Yellow Anarkali by Nicholas Robertson
Acrylic painting on Canvas, Subject: People and portraits, Unspecified style, One of a kind artwork, Signed on the front, Size: 51 x 76 x 0.5 cm (unframed) / 51 x 76 cm (actual image size), Materials: acrylic paint
The stimulus for this painting was a trip to India in 2014 and the young women seen at the Qutub Minaret in Delhi, Amber Fort in Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Their anarkali dresses were so wonderfully colourful and their demeanour so naturally fresh. I work in acrylic because it allows me to experiment, making changes quickly is paramount when wishing to explore my options. I apply the acrylic in successive washes to achieve a soft structure and then overpaint areas with a more opaque use of the pigments. I use artists hogs hair brushes to apply and manipulate the paint with large 4″ brushes to spread the washes and break up the linework. The work is painted on a Superior Rolled Canvas board as I like the rigidity and fine surface, plus the longevity has a proven record. Finally, the painting has a coat of Satin UV acrylic varnish, this not only protects the painting but has a unifying effect. The work only needs framing to to make it ready to hang.