Lady with Parrot (Watercolor)

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Lady with Parrot

The lady with the parrot is another famous sculpture from the famous Hoysala  Belur – Halebid temples in Karnataka.

Lady with Parrot
Lady with Parrot

For some reason I really struggled with her face, probably because it was at a slight angle, thus making it difficult to fit her features into the side that faced the viewer. Also, I had to get the size right and I struggled a lot with the measurements till my husband walked in and solved it in 2 secs. It was humiliating, though my husband’s expression of disbelief at my inadequacy in simple mathematics was fun to watch.

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Mandanika with Parrot

The garden trellis that the women are shown to stand before are actually supposed to be the Ashoka tree and the depiction of a young, nubile female with an Ashoka tree was supposed to be a symbol of fertility.

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Mandanika with parrot

When  I decided to do three figures in this series, I didn’t know what colors to choose from. They developed as I went along. Taking the primary colors in the color wheel. Well almost, since lemon yellow would have been too garish, so I went with the ‘Indian Yellow’ by Camlin.

555Finally they are all done. I am proud I finished them all and it was interesting how I much I learnt even from just these three works.

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