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April 2009

The painting of the Goddess continues...

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 1 April 2009

Have a look at the picures below which show how the painting has progressed in the last two days.

Ganesha in the process of being painted
The artist Purnendu Dey painting the body of the lion that carries the Goddess Durga
The Goddess Durga victorious over the buffalo demon
The Goddess Durga victorious over the buffalo demon
Lakshmi's Owl
Lakshmi's Owl

Once the base colours were applied, the detailed work began! While Purnendu worked on the eyes, Dibyendu began attaching some of the decorations brought with them from India around the outside, framing the Goddesses beautifully.

Placing a glittering border around the form
Placing a glittering border around the form. The colour red is considered to be lucky by the people of India, and Hindu deities are depicted as having red palms to show their divinity.
Lakshmi
Lakshmi
The artist Purnendu Dey painting the lion's eye
The artist Purnendu Dey painting the lion's eye
The Goddess Durga's lion attacking the buffalo demon
The Goddess Durga's lion attacking the buffalo demon
The artist Purnendu Dey painting the buffalo's head
The artist Purnendu Dey painting the buffalo's head

The artists had also brought with them a frieze they had made at home which surrounds Durga's head and torso. The frieze shows the stories from Durga and Shiva's life.

Placing the hand-painted background behind the Goddess Durga
Placing the hand-painted background behind the Goddess Durga
A closer look at the hand-painted background
A closer look at the hand-painted background