How to bring the luminosity in a painting?

The fourth aphorism - Labannyayojonam

This chapter of the grammar book I am about to represent is related to the luminosity of the painting. Before starting the discussion, it is necessary to perceive, what is luminosity? Keep it in mind that form spread everywhere in the universe, but luminance is not available consequently with form. It has a separate impact that resplendent by overlapping the form. The meaning of “Labannayojonam” is creating a luminosity and expanse its beauty. Affirming to that oldest author’s description, I considered, it is not enough to create just a visual beauty on canvas. To get a complete success, it is necessary to have the luminosity in a painting.

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The sense of luminosity would depend on the disposition of a soul. The Author has given an instance; that is, a bit of dry wood comes with several utilities for various individuals. When a woodcutter will look at this piece, it will come for him as a fuel of his cooking; whereas, in a case of an artist, it would become a serious element of his next new work. It would be useless to the view of a monk. Luminosity depends on this way. In the destruction or death, we will not find out luminosity, although it has owned a form and fashion. Luminosity is the best part indeed as the form of a painting or sculpture but granting to the conduct, it is not cover all the form of a human figure until it is nude, rather it takes place in lips, eyes, body language or it may take place internally. An artist may depict a painting of a skeleton or a pile of sweepings. In that painting, we may determine a form, but we will not be able to find out the luminosity in that painting.


What are the primary activities of luminosity in painting? The author described that it helps to change the unrestrained form into an attentive course.  He brought the instance of NATARAJA statue as an ideal of the unrestrained form where the artist makes an imaginary furious expression of Lord Shiva; however, we found many statues of Lord Shiva in the pleasant mood when he is with his wife. In NATARAJA statue, we would not find the luminosity as we have seen in the couple statue of Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva in furious mood.
Lord Shiva in Pleasant mood.

Here is a notable fact depicted by the author that the luminosity never depends on color! The clarification of this opinion is,- sometimes, a black young girl looks sweeter than a white skinned girl. In my life, I noticed the truth of those words in several times. The luminosity helps to expose the hidden beauty that is not describable in language; it becomes only discoverable by the purity of artistic vision and sense. Luminosity, that is conceded with the joint cooperation of Form and emotion. The color you are using only helps to describe the luminosity of the object. In other words, your style of color making helps you to describe the luminosity of your object. It would not extend if emotion does not nourish the form. It gives the life to form.  The elegance of a Doe placed on the rich black eyes of that Doe. Those eyes help to create the luminance in the doe’s face.

Although luminosity always hid under the form, but in some rare case, it reveals very clearly that depend on a certain situation or moment. That moment may appear for one or two minutes without previous notice that has no chance to revert back. Here is a little example of such situation I experienced, -

 One day I met a rough faced blackish poor village housewife with her tattered clothes. She was talking with me. That woman was not an attention-grabbing, however, when she saw her little 4 years old boy coming back from school, she sweetly called him with her smiling face. It was just for few seconds, but I noticed her amazing smile on that roughed face. As a metaphor, it looks like a little sunshine revealed from a blackish cloudy sky. This is the luminosity!! It may appear anywhere and anytime without previous notice. Artists should have to be conscious of that situation or moment to respect the interior elegance of a figure or object. Here experience is a primary factor to let out the luminosity.

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The Author has given a beautiful example of pearl and affirmed that luminousness of the body color would be similar to the lighten shadow of the inner side of the pearl.  He described the luminosity of a pearl hiding in the inner side of it, where a liquid, transparent shadow increases the luminance of the bead. It would not be a matter of deprivation or loss if it would remain absent in pearl. Nevertheless, it is that important thing, which builds itself a covetable matter for us. We feel cheerfulness when we watch it, which brings us another meaning of it, and we realize why we should take more time to live in our beautiful world.   


Now we have to find out the gist of the discussion, - 

1. What is luminosity?

Luminosity is the soul of a painting that is conceded with the joint cooperation of form and emotion.

2. How to create luminosity in a painting?

There is nothing any magical way to create the luminosity in a painting. Only you have to be conscious of that situation or moment to respect the interior elegance of a figure or object. Here experience is a primary factor to let out the luminosity. On the other hand, it depend on your style of color making.

3.How to find out the luminosity in our surrounded nature or in an object?

It completely depends on the artistic vision and experience. Luminosity work internally with the form but in some rare case, it reveals very clearly that depend on a certain situation or moment. 



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Last updated on - 07.12.2023