 Posted by | Drawing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Radha Krishna Paintings

The love story of Radha Krishna is perhaps the greatest love stories in Hinduism. It’s a love legend that has stood the test of times. The entire Hindu population is fascinated by the love saga of Radha and Krishna. The idea of love has truly been exceptional in the world’s oldest religion. The relationship between Krishna and Radha has been extensively represented by different art forms. Whether its poetry, sculptures or painting or motifs, this relationship has served as a model for male and female love. A great many north Indian Hindu paintings have depicted this eternal love story.

Radha’s unwavering love for lord Krishna is much more than a mere love story. It depicts the human quest for union with the divine. These paintings are wonderful representation of Krishna’s loving interplay with the ‘gopis’. In a way, the interplay is symbolic of connection between God and humans. This bond has been considered equivalent to bond between husband and wife. This is also the highest form of devotion in Vaishnavism. Radha Krishna paintings are cherished by art connoisseurs all over the world. One can find these paintings in temples, art museums and at several other religious places.

Radha and Krishna had a childhood bond which later on converted into love during Krishna’s life in Vrindavan. The religious books and paintings portray different facets of intimacy like play, song, dance etc. Radha kept waiting for Krishna while he was busy managing the universe. Her love for the lord was so great that even today Radha’s name is uttered whenever Krishna is referred to. Without the deification of Radha, the Krishna worship is considered as incomplete.

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Ancient Indian Art, Indian Paintings | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


One of the most traditional and popular method of dyeing in India is Bandhej. In states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is also known as Bandhani. The most fascinating aspect about this tradition is usage of color. Most of the colors being used are vibrant and bright like green, black, red and yellow. It is practiced in many parts of India. As far as base color of the textile is concerned, it is normally a light shade of pink, blue, brown or turquoise. You have to see the final outcome to exclaim Wow! The effect is more than stunning and one will be forced to appreciate the dyeing practice.

Most of the readymade garments and female attires like dupattas, kurtas, saris, lehengas, skirts and salwars bear testimony to this practice. One can witness some very beautiful designs and patterns used in Bandhani. Many clothes have designs of animal and human figures which is obviously an elaborate and delicate process. Chikhara and chandokhni are terms associated with attires meant for brides. Basant bahar is associated with pattern that has vibrant colors of spring season. Chokidal is the deisgn with elephant and other animals whereas mor zad is for peacock pattern.

Bandhej is quite a simple and yet highly effective process. Patterns are created with utmost care and are given full time. Many of the intricate designs take no less than a week. Cloth is often bleached and folded into layers. The thickness of cloth decided the design. Trying and dyeing of silk or cotton clothes is the main essence of this process.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Indian Art | , , , , | Leave a comment


Minimalism is one of the most appealing forms of painting media. It is basically an art form that solely focuses upon core expressions. Only the most fundamental features of the theme are covered in this form and it is sans any extravagance or unnecessary decoration. In general sense of the term, minimalism uses simple geometric design and the usage of colors is quite limited. The minimalistic form had its quota of criticisms and rejection in its eventful journey. It was given several unflattering terms like authoritarian, futile, elitist, mechanistic and pedantic etc. But the main strength of this form is its rejection of any kind of self-expression, narrative, social comment or any specific need of approval. Minimalism aims at creating objects of beauty and interest.

The origin land of Minimalism is USA. Black paintings of legendary Frank Stella bore first signs of minimalism and these works also inspired other artists to go for this new style. Initially, sculptors were the major followers of this form than the painters. An exhibition named, ‘Primary Structures’ held in New York in 1966 left an indelible mark in the history of art.

David Burlyuk is credited to be the first artist to make the term ‘minimalism’ a popular one. This term was used as early as 1929 but it came into prominence during 1960s movement. Initially, this movement was not given its due importance but things changed drastically afterwards. As a painting style, Minimalism is quite precise and hard edged. All in all, Minimalism is a wonderful form of painting.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , , , , | Leave a comment


Gulam Rasool Santosh was a talented artist who had terrific control over two of the most enticing art forms, painting and poetry. He made a wonderful mixture of these two diverse mediums to express on his canvases. His paintings had certain element of his birthplace, the ephemeral beauty of Kashmir valley. His art works were beautiful and aesthetic and that what endeared them to viewers.  Born in 1929 in a middle class family in Kashmir, he always had a thing for natural beauty right from the very beginning. He started to draw since the time he was in class II. He initially focused on beautiful landscapes of Kashmir and did many of them before he moved to some other themes.

He did study art till higher secondary but he had to abandon his study midway because of family responsibility. One unique aspect of his paintings was fascinating depiction of geometric shapes and theme of Kashmir figuring predominantly in his works. Santosh’s work evokes certain mysticism about the valley. He was extremely good at perceiving the natural beauty of Kashmir in a semi-abstract form and that’s what distinguishes him from painters of his ilk. Geometric shape helped his works in creating a harmonic feel.

Santosh also covered cubist landscapes that brought him great fame and name. He organized more than 30 exhibitions of his art works. Santosh was a recipient of the Lalit Kala Academy award and in 1977; he was honored with the Padma Shree. He died in 1997 in New Delhi.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Indian Artists | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fake Artwork

They say, art inspires but a little known fact is, art also inspires in not so positive way. The way, Indian art has moved on to world stage, there is a danger lurking in the corners. Yes, I am referring to fake art. Now a day, it has become common news to find fake arts. Most of these fake arts have been super copy of original works of great art and many art buyers have fallen victim to fake artworks. Such fake works are so skillfully created that it becomes really difficult to identify them. But solutions have also arrived. Thanks to the technological revolution era, we are living in; we can take help of new age equipments to identify fake work.

Arte experts use techniques like radiography, microscope, dating techniques and chemical analysis to identify fake art. Now, it is possible to identify even a centuries old art work using radio carbon dating technique. Things that are invisible to naked eyes can be identified with the help of x-ray photography and infrared. Artists’ fingerprints can be revealed with the help of X-ray fluorescence. Old paintings develop fine cracks known as craquelcure. These cracks appear because of environmental issues and factors like air and dust. Craquelcure can only be found in old paintings.

Digital authentication is another effective method through which fake art work is identified. In this technique, a picture is broken down into parts called as sub bands. With the help of these sub bands, the originality of art work is established. Apart from these techniques, several other new methods have arrived to help us in identifying fake works.

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Contemporary Art | , , , | Leave a comment

Indian Pottery

One of the ancient arts of India that has continued to exist even today is Pottery. It was practiced during old ages and even now one can see pottery work in many parts of the country. It’s tough to exactly pinpoint the date and time of origin of this art but it is being suggested that Neolithic period witnessed the advent of pottery. Many handmade pottery objects have been found that belonged to Neolithic age. These objects are in various colors like red, black, cream, white and orange. Utensils that were used included jars, bowls and vessels. Wheel made pottery was found in excavation. Archaeological sites of Harappa and Mohenjodaro have been found with several handmade potteries.

 If we talk about Indus Valley civilization then relics found were basically red wares that were black painted. Indian pottery went through sort of evolution as the time panned out. New styles of pottery emerged during subsequent era. One of the oldest form of pottery is unglazed pottery that has been in practice since centuries. Unglazed pottery is divided into three types of paper thin pottery, scrafito and highly polished pottery.

 The era of glazed pottery began in 12th century AD; these were fine potteries of Persian models. Terracotta is quite common form of pottery in many parts of India. Lastly, Papier-Mache pottery is made up of paper pulp. All these pottery forms are still in existence and practiced in many parts of India with fervor.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Indian Art | , , , , | Leave a comment

Painting Themes

Indian paintings are a visual encyclopedia of thousand of themes presented beautifully. All sort of themes can be witnessed in the Indian painting world including, religious or secular, exotic or classical, royal or rural etc. other fascinating themes include, animal figures, God and goddesses, court scenes, romance, nature, mythology, folklore, literature and so many other things a like includes and has to offer. Imagination rules the roost when it comes to draw art masterpieces and Indian paintings represent wonderful amalgamation of reality and imagination. Painting themes also reflect India’s famous unity in diversity structure. Art known no religions but when it comes to creating art, every religion offers its own special things including, nuances, vast metaphors and rich associations, humanization of peculiar Gods and characterization of people and just about everything.  I would be writing down few of the most popular themes used by Indian as well as international artists.


  • Halo Painting
  • Village Paintings
  • War Paintings
  • Watercolor Landscape
  • Abstract Landscape Paintings
  • Acrylic Landscape Painting
  • Romantic Landscape Painting
  • Spiritual Motifs
  • Urban Landscape Painting
  • American Landscape Painters
  • American Landscape Painting
  • Elephant Paintings
  • Figure Drawing
  • Bird Painting
  • Camel Paintings
  • Cat Paintings
  • Chinese Landscape Paintings
  • Christmas Paintings
  • God Paintings
  • Green Tara Thangka
  • Impressionist Oil Paintings
  • Landscape Oil Paintings
  • Mughal Love Paintings
  •  Mughal Court Paintings
  • Panel Painting
  • Pet Painting
  • Pwar Paintings
  • Radha Krishna Paintings
  • Oil Paintings of Flowers
  • Oil Painting Landscape
  • Oil Portrait Paintings
  • Paint Landscape
  • Paintings Of Landscape
  • Renaissance Landscape Paintings

September 18, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , | Leave a comment