Hello! Thank you Vaishali for including me in this group.
I am Prathima from Bangalore, India. I am mostly a self-taught artist and I have dabbled with multiple styles of Indian folk art. My love for Indian miniature arose after attending a short workshop last year during the lockdown on Rajasthani miniature style of painting (Kishangarh style). Since then, I have been trying to get some theoretical knowledge and a bit of hands-on practice as well (still taking baby steps). My focus as of now is on Pahari style/ Kangra in particular. I love to practice/ paint the foliage and the vibrant greenery of Kangra style. I started off with just 300 gsm paper (both cold and hot pressed) and normal poster colors. I am yet to step up to move on to wasli and natural pigments.
Instagram has helped me by following artists who are kind enough to post their work via reels and also answer questions (Ratisivyer, off-late, has been posting practice reels and I love them!). I hope to gain more knowledge and run a marathon with the help of this forum :).
Hi @Prathima Prasad and welcome! For your first tryst in the woods with miniatures... wow! What a love affair you have started... yes for me one of the main fascinations with Indian miniature in particular are the leaves of the trees - SO much variety in shape, size and colour, and the dedication to painting every single one and also rendering them. So much devotion. Neck breaking as you say :-) there must be some yoga for miniature painters that can undo it all! Love to see your progress, do post here!
Simply beautiful!!! Welcome @Prathima Prasad