Saturday, March 28, 2009


Pot paintings is one of the very old forms of art around the world.
it is belived that,since the begining of our civilisation the Terrocotta kind of pots has been used to preserve the seeds.The farmers used to keep the seed in a very huge pots which contains a hole on the bottom.They pour the seed from the top of the pot and draw the seed out from the bottom hole as and when they need it in a smaller quantity for cultivation.These pots are very precious for them,(because it is storing the seeds; which is going to provide food for many years to come) they just decorate these pots with some paintings on top of it.
Usually the paint they use for this pot paintings are nothing but a kind of herbal mixure with herbal oil.(oil paintings). The Neem is one of the main content of this mixture.This paintings are not just alone for decorationg these pots but also protecting the pots.The herbal paint act as a insecticide/pesticide and protect the seeds within.The paint fill the micro holes of these pot and make it free from micro insects and also protect it from various claimatical changes.So the seed can stay safe for much longer time.
The images usually the make on these pots are like sun,moon,river,cattle animals,tree's,plants,flowers,rain,mountain's,festivals,seasons etc. They are the worshipers of the nature.Latter on this has been on a custom to draw some paintings on these pots and still the same is continued even today in some of the primitative places.
Today even in our modern homes we can see the pot paintings are in place to decorate the house's.Especialy in many 'Hotel Reception' we can see this pot paintings.i have seen this pot paintings in many parts of india especially in orissa,gujrat and vizag.

The pot are many kinds.Terrakotta,Ceramics pots,Plaster of parris pots,Mud pot,Metal pots and so on.

Monday, March 23, 2009




Although the word's origin is Javanese, its etymology may be either from the Javanese amba' ('to write') and titik ('dot' or 'point'), or constructed from a hypothetical Proto-Austronesian root *beCík, meaning 'to tattoo' from the use of a needle in the process. The word is first recorded in English in the Encyclopædia Britannica
of 1880, in which it is spelt battik. It is attested in Indonesian Archipelago of the Dutch colonial period in the various forms mbatek, mbatik, batek and batik

Batik has been both an art and a craft for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there.

Contemporary batik, while owing much to the past, is markedly different from the more traditional and formal styles. For example, the artist may use etching, discharge dyeing, stencils, different tools for waxing and dyeing, wax recipes with different resist values and work with silk, cotton, wool, leather, paper or even wood and ceramics.

Melted wax (Javanese: malam) is applied to cloth before being dipped in dye. It is common for people to use a mixture of beeswax and paraffin wax.

The beeswax will hold to the fabric and the paraffin wax will allow cracking, which is a characteristic of batik. Wherever the wax has seeped through the fabric, the dye will not penetrate. Sometimes several colours are used, with a series of dyeing, drying and waxing steps.
Thin wax lines are made with a canting (also spelled tjanting or tjunting), a wooden handled tool with a tiny metal cup with a tiny spout, out of which the wax seeps. Other methods of applying the wax onto the fabric include pouring the liquid wax, painting the wax on with a brush, and applying the hot wax to pre-carved wooden or metal wire block (called a tjap) and stamping the fabric.

After the last dyeing, the fabric is hung up to dry. Then it is dipped in a solvent to dissolve the wax, or ironed between paper towels or newspapers to absorb the wax and reveal the deep rich colors and the fine crinkle lines that give batik its character. This traditional method of batik making is called Batik Tulis (lit: Written Batik).

The invention of the copper block or cap developed by the Javanese in the 20th century revolutionized batik production. It became possible to make high quality designs and intricate patterns much faster than one could possibly do by hand-painting. This method of using copper block to applied melted wax pattern is called Batik Cap (pronounced like "chop").

Indonesian batik used for clothing normally has an intricate pattern. Traditionally, wider curves were reserved for batik produced for nobles. The traditional cloth has natural colors (tones of indigo and brown) while contemporary pieces have more variety of color.

Javanese batik typically includes symbols. Some pieces may be mystic-influenced, but very rarely used for clothing. Some may carry illustrations of animals or other intricate things

Pictures source: emails recived from many friends.
Text source:-wikibedia

Tuesday, March 17, 2009



Saturday, March 14, 2009


1. Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
- Eugene Delacroix (1798 - 1863)
2. What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. - Eugene Delacroix
3. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. - Edgar Degas
4. Painting is very easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
- Edgar Dega
5. A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people - Edgar Degas
6.Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. - Edgar Degas


Lascaux Cave Paintings

These paintings , is a cave at Lascaux, France, were drawn by stone Age people called
-> Cro-Magnons as much as 25,000 years ago.
On the cave walls are about 100 drawings of various animals, one of them an ox like beast called an aurochs. Some of the paintings are 20 feet high, and many of them show that the articles had remarkable skill.Caves at Altamira also contain many paintings. In an area that extends from southwest France to northern Spain there are a great many caverns that have ancient wall paintings and also some sculptures. The earliest were found in 1879, but no one accepted them as prehistoric paintings until intense studies were made of some of the more recent discoveries.
The orgin of the gave paintings is still unknown...when it exactly begin..still going back long long long long ago...some says it started -10,000 years back,others says,even 25000 back or more...
Let it go...gos on.
SOURCE: From The Illuisionist.

Monday, March 9, 2009




The Art – ‘Body Painting’ .

Body painting is a form of body art, and has probably been evolved around since the beginning of Indus civilization.

In almost every tribalism culture we can see the body arts. Here the human body is painted by some herbs or even by burning marks, this is also used as one of the identity marks among many tribal groups. The cannibals also have these habits of marking something on their body. I have seen in national geographic channel some parts of the African regime they used to make body art by sharp knife, the blood simply bleeds out so much, but they seems to never bother(they apply some medicinal herbs to heal the wound) .
The body paintings can be used for the 'camouflage' by the soldier's in the armed is a kind of use to protect the soldier from their enemies. Here the body is being camouflaged according to the environment they are in. So,it is simply like a kind of ' Lizard ' which changes it body colours as per the envirnment, for e.g- Tree/Leaf/Sand colours and attacks its food(insects).The tribals too use same kind of trick to escape or to attack their is used in Corrila type of war in the thick forest area.
Body Paintings -As a Trend/Festivals
In many parts of the world today the body paintings has been celeberated as a kind of festival like fashion show's.The country like brazil,france,italy and so on.Here the the artist and participants around the globe assemble and show their creative talent infront of so many tourist/visitors and other members.Due to the technological advancement in the field of art...the compressors based brush have been in place to enchance the painting skills in the body very the painter can make out anything as per their wish.The above shown pictures are few exambles to certify this point.

The body painting was performed during ceremonies or merely just for the beauty of it. Back then they used clay and other natural pigments. Body painting still survives in parts of the world, and especially ‘Mehndi’, the form of body painting that uses henna dyes, is now very popular in the western world. The henna tattoo is semi-permanent.

Since the 1960’s, body painting emerged as an actual art form. However, there is the never-ending discussion about its social acceptability because body painting practically always involves nudity.

But no art without paint of course, and you’ll be happy to know that the paint is restricted to guidelines: the body paint has to be non-toxic and non-allergenic. The paint easily washes of with water and soap.

As for the henna dyes, which Mehndi uses, there’s a difference between the synthetic black henna, and the natural brown henna. The natural henna dye is completely safe when body painting, but the synthetic black henna dye could cause allergic reactions. You should have yourself patch tested before using these at body painting.