Sunday 24 May 2015

Nako, a heritage village in Kinnaur valley, Himachal Pradesh

Nako is one of the most picturesque villages of Kinnaur valley. ( 11500 ft ).The houses are beautiful made of stones and mud. The roofs are constructed with a layer of skinned out Eucalyptus tree trunks which are layered parallel to one another and dried out hay too is used in between. Prayer flags and stones with religious scriptures is a common sight.

After having done lot of landscape paintings, this time around I decided to paint a typical village scene in Nako using soft pastels. It was around 10 am and nice and bright day.The houses and the lane in between were in shadows which made for a good composition. It was so much like an architectural drawing and I tried to get the perspective right. Since this is my first townscape kind of a painting I restricted myself from overdoing the details.

Original soft pastel painting of a morning scene in Nako village, by Manju Panchal

Nako village
Soft pastels on Fabriano paper
size 6" x 9"

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