Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Madhubani Painting!

Madhubani Paintings, also known as Mithila paintings is one of the ancient forms of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal. I have never attended any class to teach myself Madhubani, I have never  met anyone who liked  Madhubani painting. I am very interested in Mithila art, As an admirer of this form of painting, and as a beginner was so delighted to read about this Painting  So I Goggled about it  and read through those very similar articles about Madhubani art and wanted to straight away draw...The Images taken from google and Madhubani art book.

 This Is first Try of Madhubhani In Pot

The Madhubani painting or Mithila Painting are originated at the time of the Ramayana, when King Janak commissioned artists to do paintings at the time of marriage of his daughter, Sita, to Hindu god Lord Ram.These paintings has been done traditionally by the women of villages around the present town of Madhubani (the literal meaning of which is forests of honey) and other areas of Mithila. The name is itself named on the village Madhubani.

The painting was traditionally done on freshly plastered mud wall of huts, The paints colors were made using natural dyes/pigments were traditionally derived from natural sources like plants, charcoal soot, ochre etc and painted using twigs, fingers brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, and is characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns.“

Madhubani paintings mostly depict nature and Hindu devotional events, and the themes generally revolve around Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Natural objects like the sun, the moon, and the religious plants like tulsi are also widely painted, along side scenes from the royal courts and social events like weddings. Generally no empty space is left; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric design

This is one art which requires patience ...the space is usually not left blank but filled with some geometric patterns and other small animals amidst the deities ! Painting the complicated designs is time consuming and of course perfection to fill in the small gaps ..

I loved the bold use age of colours, ornate floral pattern, double line border, geometric figures, flora and fauna in those beautiful Madhubani Folk Art... The designs of a Madhubani painting can be as simplistic or as complicated as you want them to be. Also, the colours can be as vibrant as you like. This is my first attempt at a Madhubani using water colurs and pen on paper.

Materials Required

•Cloth/Handmade paper

•Trace paper

•Fabric colours(for cloth)

•Poster colours (for paper)

•Black outliner

•Carbon sheet

Choose a design anddraw the required pattern on the trace paper and copy the design into the cloth/paper using carbon sheet.

The design pattern should be simple and clear ! It is often seen that traditionally there are only basic colours used like orange , green and red but you can add colurs like pink, purple, blue to make it more attractive.

You can make improvements in designs like changing the features of face, as it generally seen features in Madhubani are not sharp.

Make sure you have a border . It will add new dimensions to your painting

Over the weekend I have managed to finish this one...my first MADHUBANI Painting