Let us draw a Tree of Life – a tall towering tree. Leafy and shady - which provides a home to a lot many colourful birds. A haven of peace and contentment, ever spreading greenery, a metaphor for our universe. Join me on this symbolic journey as I teach you how!Detailed description:
I will take you through drawing your own Madhubani style Tree of Life during this class 🌳 I will talk also talk a little about the amazing history and cultural significance of the Tree of Life before we begin drawing. 🐦
The ‘Tree of Life’ concept elevates the symbol of the tree to a sacred one, which is respected and worshipped all over the world, in Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism. This motif depicts the various elements of life in complete harmony. Flowers bloom on its generous branches and colourful birds find shelter there. Trees, birds, animals are all support systems for each other. In Madhubani paintings, a lovely accord of well-formed shapes, and intricate patterns depicts this harmony of nature.
The Tree of Life symbol has been found sculpted or painted in relics of ancient civilisations and till today continues to be an inspiration for modern artists. In some texts it is revered as a symbol for the universe itself, the existence of which makes this planet conducive to our birth and sustenance. In others, it is seen as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge, the entity that stands firm through time with a memory of all of mankind’s history.
This symbol is found in abundance since time immemorial and it is no surprise that it is depicted in an artform that is heavily inspired by natural motifs- Madhubani painting. Madhubani has been a prominent region in the learning and growth of both Buddhism and Hinduism. In Buddhism, a peepal tree at Bodh Gaya is considered as the tree where Siddhartha awakened through meditation and gained enlightenment, becoming Sakyamuni Buddha. In Hinduism, a peepal tree under which Krishna passed away is known as the tree which embodies the entire cosmos. This tree is called Ashwatha, literally translates as: ‘ashwa’ meaning infinity and ‘tha’ meaning one that remains. The peepal tree according to Hindus has eternal life and harmony. It regenerates through yugas and is considered a Kalpavriksha, wish-fulfilling tree. Madhubani artists showcase both the Bodhi tree and the Ashwatha in their paintings, though the latter is more frequently seen. The bountiful tree is the focal point of the composition, surrounded by several birds and animals that reap the benefits. The peacocks are seen in most tree of life paintings because they represent divine love and companionship, closely attached to the ritual art of Mithila/Madhubani wall paintings.
I’m a multi-disciplinary artist, and love to engage with folk/tribal art from across the world – wiPth a special focus on India. I design and conduct experiential workshops, giving a contemporary bent to heritage Art n Craft. I have thoroughly enjoyed conducting in-person and online workshops for audiences in India, USA, UK, Australia, Dubai. My workshop at Amazon HQ in Seattle demonstrated the ease with which art communicates with people from different countries and ethnicities. The learning and sharing process has been unique in each workshop and the participants’ ages have varied from age 8 to 80!
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