Today was by far the most successful day of our stay in Varanasi. We met the most skilled painter – artisan I’ve come across on this entire project (I’m so happy I could dance around trees as a Bollywood Extra right now). Young chap called Sanjay Prajapati, and he just gets it man. Look at the Bali face he’s painting in these photos.
He’s meticulous, careful and completely focussed on what he’s doing. Each line and curve is carefully measured by his brush and then reproduced on the piece. I suggested that he first make an outline of the basic shapes with one colour and then start filling in the colours one by one, instead of finishing each shape seperately. This seems to work very well. Unlike most other craftsmen, he is not perturbed by three very curious people sitting on his head while he’s working (I suspect this is because he’s young and hasn’t yet the ego that experienced artisans have).
As an example, compare the black Jatayu he painted with the blue one we got done from the previous painter.
Need I say anymore?
We spent the entire day with him today in shifts, trying to get as many samples done as possible because we leave tomorrow afternoon! Just as we’re nearing our goal, we’re short on time! Scroll below for some more pictures of stuff he did today.
We’ll have the final samples ready soon! Hopefully by tomorrow!