Radhai & Krishnan (Garden)

Radhai & Krishnan





Atlast I finish off coloring the skin with oil colors. Light pinkish texture for both. I didnt give the Krishna’s usual dark Blue color as he is an avatar of Lord Kannan. I just wanted Krishna to be a lover of Radhai and an ordinary human being.

The enlightened circle is painted with 3D Glitter Silver color.

Now I have to paste an big foil of aluminium on the back side of the glass, where the whole paints are lying.

Then for framing. This time I am not going for Golden frame as it is a regular for the Deity Paintings. My son, whom I want to present this painting, wants an wooden finish of frame.

Next week I’ll post this lovely romantic painting with the frame. Because the frame man will take his own time like I did. 🙂




Radhai & Krishnan 

in Garden


New painting started today…

Size : 24 x 18 inch

Material : Glass

Medium : Glass Colors, 3D colors, Acrylic, Pearl & Oil Colors


I’ll update daily 

After I finish the whole, its for sale….

contact art.apn@gmail.com for price…


How to paint Glass Tanjore Painting

Yasoda Kannan II

Starting with the pearl colors for costumes, we have to decide the colors that match. Yasoda’s saree, its pallu, the veil, krishna’s angavastra colors must compliment each other. Vibrant colors can be used. The glass reflects bright colors the most.

Step 3

At first, clean up the extra gold paintings that edges out of the design by using a hairpin or such a thing.

Color the fabrics of your choice with pearl/acrylic colors. Pearl color goes well with tanjore type paintings. It shows the richness of the figurines that we paint.

When we are painting the eyes, do with extra care. Have to leave some white space in the pupil of the eye. First color the black (not pure black, mix some white) pupil and left it for dry. After dried, give pearl white for the remaining part of the eye. 

For the hair also, mix some brown color with black, especially for childrens’ hair. Always check whether the colors are fully filled the design, by just lifting the glass at 45 deg to let light.   

Next finish off with the pillars.For the pillars, I just go with 3D colors for the designed part and red acrylic for remaining. It blends well.

Viewing Side (Front Side) of the Painting

Tomo’ we will be coloring the skin with oil colors

How to paint Glass Tanjore Paintings


Yasoda and Kannan

                Krishna(Kannan) belonged to the Vrishni clan of Yadavas from Mathura, and was the eighth son born to the princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva.  The king Kansa, Devaki’s brother, had ascended the throne by imprisoning his father, King Ugrasena. Afraid of a prophecy that predicted his death at the hands of Devaki’s eighth son, Kansa had the couple locked into a prison cell and killed all seven.

                Krishna, who was born to Devaki as the eighth child, was given to Yashoda and Nanda in Gokul, by Krishna’s father Vasudeva on the night of his birth. Thus, Yasoda was the foster-mother of  Krishna.With the discovery of Krishna’s real parents as well as the public knowledge that he is the heir apparent of Mathura, Yashoda had to let go of her son in the end.

                Various childhood episodes or Lilas of Krishna, growing in Yashoda’s household abound in Hindu religious texts. The stories of Krishna’s childhood and youth tell how he became a cow herder, his mischievous pranks as Makhan Chor (butter thief) and his role as a protector of the people of Vrindavana.

Glass Tanjore Painting

Tanjore Paintings of Hindu God/Goddess done on Glass is decorative, attractive and cost less than Tanjore paintings. 

Step 1

Have the design with reverse side of the transparent tracing sheet on the glass. 

Because we are drawing on the reverse side of the glass. 

So that it’ll be perfect, when it’s viewed from the front side. 

I draw the traced picture of Yasoda Kannan over the reverse side of the glass. 

Keep a white sheet of paper underneath, so that the design is clearly seen. 


Step 2

Apply the gold color(Pearl metallic or Gold powder mixed) for ornaments and glass colors/stone colors/3D colors for stones in jewels.

When applying, just lift the glass and see whether the color completely filled the design. 

Viewing(front) side of the painting

Today, I just finished with this level. Day after tomorrow (two days time for drying) we will finish the acrylic/pearl colors for fabrics in the design.

Glass Painting – A Real Fairy-Tale

Urvashi and Pururavas

This painting on glass shows the split up of King Pururavas and the

great celestial maiden at Indra’s court Urvashi.

This painting is the reproduction of Raja Ravi Varma’s work

on glass done by me.


(Heard of another similar story line went bet’n Ravi Varma and his lady love

Shhh… No Gossips Please…)

I did the painting using two glass pieces cut out in same size. The glasses must be thin, usually 1 mm thickness.

Take the picture.  Decide which portions of it comes on foreground and which one in the background.

Draw the outline of the parts of the design on the two glasses respectively.

Design on one glass

Design on another

Paint the colors over the glasses. Careful with the foreground coloring. Whatever in the design alone can be colored.

Fort, sky and clouds are colored.

Urvashi, Pururavas and front balcony colored.

Let it dry. I used oil colors ’cause it shows the shaded and contours well. It took some time , mostly three  or four days to touch-dry. Use hair dryer to dry it on two days.

Place the glasses one over other. It clearly shows front and backdrop of the picture. Now go for frame.

Urvashi and Pururavas - Not a Fairy Tale

Sure… Not a Fairy Tale at all…