"The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If there is one thing that I tend to observe every little thing/experience is art - Art in every aspect. And I truly appreciate the artist behind them. And this Fashion Wheel by the Cuban-American fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo in Victoria & Albert Museum, London is a simple depiction that I loved from my visit.

I have a great affinity towards the color Blue. So much that at some point every perceivable thing around me was from the blue palette. Clothes, wall, my paintings, accessories, automobile, plants and you name it!

This video of blue pigmentation extraction from 'Lapis Lazuli' is a must watch for all Art enthusiasts.

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Warli Painting - Contemporary Tribal art of India

'Warli' is a tribe from Maharashtra. I had come across these kind of paintings while at school, but unaware of its name and origin. Years later this style became more popular and accessible.

The Painted World of Warlis, is said to carry on a tradition stretching back to 2500 or 3000 BC, similar to the murals of 500 and 1000 BC.

This is what the Tribes of Warli is said to have painted on the walls of their Hut. Clean unflaked walls, smeared by a layer of Cow-dung or red ochre earth, was their 'canvas' and the subject was based on simple forms of life and Mother Earth. Such as the circle inspired by the Moon and Sun, the triangle based on the mountains and trees, and the square, which has no natural equivalent and therefore used to symbolize sacred enclosures. Human bodies always represented with two triangles, which were given extraordinary quality of life and movement. It was just striking and refreshing.

'White' was always the color used for painting. Their white pigment is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding. They use a bamboo stick chewed at the end to make it as supple as a paintbrush. The lack of regular artistic activity explains the very crude style of their paintings, which were the preserve of the womenfolk.

Time for some innovation…
There were the few packets of colorful oxide powder lying in the garage. viz. Red-Oxide, Black, Blue and Green. Those were leftovers from my earlier Interior Designing experimentation.

For the surface - White hand spun cotton cloth was mounted on a board.
For the background - Paste of oxide dye and gum (binding agent).
For painting - Water based white paint.

Finally, here is the outcome.


In southern India, two types of gesso art are predominantly found.

# The Mysore style
# The Tanjore style

Each is influenced by the other and thus evolved to where it is now. I wanted to post a comparison chart of the two traditional schools of classical Indian painting, compiled from all those Museum visits and learning.

Tanjore Traditional Art
Mysore Traditional Art
Cloth base mounted on wood.Paper base mounted on canvas or wood.
For gesso effects, raw lime powder with a tamarind seed paste used.
White lead or Chalk Powder is used along with Arabic gum crystals.
Gesso is applied in high reliefGesso is applied in low relief
Gold coated silver wafers are usedPure gold wafers are used
The coating is less durableThe gesso work is long lasting
Numerous other ingredients like Perl, Mirror, beads, sequins and amber is used for embellishingTraditional works are devoid of such colorful decor.
Most depict scenes from Hindu mythologies specially Vishnu.Dress and ornaments reflect period fashion with close resemblance to the Mysore kings. Architecture, designs closely resemble to the houses and palaces of Wodeyars.

The characters are not naive and detailed as that in Mysore Style.Faces of common folk are shown round, while the faces of deities shown slightly elongated.

The paintings are mostly of Vishnu, his incarnations and characters that surround him.The paintings mostly evolve around Shiva.

picture: one of my Mysore Painting.