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The latest Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone starer “Love Aaj Kal” have created lot of buzz around. Firstly, its a good movie and in no time attained a blockbuster status. And secondly, Deepika Padukone’s profession – a “Fresco Painter”. When I say buzz that is because lot of people (including me) don’t know really what Fresco is all about. The funny thing is even in the movie there is a dialogue which typically states that nobody know or understands what Fresco is all about. I too got curious and did little research on this form of painting. Let me share with you all about Fresco in brief….:)

What is Fresco ??

Fresco is any of several related painting types, done on plaster on walls or ceilings. The word fresco comes from the Italian word “affresco” which is derived from the adjective fresco (“fresh”), and has Latin origins. Frescoes were often made during the Renaissance and other early time periods and was highly refined form of artistic expression appreciated by diverse cultures for thousands of years.

Fundamentals of Fresco.

Fundamentally, fresco is the art of painting in which hand ground natural earth pigments are put onto a damp lime plaster wall. As the painted plaster wall dries, the lime in the plaster carbonizes and absorbs the particles of painted pigment into place. The chemistry that occurs between the lime as it calcifies and the earth colors as they are absorbed into the plaster creates an effect of inner light and luminosity that only intensifies over time. Rather than being an image made of colored pigments that sit on top of a surface, the fresco painting becomes part of the structure of the wall. This is why, in many climates, frescoes can be installed indoors and outdoors.

In fresco painting, it is necessary to have a well-thought-out design prepared before hand, as the medium does not permit experimentation or changes in drawing as is possible in most other ways of painting. If the plaster dries before it is completed, or if you have made a serious error, start over again with a new coat—a little bit of plastering experience will convince you that it is wiser to do the best you can with the piece before you—as plastering is really the only hard part of fresco painting.

Light, space, air and architecture are all determining factors in how the fresco shall be painted. The carrying power of the painting must be experienced in the actual setting, and it usually takes one patch, or less in establishing the right key. This is one reason why a fresco is painted directly on the wall, where it will always be seen, has a better chance for being right than anything painted on canvas in the artist’s studio, and later glued to the wall.

On a large fresco toward the beginning of the work it is sometimes difficult to key the color. The first sections are so high and isolated that there is nothing to which to key the color, value and intensity. In addition as the work progresses the fresh new plaster is darker than other previous (and dry) patches next to it; it takes experience to trust that each daily section will match the previously completed ones.

Here are some sites where you can get more info about Fresco Paintings.

http://truefresco.net/
http://www.truefresco.com/
http://www.italianfrescoes.com/

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