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New Vrindaban to Host Artists’ Seminar: “painting Krishna Art”

by New Vrindaban Communications

Posted July 29, 2010

From September 13 – 22, renowned BBT artists Dhriti devi dasi and Ramadasa Abhirama dasa will conduct an intensive painting seminar in New Vrindaban Community, focusing on Krishna art. The husband and wife team have 35 years of experience painting Krishna art in the US, Europe and India. They will teach the unique style of combining classical western Renaissance techniques and Eastern proportion guidelines from the ancient Vedic scriptures from India. The Vedas are the oldest scriptures known to man, and they include sections on many fine and applied arts, including art, music, dance and architecture.

“This blend of East and West is unprecedented,” said Dhriti. “The impact is beyond our wildest imagination. When we travel to India, we see our work all over the country because the Indians are fascinated with the western techniques. In the west, we are turning Krishna art into a collectors’ item due to its mystical quality.”

The seminar will be from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily. Lodging and vegetarian meals will be available. During the morning, students will focus on figure drawing. In the afternoon, students will work on an individual painting of Lord Krishna, including both figure and landscape techniques. Individual paintings will progress from a thumbnail sketch, to development drawing, to tonal drawing, to color sketch, to studies, and to photographing models for references for the paintings. “This is a classic Western technique that produces paintings that have a sense of ‘realism.’ This is what the Indian public loves about our art,” explained Dhriti.

After teaching in New Vrindaban, the couple will travel to Vrindaban, India, where they will conduct a three-week seminar in painting Krishna art for the fourth year in a row. Dhriti noted, “In India, our students will be traveling from all across the world. Therefore, the seminars are very intense. In New Vrindaban, the atmosphere will be lighter.”

Dhriti devi dasi graduated from the School of Art and Design in New York and studied figurative painting and drawing extensively at the Art Students League of New York. For the next eleven years she worked as an illustrator and art teacher with the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in Los Angeles and Florence, Italy. She furthered her studies at the Academy of Art in Sienna. Originally trained in classical art, Dhriti began exhibiting her work in Paris, Italy and England. Her work has been seen in American Art Review, Southwest Art, Architectural Digest, California Homes, San Diego Magazine, and Aspen Catalogue.

Ramadasa Abhirama dasa graduated with a degree in Fine Art from California State University at Fullerton. He then began illustration work for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in Los Angeles for five years and Florence, Italy for six years. Ramadasa studied techniques such as fresco and tempra at the Academy of Art in Sienna and the Florence Academy of Art, and he studied Vedic art in Mahaballipuram, India. Over the next twelve years, Ramadasa painted over three hundred oils. Many of those paintings still hang chateaus and villas in France, Italy, England, South Africa, and India.

New Vrindaban Community is located south of Moundsville – Wheeling, off Route 250. For more information about the “Painting Krishna Art” seminar, contact (304) 845-9591 or