Angela Patey-Johnson, USA
I purchased an original painting from Komal in November of 2020. I communicated questions back and forth with the artist and she was very prompt and helpful. The painting arrived in a heavily protected package so it was in pristine condition and absolutely beautiful. It looked just as it did on her website and social media pages. Shipping was fast, even internationally. I was very happy with this process, and of course, the painting. Komal's work is beautiful, organic, and conveys wonderful movement. I will definitely be purchasing more work from her in the future.
Priya Chandé, Founder of Unwindldn & One Young World Ambassador
This week we met the talented Komal Madar who taught us the ancient Indian art form of Madhubani painting. A folkart hailing from North India, its often found in rural villages and practised by women who have passed the tradition down to their daughters through multiple generations. They usually use a variety of tools, including fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks as well as natural dyes/pigments to create the paintings.
Renowned for its eye-catching geometric patterns, we began by creating border patterns on paper. Just practising this was super therapeutic, requiring focus and a steady hand, we entered a state of flow in no time at all!
Once we were confident with these, Komal talked us through themes often found in Madhubani paintings such as nature, mythology. We decided to draw a tree of life filled with magical birds.
khadi paper is the perfect material to use for this as it offers a really nice rustic and authentic look. After marking our borders, we began to sketch. Komal is a fantastic teacher and patiently guided us through the process. She brings lots of templates to help you #draw birds and floral patterns making it a lot less daunting or to help when you have a creative block!
We were supposed to have painted it by the end of our session but got so carried away with the intricate details, we only got to sketching it. The beauty of art is that it's a process and it can be all consuming- a perfect distraction from the outside world!