The artisans were able to have enough wood from the land ; they planned to carve innumerable sculptors out of the wood they got; they thought of a huge animal found in the land to be sculpted out of the stuff they had got and thus a lot of wooden elephants were born out of the wood which they got; now those elephants fill up the courtyard of the artisans with a question of what the viewers would do with this much of wooden sculptors stuffed with skill and substance !? ( these artifacts are from the extensive showrooms of Srilanka’s craftsmanship)
Still-Life shot in daylight within the household with utensils,vegetables and fruits using my NIKON600D with an 80-200mm Zoom during the sunlit days of the past years summertime.No flashes are used but the natural light coming through the windows and grills….!
Among the shades of Blue , there were blushing Green shades reflecting the face of a Man who was among the flourishing fields of romance, recreation , redeeming passions of life and rejuvenating spirits of earthly life…!( The Performance depicted the story of man undergoing the friction and fascinations of manly realms of the real and the fictitious aspects of human passions posed against turbulance of Time)…The green shades are from the classical style depiction of manhood in its dance drama version of KATHAKALI which was performed in the late hours of the dry Nights of the summertime) !!!!
The night expresses itself through the eyes in red restricted by the squares of dense black ,surrounded by the frills of white and the red overlaying the vigor of sensuousness and power of life that pulses in high ranges of luminosity and depth of passion that adds more and more beauty to the majestic black that frames around the eyes….of the face of the Night…( this is a way to incarnate the expressions of the night with its quality of passion and senses emerging through the face of a character in the classical style of dance drama format of KATHAKALI,of India ) …!
It does have the vastness of the earth, the watch ability of the time in front and the effort some strength of facing the forces at its reach..Sometimes it is vigilant about what happens around and most often highly conscious of the avenging human interactions that coincides with each other during the hours of consciousness and the losing aspects of morality and impulses of a human being..
By the end of the collective process of human interactions of thought and emotions, it dissolves itself into the dense black bordered by the thick white and red lines of life that highlights the power of thoughtfulness and memory powering over the passion of the senses…! ( The Images are from the Face painting and facial expressions of the character in RED depicting the quality of Night that I shot in my Canon 500D, digital SLR, from the classical theater performance of KATHAKALI )
The dusk went away slowly and it was time to lit up the lamps inside the house to have the dining.A tin lamp was lit up on to the dining table .Utensils were ready for serving the rustic supper.The lamp was not bright when lit up ,gradually it came brighter as the night grew darker.When the eating was over and the night was dense and darker, the lamp shone brighter enjoying the delightful night…!
I got these utensils on the tabletop of dining in the late nights of the December last year from my Canon 500D . I had tried here to capture the mood of celebration of the festivity and tones of concentration that radiates the spirits of the chilling night of the month that embarks the end of an year. I believe in this long-duration shot that the late night effects have been caught up in the shot with the stillness of the vegetables placed among the loving tones of dark roses and magenta,
The classical style of dance renders everything in classicism.There is a story of a tribal magician who had practiced charms in the courts of ancient India during the Period of Vedas; he belonged to the southern mountains and lived along with his wife and son.The story originates as an extreme version of the Indian Classic Mahabharatha and has its own performing version in the classical style in Kathakali,the dance drama.This play is quite well-knit for the stage and charming to the audience especially due to its dramatic stage appearance.As it is told,the main characters are the tribal man and his wife.They are called ‘Malayan’and ‘Malayatthy’ respectively;’Malaya stands for the man of the hills and Malayatthy for the woman.I have watched the play many times on the stage and made attempts to paint them in poster colors during my boyhood while getting in touch with the early lessons in painting on paper.
The theme had never a fading effect in my theater experience and later on my teenage I was again caught up with the same and expressed it in a more realistic color scheme…but the forms remained almost the same.Then my attempt was to capture the moods of the couple in more natural way in expression maintaining the classic postures of dancing and drama.Although ,I have tried to ornament them with costumes having enough tribal splendor!
The theme was still with me even after a wide gap of years in my youth and multiple experiences both in life and career.At this time ,I had kept away from the places of performances and concentrated only on my job in administration management.Once I thought of painting a subject, the theme resurrected in my sensibility and I decided to paint the couple in a new attire and style of format.Thus, I painted my latest ‘Performers in Duet’ in oil color on canvas…!