Sketching is the major work in creating the art. Sketching involved several steps, the first of which was to lay down the main lines of orientation. Most important was the central vertical axis, for this would be the exact center of the painting around which the artist would plan the rest of the composition.
The vertical axis usually marked the center of the main figure, and it was in relation to this line that all .
The last main step involving the application of colours was the rendering of the faces of the main figures. This was in effect the final stage of outlining, and sometimes a master painter would step in at this point and complete the painting of his student.
Of all the finishing details, the facial features demanded the most attention, and among these it was the eyes that received the greatest care. The painting of the .
The application of colour to the thangkacanvas involved two main steps first, filling in the areas of different base colours, and second, the subsequent shading and outlining of those areas.
To these steps there corresponded the two essentially different types of paint in the Tibetan palette
Mineral pigments (rdo tshon and sa tshon) and
The organic dyes or lakes (tshos)
The mineral pigments had to be mixed with a binder before being applied as paints. .
By the time the painter sat down to begin the sketch he already had in mind the main contents and design of the thangka. Usually, the patron had indicated to the painter precisely which deities he wanted to be depicted.
Sometimes the patron also furnished a diagram that showe the names and relative positions of each figure in the painting, such diagrams often having been composed by the lama of the patron.
When the patron provided .
Thangka and Mandalapainting process
Thangka painting process is very difficult and time-consuming. To sketch the figures in a Thangka and mandala, the artist must be an expert in the measurements and proportions of different deities. There are thousands of different deities in Tibetan Buddhism.
Generating a pure motive
Foundation line drawing
Mixing the paint
Painting brush making
Redrawing and shading
Shading and final painting
Opening the eye of .
The life of Buddha portrayed in most of the Thangka Paintings is divided into the twelve stages of the Buddha's Life Story. These twelve steps are known as the Twelve Enlightening Deeds Of The Buddha. The inclination towards the enlightenment process is the main concept of the Twelve Great Deeds.
The Deed of promise
The first deed is about the promise of Gautam Buddha to descend on the earth. Before Buddha was born as Shakyamuni, he is believed to be .
The actual origin of the Thangka paintings has been a subject of confusion. Some stories claim that Thangka originated from Tibet, some claim that they have been originated from Nepal, while some claim from India.
Is it Nepal?
Though Thangka painting is believed to be painted in Tibet at first the real origin is from Nepal. It is because during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo in 6th century he invited artists from Nepal to paint the .
There were 32 scupltures of fairies placed inside the inner walls of Ram Mandir which led to the place being called Battisputali (32 fairies with butterfly wings). There is an enthralling story behind the fairies installed here.
The ancientSanskrit epic Ramayana written by Valmiki has captivated people from all over the world for centuries. Lord Ram is believed to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is worshipped by Hindus from all over .