UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Konark Sun Temple (କୋଣାର୍କ ସୂର୍ଯ୍ୟ ମନ୍ଦିର)
It is said that this 13th century Indian temple (located in Orissa) was built by a son of Krishna - Samba, who was cursed with leprosy for twelve years by his father. When the sun god Surya lifted the curse and affliction, Samba supposedly built this sandstone sun temple in his honor.
Legend aside, the Konark Sun Temple was built by King Narasimhadeva I, indeed, in honor of Surya. This incredibly intricately carved temple, as a whole, was built in the shape of Surya’s chariot, with twelve pairs of large stone wheels placed at the base of the structure. The wheels themselves act as sundials, and hundreds and thousands more carvings of erotic poses, animals, plants, and designs cover the pyramid in a prime example of the architectural style for which the Kalingan region is renowned for.
After the Muslim takeover of Orissa in the mid-16th century, the temple was partly destroyed and pilgrimages slowly stopped, whereafter Konark was left to the mercy of the surrounding forests for centuries. What remains today is only the base of what was possibly the tallest temple in India at the time. Konark was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1984.
Here is a way to organize the complex information of an interior forest. This will work no matter what your rendering style happens to be. Whether you are an impressionist painter like me or a realist, the basic building blocks for the picture are the same the only difference is how far you want to carry the finish. This photoshop demo is based on a traditional painting I did a while back.
The challenge is to arrange the information to give you the illusion of space where no horizon is apparent. Forest scenes work best when you use clearings to establish a foreground or middle ground to help divide space in the scene. It doesn’t matter if you are painting jungle or alpine forests the abstract qualities of design still apply.
It helps to visualize the anchor points of the composition first. These objects will have the most detail and can be flagged or spotlighted for greater effect. They will give your eye a place to go in the image allowing you to use areas of less detail as counterpoints.
I always start with large areas of color keyed to the average for that mass this helps to unify the shape. I set up the different layers and work between them to balance color value and shape. Once these are established to my liking I begin to develop and refine the painting adding interest as I go.
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Wat Rong Khun is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist and Hindu temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
The Sea at Les Saintes de la Mer by Vincent van Gogh
[American Ashcan School Painter, 1865-1929]
Rough Seas near Lobster Point, 1903
oil on panel