African art

African Art


                              I always interested in the african  form of drawing and coloring them. Their structure and their style of living is remarkable one in my point of view.

I already did one in glass.

                        This time I decided to put it in canvas board. Have a board in the size  of 19 x 29 inch (50 x 75 cm). I sketched out the figures on the board.




                                Now started painting the background color with oil paints, such as, raw sienna, burnt umber, yellow, light red, cobalt blue, prussian blue, green, flake white…..with linseed oil. no turpentine is used as it is slightly allergic to me.  And kindly excuse me as i hadnt remember of taking a click after this work.

                           Then started coloring the figurines’ body color with black acrylic color, as it dries fast (my patience is drying out) and acrylic makes the painting look bright. Working on the costumes is the most difficult part that comes on my way.

                                   I usually paint with bright colors as I was exposed to glass paintings that require bright colors and shiny ones  that makes a dazzling painting. I think thats my part of strength and weakness that i cant blend oil colors to its faintest form. ok…we can leave it….

                                   Now I went on to choose the design for the dress and go on research in net….and got a few….Then coloring for that design become the tedious part in this painting. You can notice africans wearing contrary colors in their costumes, but more or less they appear to compliment each other…So I decided to go on that line….

                              For the third figurine, I ravage thru the colors and first I painted with green and pearl lilac border and then I changed it to yellow with red bars that matches her upperwear.

                               Then what else? The ornaments that match their costume. Put some hip wears also as the black color in the hip is more prominently looks bare.


                       At last finished…..but i have to sign myself on this art work. I signed at the right corner of the painting as ‘ahil’ (it sounds good!!)…..



Semi Abstract Oil Painting

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Semi Abstract

Oil on Canvas Board

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How To Paint Glass Tanjore Painting

Yasoda Kannan IV

Step 5

I finished by giving the background color for the picture. Let it dry. 

Viewing Side (Front Side) of the Painting

Step 6


Choose traditional frame for tanjore paintings on glass. I’ll frame it after two days of drying and pasting some aluminium foil(0.2 mm thickness which used as chocolate wrappings) over the glass colors wherever I applied the glass colors, just for the glittering effect. This time I just covered wholly with foil. Apply the glue only on the sides where its given acrylic colors. Now mostly I replace glass colors with 3D colors, that wont require any foil behind them to reflect. 

Next see you with Framed Work….

How To Paint Glass Tanjore Painting

Yasoda Kannan II

Now starting with oil colors. You need two or three days for drying. If you are a first timer, apply the oil coloring one by one letting each color to dry. 

Step 3

Choose the skin color for Yasoda and I choose light pink for darker shades and whitish pink for light shades. However, she being a North Indian of wheatish white complex, as a divine one she is I add a pnikish tint to her skin. For this get a mix of little rose madder hue, lot of white, burnt umber a bit. For Kannan his original color of blue is to given. Get a mix of cobalt blue a little, white a lot, prussian blue a bit. Use brush to paint the edges of the design and within the design apply dabbing method. 

Have Glitter Sand (3D color) scattering here and there for the floor to shine up. Then go for oil color of your choice. 

 Give the outer border filled with a acrylic color that matches your background color of the painting and the frame you going to choose. If you want you can give the border color first before going for oil colors. 

Viewing Side (Front Side) of the Painting

One more coloring is in due – for the background…..Pack Up….Meet u Tomo’….

Dabbing :

Take a bit of sponge, dip in the mix, just dab over the design.  

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.