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In India

2014, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 35 x 72 1/2", by Jenny Badger Sultan

Painting titled 'In India', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge Detail of cat doing yoga from painting titled 'In India', by Jenny Badger Sultan.
Detail of Krishna from painting titled 'In India', by Jenny Badger Sultan.
Returning from a month-long trip to India in 2014, I painted some of the impressions that were the most vivid for me.

Color stood out especially--the intense reds and yellows of women’s clothing and offerings of flowers.

The huge rock carvings at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu were awe-inspiring, with images of Durga slaying Mahisha the Bufffalo Demon (upper right of painting), and Arjuna’s Penance where the Ganges is shown descending to earth, flowing over a group of nagas (down center of painting).

I was also moved by a black statue of Kali with flower garlands (left center), and Krishna dancing on the head of the serpent Kaliya (lower left; close-up to right).

There are many wonderful animal images carved on this massive rock face including this cat meditating in a yoga pose while mice crowd around in admiration (lower right of painting; close-up, above right).

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