July 25, 2013

Sita and the baby deer

Acrylic on wrapped canvas 24 by 32 inches

When you have nothing to do sometimes mind wanders and mine reverted back to years and years ago when I was a little girl who was very close to my grand dad. He had given me a book of the great Hindu epic Ramayana and it soon became part and parcel of me. I never left it for a minute, read and re read it countless number of times. It was a priceless possession. But later on someone borrowed it and never returned it to me.I don't remember who, but I still have a small hope that this book will return to me one day!

As the thoughts about the book got stronger I decided to put some of them  on my canvas and the result is what you see here. Hope you enjoy!

 "During their days in the Dandaka forests, Sita along with her husband Rama and brother in law Lakshmana lived in Panchavati, near the river Godavari,  an enchanting place with flowered  trees  beautified with birds and deer. Sita was delightful with this place."

30 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Padmaja. I love the greens and browns in the background. It is so fun to hear a part of one of your growing up stories too.

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  2. Such a cute baby deer, and such an endearing painting.Long time Padmaja, how are u doing?

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  3. Heart-warming story and painting:)

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  4. Ah, I was checking your blog just yesterday for a new painting, I thought it was time that you posted one! This one is fantastic! I like what you wrote about the story, too, and how much it meant to you. Your special way with colors and blending is truly unique, Padmaja. The gentle pose of the woman and the animal are calming and reassuring. Wonderful painting!

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  5. What a sweet story, Padmaja!! Wouldn't it be wonderful if the book suddenly re-appeared?! She's beautiful and I love the background in this painting.
    Wonderful work...

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  6. That is a fabulous painting with all your emotions in it. This epic is a part and parcel of the lives of many of us. However what surprised me was that this phase of The Ramayan was on the banks of the Godavari... I am sitting in Rajahmundry right now, on the banks of the raging and flooded Godavari... painting of-course. Will have to take out my copy of the Ramayana again.

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  7. What a wonderful gift to have received from your Grandfather!! This precious memory has now been turned into a beautiful painting, She has such amazing features and the forest does indeed look enchanted!

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  8. I also hope your book comes back to you, but your memories are clear and beautiful. So is your painting.

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  9. very simple and nicely done Padma

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  10. I admire any artist who can paint people well. This is a lovely painting made special in that you have captured one of your childhood memories.

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  11. I can always feel your sentiments in your paintings. Your spirit transfers beautifully.

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  12. I just scrolled down through your blog and saw all of the beautiful work you have been creating while I have been off-line, Padmaja. I especially love this one - there's an instant connection to the girl and the fawn, and your colors are sublime.

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  13. Your painting brings back memories for me too :) time for you to make a book of your own now - first painting beautifully done ! Hope to see a series for your book ;) love the colors !

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  14. I love it when you do figures. There is always a strong storyline in them. This is beautiful, Padmaja.

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  15. Beautiful painting--such gentleness. I think your book will find it's way home.

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  16. Loosing books you love is so annoying:( The painting was just perfect, Padmaja with lovely expressive eyes!

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  17. what a lovely scene dear padmaja!!!!You painted so beautiful,realy!!!!!!!
    Hugs and kisses from Greece
    (Thanks for your nice comments)
    Christa-)

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  18. Wow! such a cute picture. I hope you do get back the book borrowed by someone soon.

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  19. I really like your post. The painting is lovely. She is beautiful with the deer and birds surrounding her. I like your color palette. Those birds in the background are beautiful!

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  20. She is beautiful and I love how tenderly she holds the deer. I do hope your book comes back to you!

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  21. thank you so much for your lovely comments about Whitney-)))
    Have a great day!!!!
    love
    Christa

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  22. I see and feel the radiance around her face, this art works!

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  23. Your painting is beautiful - as is the story. It makes me realize that no matter where we are in the world, many of our experiences are similar.

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  24. Beautifully rendered! Always enjoy the story with your painting.

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  25. If this is from your memory then you have done a splendid job. I am sure one day you will get your book back and then realise how close this is to the original.

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  26. Thank you Parmaja, you comments make my wings stronger.

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  27. Totallyyy totally fallen in love with this painting

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  28. The book you never got back is unfortunate.The painting of Sita is so realistic that it appears any time she will emerge with the deer in her hands.It is really life like.
    This is my first visit to your site. I am also a lover of Ram Charitre Manas.

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  29. Padmaja madam

    Namaste. Very beautiful painting. It is amazing. Padmaja madam your paintings are so marvelous. It is a God's gift to you.

    Padmaja madam best wishes for your new painting projects.

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