Monday, 31 May 2010

Maa Saraswati

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'Maa Saraswati' (Goddess of Knowledge and Learning)
Medium: Acrylics
Mount: Canvas Board
Size: 22cm x 27cm
Varnish: Matt + Glossy
Commissioned work.
This was the sketch for the painting.
Here are close-ups of the detailing:
'The Goddess Saraswati is often depicted as a beautiful, light-skinned woman
dressed in pure white, often seated on a white lotus
(although Her actual vahana is believed to be a swan), which
symbolizes that she is founded in the experience of the Absolute Truth.
Thus, she not only has the knowledge
but also the experience of the Highest Reality.
She is mainly associated with the color white,
which signifies the purity of true knowledge.'

The requirements out of this rendition for the collector was
not a heavily religious undertone, but an imagery depicting Saraswati Maa
seated in the lap of nature, playing the Veena in the full bloom of spring.
In the traditional depictions and descriptions of the Goddess,
she is believed to be adorned with pearls.
I have added a very Bengali touch to her jewellery with the Gold earrings
in the shape of, and named after, 'Kaan's or ears.
Though this one is a small painting, it has a lot of detailing.
The Veena, for instance required some research in getting the structure right;
a majestic instrument indeed.
The varnish, to my mind, has added more depth to the painting
in terms of how it reacts to light differently in certain areas than in
some others. I have worked with both matte and glossy varnishes this time.
You can see what I'm talking about here:
This is one of the only two paintings I've been working on last month.
Personal life and social commitments had completely taken over.
This piece was requested by family friends
who wanted to gift this for their sister's PhD thesis defense,
which was around April end.
Originally timed for then, I have taken much longer to finish this piece :(
However, I am really happy with the end result.

This forced break may have extended some deadlines,
but I think I've got back to work with a fresh mind and renewed energy.

For all of you who have written to me over the last couple of months,
including mails with commission requests,
I am really sorry for not having responded yet.
I'll take up all my pending responses and try to answer your requests by and by.

Many thanks for your patience and love.
Missed you all - a LOT and am SO glad to be back :)!!

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