Thursday, 21 April 2011
Colors and setting in Mithila painting.
Mithila paintings can be described as a style of painting, rather than a set of pictures. It employs natural colors, with the most popular being deep red - derived from Kusuma flower. The other colors include green - from Bel trees, black - from burnt jowar, light yellow - from turmeric mixed with banyan leaf milk and orange - from Palasa flower. The colors, which are mostly bright, are used to impart two-dimensional imagery to the paintings. Madhubani painters use a very unusual form of brush for the art. Handmade, the brush is created out of a bamboo stick, with its end being slightly frayed.
The subject of Mithila paintings is mostly religious, including motifs of deities like Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Ram, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Durga and Kali are also pre-dominant. The paintings also depict natural objects, like sun and moon, and religious plants, like tulsi (holy basil). Other motifs include scenes from the royal court and social events, like weddings, apart from activities from the daily life. In most of the cases, you will never find empty spaces in Mithila paintings. More often than not, the gaps are filled with paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs.
One of the basic characteristics of Madhubani paintings comprises of the vibrant and bold use of colors. Even traditional geometric patterns, which are related to, and support, the main theme is another typical aspect that one can find in the paintings. You will also come across distinctive styles, like double line border, elaborate floral patterns, abstract-like figures of deities and bulging eyes and a jolting nose (as a part of the face of the figures) in Madhubani paintings. In fact, all these aspects are what make this art form different from the others and impress the connoisseurs of art.