Sri Sarada Devi | Framed Oil Painting

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Affectionately known as Ma or the Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi, Sri Ramakrishna's spiritual companion, was born on December 22, 1853, into a poor Brahmin family in Jayrambati, a village near Kamarpukur in West Bengal. This Sri Sarada Devi Oil Painting is framed and epitomises the loving and caring image of the Hoy Mother. Here in this painting central image of Sri Sarada Devi is rendered with meticulous detail, employing the traditional method of layering oil pigments to achieve a rich and lifelike texture.

 

The artist skillfully employs chiaroscuro, playing with light and shadow to enhance the depth and realism of the portrait. The artist even attempts to incorporate the beauty of Sepia into the painting by using nearly identical shades for both the primary picture and the background, and then brushing the entire painting with a Sepia tint.

 

The expression, which exhibits her concentrated stare on the beholder, demonstrates her ever-present concern for her children. Her posture in the Dhyani Mudra is indicative of her meditative lifestyle. The subtle interplay of similar colors accentuates the serene aura surrounding Sri Sarada Devi, emphasizing both spiritual essence and earthly grace. This artwork not only captures the physical likeness but also delves into the spiritual and emotional facets of portraiture, transcending mere visual representation.

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Item Code: LDC698
Specifications:
Oil on Canvas
Dimensions 30.00 inch Height X 22.00 inch Width X 1.00 inch Depth
Weight: 2.44 kg
Handmade
Handmade
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100% Made in India
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Oil painting technique – India centric

Oil painting is the most interesting technique in art. Unlike other paintings or art forms, oil painting is a process in which colored pigments are painted on the canvas with a drying oil medium as a binder. This medium helps colors blend beautifully to create layers and also makes them appear rich and dense. Several varieties of oil are used in this painting such as sunflower oil, linseed oil, etc., and depending on the quality of the oil, a particular consistency of the paint is developed. With the use of an oil medium, the painting gets a natural sheen on the surface which appears extremely attractive. India is famous for its old tradition of making oil paintings. This art form was brought by Europeans in the 18th century and is now practiced by almost all well-known artists. Nirmal, a small tribal town in the state of Telangana is the center of traditional oil paintings in India where the local people practice it with dedication. Most Indian artists still use the traditional technique of oil painting.

Canvas of the required size is prepared

The artists use either a wood panel or canvas made from linen or cotton. Sometimes the canvas is stretched onto the wooden frame to form a solid base, or cardboard may be used. The canvas is coated with a layer of white paint or chalk mixed with animal glue. This mixture is then smoothed and dried to form a uniform, textured surface. The wooden panel is more expensive and heavier but its solidity is an advantage in making detailed paintings with ease.
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Sketch is drawn on the canvas

Now the artist starts to draw the subject of the painting on the canvas using the actual charcoal or a charcoal pencil. Sometimes, he may sketch with thinned paint as well.
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Oil paint is applied using paint brushes or palette knives

Now that the rough sketch is prepared, the artist is now ready to paint. Oil paint, a special paint that contains particles of pigments suspended in a drying oil (usually linseed oil), is again mixed with oil to make it thinner for applying it on the canvas. Proper consistency of the paint is maintained to avoid its breakage. The most important rule for the application of oil paint is “Fat over lean” in which the first layer of paint is thin and later, thicker layers are applied. This means that each additional layer of paint contains more oil. This results in getting a stable paint film. Traditionally, paint was applied using paint brushes but now the artists also use palette knives to create crisp strokes. To paint using this technique, the edge of the palette knife is used to create textured strokes that appear different from that of a paintbrush. Sometimes, oil paints are blended simply using fingers for getting the desired gradation.
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Smaller oil paintings, with very fine detail, are relatively easier to paint than larger ones. The most attractive feature of these paintings is the natural shiny appearance that is obtained on the surface because of the use of oil paint. The blending of colors looks extremely realistic and this is the reason why oil paintings are loved by everyone throughout the world.
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