Arcadia, an exhibition of paintings with natural dyes
About the Artist
After retirement, she has settled down in the evergreen valley of Dehradun between Shivalik Hills and Himalayan Range of Mussoorie. There, she was inspired by the beautiful surroundings to paint with natural dyes extracted from flowers, leaves, roots, etc. from her garden.
The dahlias, geraniums, lantana, coleus, crotons, turmeric all give wonderful colors after boiling them in water for a few minutes. Mixing them with lemon juice or soda, she is able to get a range of colors and shades. Best effect comes out on hand-made papers, even newsprint paper has different effect.
Initially she started painting flowers and still lifes. Then came a turning point. Being environmentally conscious, she was distressed by the degradation caused by human neglect and natural disasters, especially the forest fires in Uttarakhand Hills. This is reflected in some of her paintings.
Tomar says, “I think I will call them ‘ Paintings by Chance ‘. My paintings literally emerged that way. One day after plucking wilted flowers in the garden, I noticed my fingers were stained with brilliant red, pink and purple. I had always been fascinated by colours. Some people perceive world as forms some as splashes of colours. I am of the latter kind”.
Her experiment with natural dyes is continuing since last few years, and she is constantly looking for new natural sources to extract colors.
“Over the years I had been experimenting with various techniques and styles of Indian folk art like Madhubani, Pichhwai, Indian miniatures. All these experiments have culminated in creating these paintings, these paintings of joy “!!
Date: 2nd– 8th August 2017
Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Road
Viewing Time: 11 am – 7 pm