Sunday, March 22, 2009

varkari


My attempt at pastels
Varkari is religiuos and spiritual movement in Maharashtra established by saints in 16th century. ( some trust that this tradition is even older )Vari in Marathi means pilgrimage, These varkaris walk from their home town carrying safron flag palkhis (Palanquin) of saints .after walking 100s of miles these varkaris gather at holly town of Pandharpur. This happens twice in year and there are varkaris who do this "vari" every year.

9 comments:

Art with Liz said...

I've been at the cricket, Ajay and am only picking up now. This is such an emotional piece. Your Varkari has such a gentleness about him and that red absolutely glows. This is a wonderful departure for you. Great work!

RameshJhawar said...

Nice try in pastels,Ajay!The abstract background looks good.

Ajay Patil said...

Thanks Liz and Ramesh,
Pastels is new medium to me and ahve to pick some techniques for improving especially for me its dificult to do finer details with pastels

ANURAG MEHTA said...

Good depth in the picture,The warm shades are giving a cool effect..

William F. Renzulli said...

Your paintings continue to provide a great deal of viewing pleasure.

I hope you plan to do more work with pastels.

Ajay Patil said...

Thanks Anurag.
William - I would love to work in different mediums including pastels but have to pick up few tips

Megha Chhatbar said...

Hi Ajay, This type of painting is rare to watch. Really nice work..! BTW I have started a new blog dedicated to my sketch work — Art on Sketchbook

Mary Paquet said...

Ajay, I found your site through Liz. What a great piece! the color choices are very compelling. You have the knack for pastels, and your watercolors are terrific.

Ajay Patil said...

Thanks Mary