'Moment of Truth'
I am talking about Dithi of Deezden whose blog I happen to follow with much interest. Dithi is an Indian artist living in Geneva, Switzerland. I don't draw or paint but I am interested in the creative process and love how Dithi explains how and why she paints the way she does. For example, this beautiful lady was inspired by a picture of a Garhwali bride. Art is as much tactile as it is visual and looking at this painting, don't you just want to reach out and touch the jewels on that nose ring?
But it's the eyes that will draw you in...'Nostalgia' from her series 'Portrait of a Lover'
The emotion in the eyes can change in a brushstroke....
'Sweet Seduction' from her series 'Portrait of a lover'
There is an earthiness to the women in the pictures and as someone commented on her blog and I totally agree, it is reminiscent of Gauguin.
Though it is hard for me to choose a favorite, her painting 'Amrita Devi' deserves a special mention. It is based on the life of a rural 'Bishnoi' woman from Rajasthan, India. Many, many years ago Bishnoi women chose to lay down their lives rather than allow trees to be cut down. The You Tube video that accompanies this painting tells you the amazing story!
To read more about her art and the inspiration behind the paintings, visit Dithi at her blog, Deezden. Dithi sells her paintings and prints via her Etsy shop.
All images courtesy of Dithi.
Updated 4/2: I also wanted to add that Dithi accepts commissions and watching her translate an idea into a work of art is awesome!