"The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing,” said S. Brown. Indeed, after the cold of winter, the refreshing season of spring is what brings endless cheer to our planet. Here’s a look at the diverse artistic interpretations.
Spring unfolds like beautiful jewels
Bejeweled Spring By Manisha Gera Baswani
Manisha Gera Baswani makes spring flow into her canvas with a visceral beauty. A modern artist, she draws inspiration from works from Indian miniatures and Buddhist murals. In this work, “Bejeweled Spring”, the whole earth is brimming with jewel colours and trees in full bloom winding their way skywards welcoming the season. The lavish use of strokes and colour is a metaphor for the bounty spring represents. The medium is gouache on board.
The melody of spring
Ragini Basanti By Rajeev Kumar
This beautiful acrylic on paper work by Rajeev Kumar is titled “Ragini Basanti” and belongs to the folk art Ragamala paintings. To understand this, we must go back to the Indian system of classical music where there are six principal ragas. Each Raga has five wives called raginis and eight sons. The complete Ragamala has eighty four raga and raginis. Ragamala paintings personify each raga using deities or nayaka-nayika as symbols. The theme, characters and their attitudes, colours, background and so on are designed to evoke the mood and sentiment of that particular raga.
The melody of spring is portrayed here with new leaves, blossoming of flowers and songs of the birds. In this mesmerizing setting are two young women among the yellow and white blossoms of trees plucking flowers.
Floral ode to the season
Love Blooming In Nature Series 1 By Shivangi Pandey
What better summarises the beauty and freshness of spring than a bunch of fresh flowers! This evergreen theme has been reinterpreted in acrylic on canvas by Shivangi Pandey. She says, “This series is inspired by nature and endless colours we find in this world. Through this series I can express my feelings towards colours and textures and the natural beauty of flowers."