An emotion of colours

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | JAYWANT NAIDU
Published Jul 16, 2016, 12:05 am IST
Updated Jul 16, 2016, 12:05 am IST
The white pigment colours are not used in this style of painting.
Sadhu Aliyur (right) conducting a workshop.
 Sadhu Aliyur (right) conducting a workshop.

Sadhu Aliyur, well known water colour painting artist from Kerala will be coming to Hyderabad in the last week of July for an exclusive workshop on the art of water colour painting at the State Gallery of Fine Arts.

Says Sadhu “I was very fortunate to have learnt the ‘transparent water colour technique’ from the Thalassery  commercial town on the Malabar Coast, where some Masters of water colour paintings have been traditionally teaching. The white pigment colours are not used in this style of painting. White colour is   represented by the ‘untouched’ original paper on which the work is being made.

 

“As such, the commercial market for water colour paintings is picking up in India. Not often do we see quality works with good material and paints being produced in India. Abroad, there is more respect and demand for the water colour medium. It is an acknowledged fact that water colour is a challenging medium and very tough to work in. One has to plan the work well in advance and there are no second corrections later. It’s called ‘one step painting’ and happens from top to bottom, without any second layer. I was always inspired by the great works in water colour made by Joseph Zbukvic from Australia, Liu Yi from China and John Fernandes from India. Water colour is first taught in all art schools as it is the basis for any other form of painting. Anyone having mastery in water colours can easily get the technique of working with oils or acrylic. The tonal values, colour and moods generate a different emotion in water colors. It’s difficult to get grip on the medium, but very easy to create new works on getting mastery over the subject,” says Sadhu.

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