Wednesday, 15 April 2009

'Shubho Naba Barsha'


''Durga with Ganesh''
 Pencil on moleskin

Today is Bengali New Year 1416!! 
This is what we say to everyone in Bengali:
''Shubho (auspicious)  Naba (New)  Barsha (Year)''

22 comments:

Rupa said...

Dee, the lights are back on LOL! I love the colorful banner, it's beautiful! Re the sketch on moleskin...wow, you used a special pencil? I thought moleskin is thick like suede. I like the beautiful eyes of Durga and Ganesha, I believe all Bengalis have beautiful big eyes! Must be from Durga devi?! Her hair, somehow I feel like she has blonde or silver hair that makes her look like a gracefully aged old woman...am I lettin' my imagination run wild?! Happy new year, we just had ours on March 17th...

island sunshyne said...

As usual, this latest piece is absolutely, positively STUNNING, Dee! Your work never ceases to amaze me.

And I'm loving the new blog banner - the bright colors are fantastic!

xo
Angie

dee said...

Rupa: Lol!! Lights are on indeed! I love the very over-the-top banner as well. I used caran-d'ache 351-2 pencil as well as a mechanical penc il. In fact the moleskin paper is quite fine. I like your interpretation of the grey hair, I guess that makes her look like my mom, I think I always have ma's face as a reference when I make these maternal images.
Belated new year wishes your way too! Which new year is this?

dee said...

Angie: thanks, new banner is eye-candy!

~ ॐ ~ said...

oh goodness !!!

this is so beautiful !!!

Dithi said...

Hi Prashant!

pink dogwood said...

I too love the banner and baby ganesha in durga's lap is just adorable.

DAIANE BORTOLON said...

beutiful... is just like i am feeling with my litle baby.. can i show your work in my blog?

Dithi said...

Bhavna: thanks!

Daiana: Welcome! Glad you like my work, feel free to post what you like, just send me a link if you can. Thank you!

Aigeus Kjell said...

I really love your work.

The way you paint the eyes is quite unique.

Congratulations!

Rupa said...

Dee, Ugadi is the new year for many South Indians. This year, it's called "Virodhi naama samvatsara". I think it's sweet that you think of your mom when you paint these maternal images. Very surprised to learn about the mole skin, I never knew you could draw on it. Is this your invention or is this commonly done? I don't even know where one would find mole skin for art! I only draw on canvas/paper etc. Wow, I sure do learn a lot from you, thanks for being so open in sharing your knowledge.

Bondhu said...

beautiful.....shubho nabobarsho to you too :)

Fernanda R. Lima said...

This has to be my one true favourite! Ganesha and Durga are my protectors. I really want a painting, how can we arrange this?

Chandana said...

Hi Dee...

Lovded the baby Gonesh and Gouri.

- Chandana

Tanima said...

Shubho Naba Barsha to you!

I stumbled on to your blog by searching under "Indian painting" in etsy.

I absolutely love your paintings.

I've been looking for contemporary folk art, especially Bengali!

I just had to write because we seem to have so much in common!

You love purple, lotus flowers, live in my favourite country, was born on the 14th of February (I was born on the 13th), and are bengali!
Are you also tall, 'cause that would be the kicker (I'm 5'11")!

Anyways so glad to have found your art, truly inspiring. I plan on buying some prints, and hopefully saving up and buying an original!

I think I have to start a blog featuring all the amazing creativity I find everyday!

Gwen Bell said...

Hi Dee,
This is my first visit and I'm in love with your unique style, vibrant color and the strong Indian influence. The baby elephant is a wonderful touch. You have a new fan!

Dithi said...

Rupa: I never knew about ''Ugadi'' up until now, there is always so much to learn and so many traditions in India that a life-time seems short to cover all of that. Moleskin is a preferred journal for artwork, especially, visual journaling and by no means my invention.In fact, I am using it for the very first time. They are so expensive here in Switzerland that I saved all three of them.

Aigeus Kjell: Welcome and thank you!

Bondhu: Shubho Naba Barsha:)

Fernanda: Good to know that I just painted your protector Gods. Write me an email and we will work this out. Looking forward...

Dithi said...

Tanima: Welcome to deezden and yes, we do have things in common. A second yes, I am tall, but no, not that tall. I am, hahaha, about 5,6''. All the best with your blog, see you around!

Gwen: Glad you liked this blog. The last sketch depicts the Indian Goddess ''Durga'' holding her son ''Ganesha'' in her arms. Thank you for the encouragement!

Dithi said...

Right now I am editing the html bit and try to finish it in between work (outside and at home)....so it is going to be a little messy these next few days with me experimenting with all sorts of colours and backgrounds. Just so you know what's going on.

Julie-ann said...

Oh I am so dreamy right now. This is the cutest, sweetest little dear drawing, with the cute little baby elephant! What a beautiful warm hearted artist you are!

Lynda said...

I love elephants, thats very cute! the shading is perfect :D

Pitu said...

Shoooooo cute!!!

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