day 384 – four paintings that i bought in india

I haven’t “studied” art since I graduated from art school about five years ago. My education in that field has been through my own art practice, meeting people, seeing other people’s works at galleries, museums, books, and very often through various online sources.

Today I’m presenting four paintings that blew my mind when I went to India in 2009. They were so impressive that I bought and brought them back to Canada for my education. If you click on the images below, you can see high-resolution version of them with a lot of intricate details. My own artworks have been quite a bit more intricate and detail-oriented since I encountered these paintings. You’ll know what I mean if you enlarge those images, so click click, click on the images!

Sorry for the reflection/glare on the glass surfaces. I didn’t go the extra mile to set them up to reduce it when I photographed them at home.

The paintings above are a diptych.

Left:
Portrait of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan’s Wife) in the Palace with Taj Mahal as Background
Paint, cut ruby and emerald on carved composite board made of camel bone powder
305mm x 230mm (framed: 410mm x 480mm)
Circa 1990-2009 India

Right:
Portrait of Shah Jahan in the Palace with Taj Mahal as Background
Paint, cut ruby and emerald on carved composite board made of camel bone powder
305mm x 230mm (framed: 410mm x 480mm)
Circa 1990-2009 India

 

Left:
Portrait of Tibetan Deity Samvara (painted by a Buddhist monk)
Paint and gold leaf on prepared cloth
650mm x 482mm (framed: 753mm x 590mm)
Circa 1990 – 2009 Tibet

Right:
Portrait of Tibetan Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava (painted by a Buddhist monk)
Paint and gold leaf on prepared cloth
587mm x 481mm (framed: 707mm x 604mm)
Circa 1990 – 2009 Tibet

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day 381 – four old postcards of scenes in japan that evoke a sense of wonder and/or intrigue

1. A pasture near Sapporo. (top left)

2. A sacred bridge in Nikko. (top right)

3. A buddhist temple in Awajishima. (bottom left)

4. A view of the cherry blossoms from the hilltop at Tsuyama Castle. (bottom right)


day 380 – four plastic cases for keeping deciduous teeth

1. This post was inspired by two other tooth-related posts.

2. These cases were found under a shelf after a coffee mishap.

3. I do not have any baby teeth left.

4. Some people are known to have a third set of teeth.


day 375 – four smiling monsters in lieu of a greeting

1. Schmoozy     2. Dependable

3. Absentminded     4. High-strung


day 358 – four skeins of handspun yarn


day 355 – four things that were on my porch





day 339 – four cherished works of art

TOP LEFT An illustration by the Canadian cartoonist Seth. Last I checked, Seth doesn’t sell the original art from his comic pages. I believe he sells the roughs, and he also sells loads of his illustration work, but not the finished comic originals.

TOP RIGHT A self portrait by Canadian artist Julie Doucet. I can’t remember if this is a panel from one of her comic books or not, but I think it is.

BOTTOM LEFT Page 2 of Betty & Veronica Summer Fun #28 from 1966 by Dan DeCarlo. DeCarlo is the artist responsible in large part with the look/style associated with Archie and the teens from Riverdale. His brushwork is some of the best in all of comics – ever.

BOTTOM RIGHT Self Portrait of an Artist Worrying About His Next Book by Dr. Seuss, signed/numbered by the artist (121/495). His next book after this painting, by the way, turned out to be Green Eggs and Ham.