Monday, January 28, 2013

Indian Art: Warli Art (Maharashtra)

Today I am sharing about Warli art. A very popular art form of the region I am living in .....Maharashtra. You can connect with me on Instagram (click here) to check out some random images that I share every now and then. 

                                                                Warli Art
Warli paintings have gained global recognition for its simplicity and beauty. This is the simplest form of art that uses geometric shapes like circles, triangles and lines.

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Origin: It is said that Warli Art was first discovered in early 70s. While there are no records of the exact origin of this art, its roots may be traced to as early as the 10th century AD. Warli folk paintings are from Maharashtra. Warli is a name of the largest tribe in the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western India. The word “ Warli”  means a piece of land or a field. Art is inspired by nature and depict social life of Warli tribes.

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Style: This art form unlike other Indian art forms do not depict mythological characters or images of deities, but depict social life of the Warli tribe. Warli tribes decorate their hut with Warli painting on walls. The ritual paintings are usually done inside the huts. The circle and triangle are inspiration from nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only square seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. Central motive in each ritual Warli  painting is the square, known as the "chauk" or "chaukat", mostly of two types: Devchauk and Lagnachauk. Inside a Devchauk, you will find Palaghata, the mother goddess, that symbolizes fertility. Significantly, male gods are not usual among the Warli.

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Process: All the objects in the art are in a geometric shape of triangle, square or circle. Paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square. Representation of human and animal bodies are done by two triangles joined at the tip; the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. The walls are painted with a mixture of branches, earth and cow dung, making a red ocher background for the wall paintings. Warli tribes use only white for their paintings. Their white pigment is basically a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding agent. Bamboo stick chewed at one end is used as a paintbrush.
The image below is a work of the tribal community in Maharashtra and shared by Dokka Srinivasu who blogs over at Heritage Of India.

Now sharing here is an image of wonderful transformation of a place from stark to fabulous. A very beautifully done Warli art that my friend has done on her terrace wall. You can read a complete story about this transformation and can find more images on her wonderful & lovely Facebook page 'Love and Care'. Do let her know your love and care by comments and likes. Don't forget to like her page.

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This is the simplest form of art and can be done by anyone after a little practice. I also tried my hand at this art. I did Warli art on this pot that I used for Karwachauth. Painting on this pot is depicting a happy couple and the moon on the night of Karwachauth.

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Hope you enjoyed reading through this post. Let me know your views in the comment section below.
In case if you have missed my earlier posts on Indian Art find them below:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beautiful Gift

It  always feels so great to be at your parents home and spend quality time with them no matter how old you are or how much you have matured. With parents still you are like a kid. One such sweet experience recently I had when I visited my parents few days back. They showered all their love and care on me.
Everytime  I visit them they overload me with loads and tons of gifts. My mom knows my test well so she gave me a very beautiful set of coaster made of wood. Have a look....

I really like the way it blends with rest of the furniture in my home. Wood carved so beautifully and in a simple way. 

I have lot of coasters but I think this one is very special because of its simplicity and raw look.

Design carved on it is not intricate but looks lovely.

Reflection on glass is making it appear even more beautiful. How do you find it, leave you comments below I would love to hear from you.

Monday, January 21, 2013

I Am Back

I am back after a short, happy & refreshing vacation. It was my youngest sister's marriage and I enjoyed it immensely.  After traveling to several places in a short span of time, rather than feeling tired I am feeling so refreshed and filled with intense energy. This vacation was kind of energy booster.

It's Monday and time to get back to work. Monday's a thought for you....

So try to keep yourself busy, find some time for everything and everyone :)
If you have missed my earlier post 'Inspiring Eminent Bloggers' then find it here and let me know your views.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Inspiring Eminent Blogger: Himadri Pachori

New year and new beginning.......from today I am starting a very new and of-course interesting series called 'Inspiring Eminent Bloggers'. This series will feature interview of bloggers who have excellence in their field.... interesting isn't it !! 
First blogger to feature here who caught my attention and I was totally awestruck by her artwork is very talented and inspiring Himadri Pachori who blogs at My Zen Mode.  Looking  at her blog header itself can give you a fare idea that how talented she is.

Blog Header: By Himadri
Welcome Himadri, I am really very happy to have you here on Design Decor & Disha. Please let me and my blog readers know little more about you.
Thank you so much Disha for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to share my story with your readers. I am 29 years old. I am married to a wonderful and very supportive man. We have a four year old son and currently we are in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. I studied Advertising and Public Relations in college and worked in that field for some years.

Himadri Busy Tangling

When and how you realized that art is your passion and when you started Tangling?
My first memory of Art is of standard one and over the years I found myself getting attracted towards beauty of art, paints, paintings and sketching. But it took me many many years to tell myself that I want to be an artist, that art is very important for me and then voicing these inner desires to the people around me. It was after my marriage five years back that I decided to work on this dream.
In these five years life was very busy. We shifted our home nine times and in different parts of the country + I gave birth to my son in 2008. I shared my love of art with him and enjoyed it thoroughly, although I didn’t paint or drew much for myself. It was only last year (December 2011) that I saw some Zentangle Inspired Artworks on Pinterest and I immediately knew that it was for me. “Leaves from my garden” was my first Tangle work.

Himadri's Beautiful Artwork

How you started writing a blog and how you find blogging?
I started blogging in May 2010 when I started my blog first blog Mum Paints Lives. I started it to journal my kid’s growing up years, to share the art and fun activities we do. I loved it but I have been irregular with my blogging. I am now focusing on my art blog My Zen Mode that I started last year. Blogging is a beautiful way of documenting and it feels really good to go through our older posts. I’d definitely try to be regular with my art blog.

What are the tools you use for Tangling?
I use Micron Pens. For colors I use water colors and acrylics. I work on paper and sometimes on canvas as well.

Lovely Tangles By Himadri

Would you please share some tips with my blog readers on how to draw Tangles.
Tangle Pattern Website is a very good resource for this. My Pinterest Board can also give you a glimpse of tangle artworks from many artists.

What inspires you the most?
Nature, Women, Tribal art, I enjoy looking for inspiration around me, places I go and in everyday life.

Nature, Women inspired art

 Other then Tangling what are the things that you love to do?
I like working on seasonal crafts for my home and crafts for festivals. I really enjoy art and creative projects with my son.

Please share the links where we can find your Art work and where my blog readers can get connected to you.
My artwork can be seen on my Etsy Shop and my Society 6 shop. I have a Facebook Page and my art blog is My Zen Mode.

Which blogs inspire you and you love to visit them regularly?
Artful ParentStephanie LevyAlisa BurkeKelly Rae RobertsMommy Labs,Creative Kismet. All of these are very creative women and reading these blogs fills me with a lot of positive energy.

Last but not the least, as everyone dreams of being something in life, what you have dreamed of?
I have dreamed of becoming an Artist. I am working on this dream and want to be an artist who puts her heart in her art and is true to herself.

Thanks a lot Himadri for answering all my questions it gave me a feel like I spent some quality time with you. Thanks for sharing tips and your love with my blog readers, we all are very thankful to you.
As I have told you that I am very much inspired by Himadri's artwork, I also tried my hand on Tangles and here is my artwork

My First Tangle Art

Hope you all enjoyed this series. Please let me know through comments as it means a lot to me. Share some suggestions or feedback. 

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