Sunday, May 26, 2024

Exploring the Art of Painting

Written By Aashirya Saraogi (Grade 5)

The strokes and shades of colour, the effects of a pencil, and the movement of the brush are what help put my imagination and thoughts on paper. Painting calms my soul and makes me happy in a way nothing else can, and that is why painting is my favourite form of art.

Paintings have been a way of expressing thought since the times of early men. They painted scenes of men and women hunting animals and natural aspects like the sea and river using pebbles, stones, and twigs. Over the ages, it has evolved in many ways. Stones and twigs have changed to fine pencils and brushes. Natural paints have now been replaced by acrylic and oil paints. The oldest paintings are found in the Bhimbetka and Pachmarhi caves, which depict gods and goddesses.

I mostly use coloured pencils and crayons for my drawings. Nature and landscape paintings are my favourites to paint out of all the rest. I enjoy it because nature does not have any rules; I can paint it however I want. But currently I am learning about Indian tribal paintings like Warli, Madhubani, and Gond. These are very different from nature drawings, as they have definite patterns and themes.

While I was still soaking in the details and finesse of tribal paintings, I got a chance to visit Jodhpur in Rajasthan. At the Umaid Bhawan Palace, I learned something that was unknown to me. The great Ramayana was depicted by the famous artist Norblin in a European way. I was charmed to see Sita as a European princess, and Lord Rama looked no less than a gladiator. Here, I learned that painting does not have any boundaries or rules. It is a free expression, so our Hindu gods can also be depicted as Europeans.

I was also amazed to see the miniature paintings at Mehrangarh Fort. At first, I thought they were plain and simple paintings. But the guide told me to look at them through zoomed lenses, and then I could see the minute and intricate details each character of the painting had. The patterns on the leaf, the filigree on the costumes of the characters in the paintings, and the carvings on the Jharokha in the painting were mesmerizing. But the most interesting thing was that the colours used in the paintings were made of different types of stones that had been grounded to form a paste.

I wish to go to Jodhpur again someday and learn this distinctive and one of the finest forms of art.

Featured Image Courtesy – Medium


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