Who draw on the feathers of birds
Pushpalal Dangol draws a picture of a bird. He used to draw various bird shapes on paper and canvas. Nowadays, birds are painted on their feathers.
He is practicing feather painting.
The family of Pushpalal, who has been painting birds for three decades, is involved in it. His family is known for painting birds. Her father Hari, brother Ishwar and sisters Mina and Pratima are all good at drawing birds.
About four years ago, his father, brothers and sisters had a group painting exhibition with him. Pushpalal had the idea of feathers in his mind while working for the purpose of doing some new art in the same exhibition.
‘It’s frustrating to work in the same style for so long. That’s why it is refreshing to do new work, ‘he said, who has been painting birds for about thirty years.
Her father Hari is credited with the profession of painting birds. Her children followed in her footsteps.
In the beginning, Hari did not draw pictures of birds. Paubha was fond of painting. In 1970, he met Robert Fleming, an ornithologist.
At that time, Fleming was looking for a bird painting artist to publish the book ‘Birds of Nepal’. Lansing Bangdel, who was tasked to find the artist, had met Hari and Hem Poudel.
Bird painting was not easy 50 years ago when there was no internet facility like now. When he went to different places for research, he would sometimes take the Fleming artists with him and sometimes he would kill the birds and bring cotton and medicine in it and bring samples. Seeing that, the artists used to draw pictures for the book.
The work of the book is over. Hari was fascinated by bird pictures. Many looked at his picture and praised him, ‘What a real bird you have made.’
Such a reaction would have made him even happier. Perhaps, he was looking for a break from the long-established Pooja art. Now he has taken a break from life.
Even after Hari Bite, his children are continuing this work. But nowadays only Ishwar and Pushpalal are fully connected with painting. Pushpalal is an independent artist. Ishwar also teaches painting at school. The two daughters are sometimes connected only when there is an exhibition.
According to Pushpalal, when they were little, Hari used to make sketches of birds and leave them to paint. He was working in the Agriculture Development Bank. When they returned home in the evening after working all day, the children would have painted the picture. This is how he became fascinated with painting.
Pushpalal had gone abroad around 1998. He worked in the same restaurant for 12 years. Not being able to paint for a long time, he felt that he could not return to his ancestral profession. When he returned, he started painting life-size birds in a new style. This is the size of birds in reality, the same size in the picture.
After making such a picture, you can know their characteristics, size, where they live, etc. by looking at the picture. For example, a serpentine eagle lives on a rocky outcrop.
Pushpalal says that one has to be very careful while making such a picture. It is challenging for those who know about birds to know the shortcomings of the picture easily.
Pushpalal once thought of putting a bird called Pattison in a tree. Later he found out that the bird would not stay in the tree.
‘You have to know everything about them and make a picture. For information, when a book is studied from Google, ‘he said,’ it takes two to three weeks to make a bird. ‘
He also goes for bird watching. When do they reach different places including Pokhara, Raniwari and Chitwan through ‘Bird Conservation Nepal’? There are 886 species of birds officially registered in Nepal. Although they do not know all the details, Pushpalal says that he knows about their species.
From these studies, he also narrates the characteristics of some birds, ‘The beak of a bird called crossbill crosses. The queen bird is a pair of red and yellow birds. When they sit on a tree, they look like bunches of fruit. It looks like a sack that encloses with a drawstring. ‘
While working on feathers four years ago, he initially worked in 10-12. In which he made birds including chill and kingfisher.
The feathers he paints are chil and pigeon. Although pigeon feathers are easy to find, it is difficult to find large feathers. Her friends would pick her up as Koseli when she was wandering around or in the village. He collects it and draws it when he likes.
Drawing on feathers is not as easy as on paper and canvas. First of all, the feathers should be matched, but if it is damaged, only the work will deteriorate. You can’t even draw a sketch. The color doesn’t stay the same. Dyeing, drying, dyeing again, drying… after doing this three or four times, it is finally ready.
It takes about 4 hours to draw on one feather. He sells it for 4 to 8 thousand rupees. Pushpalal has painted about 100 feathers so far.
‘It simply came to our notice then. If you do new things, people will like you too, ‘he said.
Along with the birds, he also makes pictures of snow leopards, tigers, black panthers and other animals as per the order. Especially those pictures are being sold to hotels, restaurants and banks.
As before, Pushpalal wants to have a group exhibition with his family. There is no good collection as the paintings made by him will be sold