Last weekend I attended a phad painting workshop organized by Banna Creations. As a child, I could sketch/paint well (probably in the genes inherited from both my parents). However, the last time I sketched anything was in my 12th grade Biology class. I graduated with a computer science engineering degree and started working after graduation. Later came the kids and life just revolves around them, atleast for me. Now that I am on a break and the boys are kinda grown up, I am able to pursue some of my hobbies/interests. This was the first workshop that I attended. I had no clue how I was going to do a 1000 year old folk art, after that many years break. It was an honor to learn from the award-winning artist, Prakash Joshi.
This was a 2-day workshop. The first day was introduction and we were taught how to sketch the faces and the men/women. Also some of us learnt how to draw an animal like a horse, elephant or camel, the animals that are found in Rajasthan, India. On the second day we did the sketching on the cloth and painted using the natural colors that are traditionally used in phad paintings. Below is my final piece of art –
It was indeed a great experience! Was quite happy with the above, even though it has a few flaws. Hope to do a few more when I find some time to spare. Will be using the acrylic colors as it is hard to find natural colors here in Bangalore.
If you are interested in this traditional folk art which was only done by the Joshi family, please keep in touch with Banna Creations (on Facebook too).
For more information on phad painting, please look up http://www.phadchitrakari.com/. It has everything that you have to know about phad style of painting.