Haveli Painting: My first art gallery exhibition!

Haveli Painting is an intricate acrylic on wood art with 3D relief work. The dimension of the door and jewelry is made using chalk and glue.

Today I am going to go back in time (to a few months ago, not too far… ), and share with you a painting of mine. I love colors, and enjoy exploring every medium there is in art. But painting is what made me discover the artist in me 🙂

That said, all of my life I have been painting, but never really shared it with the world. This painting of mine, “Haveli-a window into the courtyard” was the first painting of mine to be exhibited in a gallery!

Haveli painting

My Haveli Painting was selected to be a part of the Burnsville Performing Art Centers International festival  “Cultural Perspectives: My Home, Your Home, Our Home!”. This was on display in their gallery from June 17 to July 31st, 2010.

It is an acrylic painting on wood, measuring 12″ by 24″. This is a representation of a courtyard in a mansion or a palace with people wearing the traditional Rajasthani attire- Women wearing a dupatta (scarf) over their head and men wearing Turbans (a headgear). I absolutely love the shapes and intricacy of the jewelry and door in this painting. While molding these shapes I am instantly reminded of home, and drawn back to its comforting memories and the lingering aroma of spices. Every sari in India has these vibrant colors, and they are rich in details and designs – which is what I have tried to portray in this painting.

The International Festival was an awesome experience! There was music, food, and activities from so many cultures and the event was colorful and vibrant, full of music. And I took hundreds of photographs of the event and of me and my painting!

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