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Indian Art Paintings

The term Indian art paintings conjures up a whole myriad of different images. In fact, the term Indian art covers huge range of different art forms all coming from India and all unique in their own ways. This article covers some of the more popular forms of paintings in India from Madhubani Paintings, Mughal Paintings, Phad Paintings and miniature paintings. India’s art culture has it’s roots in thousands of years of evolution; the hugely varied cultures, ethnic groups, languages and religions from all over India have created what is now one of the most diverse and unique collections of paintings and styles of paintings of any nation on earth.

Here are just a handful of the thousands of different Indian art paintings styles from around the country.

Madhubani Paintings

Otherwise known as Mithila art, Madhuban paintings come from the region of Mithila in India and originated in a small town. Originally the madhuban Indian art paintings where painted onto the side of the mud huts of the women artists but the now the term is used to represent a whole range of art in a similar style done on canvas, linen and paper. The materials used for the paintings where all completely natural and usually consisted of plant extract taken from the local environment. The paintings themselves often represent various symbols, most notably symbols of fertility, love and prosperity and are painted on a large scale in a brightly coloured 3D images.

Mughal paintings

perhaps some of the most famous of all of the art in India is the paintings dating to the Mughal era in India, around the 17th century when the people known as the Mughals controlled huge swathes of the land. The period also brought with it a vast revolution of architecture in India. The style itself is now most commonly known as miniature paintings and the art from has a strong following especially in the desert regions of India like Rajasthan and Akbar.

Phad paintings

Again originating from the wonderful land of kings, Rajasthan, Phad paintings are traditionally done on linen and is no where near a dying art form with artists and studios keeping the form alive to this day. The main content of this fantastically bright and vivid form of Indian Art paintings is usually that of gods and various scenes from religious scriptures although throughout the ages the art form has been used to represent many famous philosophers, kings and other great leaders.

Kangra Paintings

Again originating in the Mughal era in India is the Kangra paintings, another style of Miniature paintings in India but considered by many to be less enticing to the eye. The art form differs from the Mughal miniatures in a sense that the colours are less vivid and the scene usually less complicated. In my mind however the images depicted are no less beautiful. The artists who paint these kangra images use a very natural style with calming colours and relaxing images.

Fine Art Paintings

However, today fine-arts additional forms include, film, photography, contemporary-art, and print-making. In certain institutes-of-learning however, the term fine-arts is associated-exclusively with visual-art forms.

Fine Art Paintings

The composition of a fine art painting is what catches the viewer’s eye and defines the artwork.The word “fine” doesn’t so much denote-the-quality of the art-work in-question, but the purity-of-the-discipline.The definition-tends to exclude-all other visual-art-forms that can or could be said to be or considered to be craft-work or applied-art like textiles.

The visual-arts has-been termed as a more-inclusive and descriptive-phrase for current-art-practice.he common instruments used in Fine art paintings and drawings include graphite-pencils, ink, pens, inked brushes, wax color-pencils, crayons, chalk, charcoals, pastels, stylus, and markers. There are various sub categories of paintings and drawing,they including cartooning, Some painting and drawing methods and approaches like, doodling.

Contemporary Art

Contemporary-art is an art where the concept/concepts or idea/ideas which are involved in the art-work take the precedence over traditional-aesthetic and material-concerns. The inception-of-the-term “contemporary art” in the 1960’s referred to a very strict and well focused-practice of idea based-art that often defied the traditional visual-criteria which is associated with the visual-arts in its presentation-as-text.Contemporary art can be said to be art that has been produced at the present-period in time.

Fine Art Paintings Ideas

When painting, selecting the focus for your painting can sometimes be your biggest challenge. Before starting your painting, having a workable-idea is essential and it will help you in your creative-endeavor. Whether you are working with oils, acrylic, tempera or watercolor paints, the following ideas can be the start of a fine art painting.

Balanced-Abstract

You can create an abstract fine art painting allowing freedom of-expression and composition. You can incorporate geometric-shapes, bright-colors and defined-lines in your art, these are all considered to be the characteristics of an abstract-art. You can decide to make your painting either some what representational or entirely free-form, based only on the color, light or even movement.

You can choose to use geometric or organic-shapes.Remember to maintain a feeling of balance in your painting. If the painting somehow feels or seems unbalanced, you can bring it together-more by using repeated-colors, shapes or lines.

Landscape and the Rule-of-Thirds

A landscape is an easy-subject because it’ll not move or change greatly.A landscape is a time tested-subject for a painting. You can sit outside on your-porch and sketch the landscape around you before you begin painting. Once satisfied with the landscape, you can then begin by sketching it onto your paper or canvas.

Tips to Painting Abstract Art Paintings

The beauty of abstract art is that it remains free within its genre. I believe there is no right or wrong way to make an abstract art painting. The values of form, line, contrast, colour, position and tone are fundamental. However it is vital that the artist feels free to experiment and explore with paint. If you approach this style of painting with the following tips, you are on your way to producing an abstract art painting which you will enjoy making as much as you enjoy its value.

As a contemporary artist, I choose to make my art with complete freedom and I can share this with you. My work is encouraged to emerge and unfold, rather than being part of a preconceived notion. I adhere to the principles of form, line, contrast, colour, position and tone. However, often the best of my work is discovered through exploration and by accident or chance. I need to be open to all possibilities and prepared to experiment in order to create successful abstract art paintings. To me, this is the secret of painting abstract art and I explain this in the following 6 tips.

6 Tips to Painting Abstract Art Paintings

Art Paintings Tip #1

Be free.
Set aside all daily duties and routine actions and thoughts. The dishes can be done later and in fact much faster once you have expressed yourself – you will be surprised. Make sure there are plenty of drop cloths on the floor in order to create as freely as possible. It is vital to have complete freedom to express yourself without being limited by making a mess. Wear some old clothes and remember what it felt like as a child to have fun making abstract art paintings at kindergarten.

Art Paintings Tip #2

Centre yourself.
Free yourself from thoughts of bills, household chores, work and family responsibilities. There is plenty of time to worry about these things later. Sit for several minutes and contemplate what gives you joy, pains you at the moment, or the uppermost feeling in your self. Get ready to express this. Choose some music which lifts your spirit and supports you painting an abstract painting with wild abandon.

Art Paintings Tip #3

Do not expect anything from the art.
Let go of all expectations. This is the hardest of all. All our lives we want to paint a good apple or draw a perfect orange. Forget it and forget that grade 5 teacher that told you- you couldn’t draw. Just enjoy the moment and see what comes. Don’t be concerned by the pristine white canvas. If you feel the need to cover that white as fast as possible, in order to get that fear out of the way, then go for it. You could start your abstract art painting by applying any single colour to the canvas to cover it completely. Then start choosing colours just for fun or go with your gut feeling.

Art Paintings Tip #4

Put more paint on your brush or use your hands!
Don’t worry about making a mess getting paint on your face, on the floor, or on clothes. Don’t worry about making a mistake, I believe there are no mistakes in art, only discoveries and challenges to be solved. You do not have to let the first layer of paint dry before you apply more. Wet on wet is a great way to make a fabulous abstract art painting. Use whatever tools are available to make your marks, maybe there is an old toothbrush lying around the house, try it out. Try wiping back into the freshly applied paint. Don’t be scared of the medium. Let go and enjoy. Paint with wild abandon and see what happens. Do not hold back.

Art Paintings Tip #5

Stop! and stand right back.
What do you see? Look beyond the marks and the things you are not happy with. Really look at it, for quite a while. Walk away, have a cup of tea and come back later and look at it. What do you suddenly see? For this is what abstract art painting is all about.

Art Paintings Tip #6

Recognize what you have painted.
Take the time to recognize what you have painted. Do you see shapes that could be drawn out more? Do you see colours and marks that work really well against one another? Ask your friends and family which parts of your abstract art painting they like. Take your time to see what you have painted, it becomes clearer over time.

Congratulations! You have just started an abstract art painting. You may well have completed one. This is the next secret… It takes time to know the difference.

There are many issues which make an abstract art paintings really work. They include balance in the artwork, or lack thereof, the tone, placement, composition, use of materials and use of colour. The more you abandon yourself to the process the more it will inform you. Good luck and have fun!

Exploring the Artist Identity

In this article, I have outlined the experiential processes of art paintings; the processes of dialogue and the processes of reflection or witness. These processes are taken from my own personal research into my artist identity and the findings have greatly informed my practice. This account forms a guide to those artists who wish to delve into their artist identity or those interested in exploring art painting processes.

Art Paintings Processes
The painting processes in this research endeavour to study the artist identity of the artist through the exploration of consciousness. The basic components of what; where, when; how and why they take place will be described in the following applications, which form a personal account.

These processes have been chosen instead of other media because of the quality of paint’s immediate and fluid response. Despite a background in ceramics, art paintings is where my passion lies.

Processes

What the Art Paintings Will Comprise
In my exploration, six art paintings will be undertaken. These will be abstract art paintings and figurative paintings. I will use alternative surfaces. The paintings will include canvases stretched professionally with concrete underlay (thick black plastic).

The dimensions of each art painting will be uniform: 120 x 70x 5 cm. The media used will include oil paint, enamel, oil sticks, Black Japan stain, shellac, pastel, charcoal and ink. The primary artistic focus in this process will lie in the use of alternative materials in painting and in the use of alternative surfaces. Boundaries may be intentionally pushed through the use of construction materials to create aesthetics on surfaces not intended for this purpose.

When the Painting Will Take Place
The proposed plan involves painting every second Tuesday and every Thursday for a period of six weeks. This art painting will occur at night in two to three hourly timeslots.

Where They Will Take Place
The space will consist of a studio set-up in a lock-up garage. For the purposes of the research, the computer and reference materials will be set up on one side of a garage space, and the work bench with art painting materials on the other. I plan to be able to move quickly and freely between both.

How They Will Occur
The intention is to include a timetable of art painting processes, which will consist of certain times in the following months. Ideas of setting a limit on the painting time have been considered.

Dialogue with Art Paintings
The personal dialogue processes approached in this research combine elements of Heuristic research, but allow for an individual account.

These processes are based on the internal search mechanisms present within the creative-self processes The processes relate to a conversation or dialogue that takes place between the researcher, artist and a higher consciousness of either the self, an artwork or other object studied closely. Many artists and art therapists have utilized these methods in their research and inquiry.

Why the Dialogue Will be Undertaken in This Manner
The dialogue process is intended to provide a different level of consciousness. It is anticipated that I will connect with my art paintings through the processes of dialogue. The dialogue may inform me on levels unavailable to me experientially.

What the Dialogue Will Comprise
This process is intended to encompass a journey into art painting. The aim is to literally enter into the art paintings through passages of different levels of consciousness. In order to make the space available to connect with these other levels of consciousness, the following will be utilized: indwelling; a search of the self through thought; meditation and contemplation. The insights may come through hearing the words in my mind, intuition, or new concepts emerging from or into internal frames of reference.

Where the Dialogue Will Take Place
This process is an internal one, while the external and inter-objective realities in my surroundings may have bearing on the internal mechanisms. The proposed dialogue will occur in the studio space designated for writing this research. The set-up of the computer on one side and the art paintings on the other is intentionally designed towards easy access to writing when dialogue occurs.

When the Dialogue Will Take Place
The method of dialogue within this research will be approached using a lack of structured timetable or schedule. As I have not attempted this process before, I am unsure of whether it will be able to fit into a time-frame. I am unsure of whether I can summon dialogue at will; or whether it will emerge in an indiscriminate manner.

How the Dialogue Will Occur
This is largely unable to be determined at this point in time. There is a commitment to a total immersion in the processes of this inquiry and it is likely that the dialogue will naturally emerge from the art paintings through channels due to the immersion process. It is anticipated that the creation of the unique personal space for communication with my art paintings will reveal and allow for documentation of how the process occurs.

Reflection on Art Paintings

Why the Reflection Will be Undertaken in This Manner
The reflection process formulates the basis for the intimate connectivity of the processes of art paintings and dialogue. It forms the fabric from which the evaluation cloth is cut. The sacred witness will allow the space and time to measure the experience and to dwell on the emergence of new information.

The reflection process aims to draw the art paintings and dialogue processes together and provide the stand-back viewpoint, indispensable to making art paintings and primordial self- inquiry.

What the Reflection Will Comprise
The reflection process in this research will comprise transpersonal processes as a method of self-inquiry. It will evoke notions of the witness. These reflection processes will present a unique witness account of the experience of art painting, the dialogue experience and the overall experiences.

The observations of thoughts, emotions, dreams, dialogue and art painting processes provide the foundation from which to evaluate the personal interior experience.

Where the Reflection Will Take Place
The reflection is anticipated to take place within the transpersonal self -this being wherever the art paintings and dialogue processes are taking place. They may take place in other areas of life, such as times of driving, walking, meditating and working.

When the Reflection Will Take Place
Much like the whereabouts of the reflection processes, the time-frame of this process encompasses all other processes in this research. It is predictable that I will bear witness to my art paintings and my dialogue processes. The witness will be present when I make the connective leaps in consciousness and when the intellectual synapses jump into action. Thus, the internal observer will have to be on duty at all times, knitting the components of my processes together. These observations can then be evaluated into a unified and presentable critique.

How the Reflection Will Occur
The reflection processes aim to transcend the art paintings and dialogue states of consciousness. Reflection is anticipated to occur through the watchful gaze of the transpersonal witness. I will endeavour to consciously manifest the witness during times of art painting and dialogue. This will involve dis-identifying with the art paintings and dialogue processes.