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Painting the Goddess

Over the weekend the painting of the Goddess began. Before arriving on Sunday morning, the artists had boiled up some glue made out of tamarind seeds and water. This sticky (and quite pleasant smelling)light brown mixture was then mixed with a little clay and painted over the figures to seal them and to make them white. Powdered natural paints were then mixed with water and applied to the goddess as a base coat, with another coat just being applied this morning (monday).

The pictures below show the stages followed.

Mixing the glue with water and clay
Glue
Painting glue over a thin layer of cotton to seal to seal the form
Painting glue over a thin layer of cotton to seal to seal the form
A white Durga - now sealed with the glue mixture and ready for painting!
Mixing the paint
Mixing the paint
The artist Purnendu Dey mixing the natural powdered pigments with water
The artist Purnendu Dey mixing the natural powdered pigments with water
A rainbow of colours
The artist Dibyendu Dey painting the Goddess Durga
The artist Dibyendu Dey painting the Goddess Durga
Ganesha
Ganesha

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