Friday, 19 June 2009

Maa Durga

''Maa Durga''
Pencil on acid-free, medium surface, heavyweight (150g/sqm.) paper
Two A3 sheets combined

The quintessential 'Tiya-pakhi' or parakeet sits in the upper left corner.
A huge marigold flower gives him company.

The ''Laal-jhuti kakatua'' or the red-tufted-cuckattoo adorns the upper right corner.
He sits next to another exotic-elaborate-fragrant flower.

My first elaborate Durga drawing could not be complete without the fish motifs!
After all, just as Bengalies cannot do without their adoration for Maa Durga,
they are just as incomplete without their sweets and fish-curries.
So, for the lower corners, I chose the fish motifs, also to signify the
all encompassing presence of Durga maa in the world that we live in.
Durga puja is a time when everything around is in celebration!

Finally, a very interesting detail, for me at least.
Vineeta from Artnilght had made this post in April about the lions of Mehrangad Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The photographs she posted stayed with me, in fact, I had commented on that post that when I draw Lions, I will use these as my references,
they are so wonderfully folk and rich in detail.
So, there you go, my inspiration for Maa Durgadevi's Lion!
I am happy with this.
Now, I am tempted to try to colour the white background with acrylics
and see how the different mediums, namely, pencil and acrylic paints, look against each other.
I am a little anxious that this experiment may spoil the pristine quality about this sketch.
Do you think I should try that or just stop here?
Finally , I have to start rendering this in canvas.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on the Maa Lokkhi post. I really enjoy reading your feedbacks and consider myself lucky for the fact that inspite of my irregularity in posting of late, you guys have been patient with me and came back to write when I finally did.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Dithi said...

A question to my readers(who have clicked on the 'follow this blog'' button: when I publish a post, do you all get updates or do you only get updates when someone comments under my posts? I found out that when someone tried following, he only got updates when a comment was posted.
I do not know what is wrong and why this is happening:((! How can I fix this, do I have to change my settings or something? Thanks for your help in advance. dithi

Anonymous said...

Hi Dithi,
That's right, I get updated only when a new comment is posted and not when you make the original post. Also, this is the first time I am able to comment in a long time- the blog home page just quit and closed every time I have visited in the last few weeks. I don't know if its my browser or some other problem. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that your Maa Durga illustration is so beautiful and that with every drawing, your style is getting bolder! Keep up the great work!

Dithi said...

OMG!!! I had no idea!!!!I now figured out that there is the problem in what is entered in the Post Feed Redirect URL but I have no idea how to fix this :((( Any suggestions?

Thanks Aditi for pointing this out, this is such an important issue and needs immediate attention :((

Parv Kaushik said...

my friend is a novice painter and i gave her ur blog address to look at your art and learn you r a tru artist and have a distinctive style!!!! really love your blog keep updating!

Maaya said...

Hi Dithi...Love your work, your choice of subjects and your bold sense of colours.I am a busy stay-at-home mom of 2 young boys and your paintings have given me inspiration to paint again! I haven't used blogger in 2 years but I think this link might help you fix the feed problem.

Dithi said...

Hello Parv! Thank you and hope wish your friend all the very best!

Hi Maaya! I am glad you found this blog interesting. Thanks for sharing the blog doctor link here. I have used that link and I think the situation is under control.

***A feedback from the readers on what appears on their blogger dashboards would be very helpful!***

bLu eYd YoGi said...

hello GORGOUS!!! have i told you lately that I LOVE YOU? and I am sooooooooooooo stinking PROUD of you?!?!?! you are BLOOMING girl! Like a big BEAUTIFUL flower! Thanks for your love & support! it's tough~ but, i'm hangin in there!
p.s. your drawing is FREAKING AMAZING!!! ~ and YES! why not color it in!!!

Dithi said...

Thanks E!

Fernanda R. Lima said...

Yep, i have the same problem...

But i´m here to tell you that this Durga is my absolute favourite!!!!
She is my protector, and oh i would love to have her painting in my house.... How much this would cost? And it is possible to send me in Brazil?



vineeta said...

Dithi, I hope I'm not too late in commenting- yes I am. I LOVE this sketch as is. Please leave it as is. but then its your call. Its gorgeous. I love your sense of design and the way you have cropped the fishes at the edges. And one look at the lion & I knew & you've been kind enough to mention that you've used the Mehrangad lions as reference. It has all come together very beautifully. Respect.

Dithi said...

Fernanda, I know how fond you are of Durga Maa and Ganeshji! I am not selling this one. But I can definitely make something for you and sending to Brazil is no problem at all, you would receive it by Swiss Priority Post in 10 days!!!I will send with a mail with the details...Soon!!

Vineeta, Thank God you finally saw this post. I thought of sending you a note after posting but I wasn't sure... I didn't want to spoil the fun of you finding this yourself!! The lions were really impressing and they go very well with my style of work as well! Coming from you, the feedback is a big deal for me, ''thank you''.

Sonia said...

Really nice drawing. I think it looks good as it is,but would also look good with colour.

Fernanda R. Lima said...

Dear Dithi,

I´ll wait for your email ;-)

And many tks for your kind words about my marriage.



Deviyani said...

Wow ! Brilliant. I can't take my eyes off this. Will you have prints of this ?

Krishna said...

Hi Dithi:
Loved your paintings of Ma Durga. Borrowed one to send an e-card to my family and friends.
Thank you and happy bijoya,
Krishna in NYC

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