Painting Tips: Pressure Washing Before You Paint

Before you get started painting the exterior of your home you need to do a little prep work. One of the very first things you will want to do is clean the outside of your home of any loose debris and or old flaking paint in order for the new paint to adhere properly to the surface. Loose debris includes dirt, spider webs, wasp nests, old flaking paint, etc.

Before you pressure wash go around the house and make sure all the windows and vents are closed leading to the outside. Also make sure any electrical outlets and or cords are closed, shut off or removed from the area you plan on pressure washing. DO NOT spray water directly on outlets, lights, power boxes, or any other area where there is a possibility of being electrocuted.

Pressure washers can be rented at a local rental center, hardware stores and some paint stores. You should only need it for a few hours so plan on renting it for a half day. Make sure to read the instructions or have someone go over the operational aspect of the pressure washer.

When pressure washing you will want to start a good distance away from the siding 3-4 feet is a good starting distance. This will allow you to gauge how far you need to be to get the loose debris and loose paint off the house without removing too much of the old paint. The idea is to remove debris and old flaking paint off the siding without removing the paint that is still stuck to the surface. It can be real easy to get carried away and start removing a large amount of paint that is sticking just fine to the surface. Pressure washers put out a large amount of pressure and can start taking pitting or taking off the wood siding. Therefore, it is important not to get the nozzle of the pressure washer too close to the house. Start at the top, usually the gutters and or over hangs, and move down the siding towards the bottom. Make sure to allow the loose debris to wash off the surface and onto the ground. Don’t forget to continually move the nozzle, if you don’t you can possibly remove too much material in an area. When you are done with an area, recheck it for residual loose debris. Move this way around the whole house double checking as you go along. Let the house dry completely before moving on to the next step of the painting process. Don’t forget to use a quality primer to seal any raw wood areas.

I hope this tip was useful and helps you produce a beautiful and professional finish on your home. Remember, a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home adds a great deal to the curb appeal and value of your home. 

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Full Sleeve Tattoo: Information and Tips

A full sleeve tattoo is one that literally covers the arm from shoulder to wrist. The most beautiful full sleeve tattoos are the ones that blend into one flowing tattoo.

In order to achieve this, one must try to envisage the end result before even going to the parlour. Discussing your ideas with the tattoo artist will also greatly help into achieving the look that you are after.

Things may get a bit tricky if you already have some tattoos on some parts of your arm. A professional tattoo artist will be able to offer you various options and ideas of how he can connect all existing tattoos and make them seem as though you had wanted a full sleeve tattoo from the outset.

A common technique that is used to achieve a flowing tattoo, is to add backgrounds to existing tattoos. Popular backgrounds include flame tattoos, smoke and swirls.

If on the other hand, you’re thinking of getting a sleeve tattoo from scratch, then the world is literally your oyster because you have total freedom as to what type of tattoos you can choose.

It is said that the most beautiful full sleeve tattoos are ones which revolve around a specific theme. Favorite themes for full sleeve tattoos include floral designs, Celtic themes, tribal tattoos, Japanese art, religious tattoos and much more.

If you already have a few pieces on your arm, it is imperative that the theme fits these existing tattoos otherwise you will lose the whole flowing effect.

Work closely with your tattoo artist so that you’ll get an idea of how the whole thing would look BEFORE the actual work starts. Have the whole design created on paper first.

If this is your first tattoo or you only have a couple of tattoos, try to talk to different artists so that you’ll get a good feel of what each one is capable of. Then go with the one who is on the same page as you.

A full sleeve tattoo will most likely take a couple of weeks to complete (sometimes even months or longer). This largely depends on how elaborate the design is and pain tolerance. It is important that you allow healing time from swelling to get the best results.

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Pros and Cons of Using Spray Paint

For all you DIY home renovators sick of using paint rollers and brushes, spray paint can be a panacea for all your problems. Instead of using labor intensive techniques that put tremendous pressure on your back and still don’t give you that perfect finish, you can resort to paint sprayers that provide a nice, even coat of paint provided you do it right.

Positive Aspects of Spray Painting

Paint brushes are great for small areas which require intensive coats of paint. But if you want to cover wide swaths of area with minimum effort, a spray paint is best for the job. Spray painting also has the added benefit that it can override some surface imperfections like gaps, cracks, bumps etc that paint brushes and rollers have problems with.

Using a spray paint also allows for an even coat. However, you do need to be mindful of overlapping but it is of less concerning factor here than with paint rollers.

The operator has greater control over the process and can get the job done and over with quickly and easily. It also helps in the control of material and labor cost of the overall project.

Custom Paint

One way to make spray painting interesting is by using a custom paint. As the name suggests, a custom paint is a unique paint that is distinct from anyone else’s paint. Using a custom paint is a way of expressing one’s individual personality. In fact, the more you look at it, the more it reveals. It adds a new depth and dimension to the paint. There are literally millions of options to choose from and the choice is limited only by your imagination.

Things You Need to Consider

Many home renovators simply assume that spray painting can be used for any project. This is not the case. It is ideal for smooth surfaces where other options like brushes and rollers leave an unsatisfactory effect. It gives excellent results when used for external painting jobs especially for garage doors, external metal doors, frames, metal equipment etc.

There is a lot of preparation work that goes in before using the Spray paint. Everything that is not to be painted has to covered with masking tape, tarp etc. You need to make sure that all furniture, windows and floors are properly protected. There is no leeway here and no margin for error.

It is not very wise to use spray painting for a small job. You may end up spending more time doing the preparation and cleaning up afterward than the actual painting work.

Conventional spray painting systems are accompanied by overspray. A very fine spray can spread to furniture and humans which is not very good from a health point of view.

Any final decision regarding spray paint and custom paint should be arrived at only after thoughtful consideration of the above factors. Proper operational techniques will give you the best results.

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Paint and Ladder Safety Equipment

House painting is dangerous if the right precautions and the necessary safety equipment are not used. For your next home improvement painting project there are several types of paint safety equipment that can make a big difference. Consider hiring Professional House painters and decorators if you decide not to invest in all the necessary safety equipment, this could be more cost effective for you in the long run.

Professional House painters recommend the main areas to protect are the skin and clothing, eyes and lungs. Neoprene gloves are the best way to protect your hands from exposure to solvents or dangerous chemicals. And the head and hair can be covered with a cap. Eye protection is often overlooked. The greatest risks are paint chips from scraping or dust from sanding plus paint drips. To avoid damage to the eyes wear safety glasses or goggles. Also to consider is a dust masks, an absolute must have painting tools in many situations. The primary dangers are from sanding, especially when working on old finishes.

Ladder Safety Equipment

Additional paint safety equipment deals with the most dangerous aspect of many home improvement projects, ladder safety. The ladders that are most dangerous are extension ladders and there are three primary pieces of safety equipment that you should own. These are ladder levellers, ladder stabilisers and the pot hook.

Ladder Levellers: Are an absolute must and very useful for both interior as well as exterior painting. The levellers keep the ladder level on varying terrain, much safer than piling wood or other items to stabilise the ladder. Several types of ladder levellers are available, from self adjusting to manual. The manual type can be used on stairs for a stable painting experience.

A Ladder Stabiliser: A set of arms that attaches to the top of the extension ladder, spreading out the two contact points for more stability. Another advantage is the ability to span the ladder across windows or other obstacles. The stabiliser does however make it hard to position the ladder close to a corner for easy reach of trim. Also, ladder stabilizers add more weight to the top of the ladder making erecting and repositioning a little more difficult.

The Pot Hook: Is like having a third hand. This simple and very inexpensive accessory allows you to work and still have one hand firmly holding the ladder. The simple pot hook probably does as much for paint safety as all the other accessories combined.

All of these safety accessories combined together will drastically increase your safety and possibly save your life. When you add up the cost of all the equipment needed to even start to renovate your home, you may want to consider getting some quotes on getting the professional House painters in to undertake your next home improvement painting project.

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Why Choose Spiral Software Development Model Instead of Waterfall Model

The process of developing software is all about bringing an idea to life. An impalpable creative concept in the head is converted into a practical and functional system. This transition, known as the software development life cycle (SDLC) is often an arduous one. It requires a lot of time, effort and most importantly the right skill set, before successful software is developed. The professional developers use different approaches to obtain the final software. Two of the most popularly known models are the Waterfall Model and the Spiral Model of software development. But in the last couple of years, the preference for spiral model has increased manifold. Both the clients and the vendors of software development services find it more convenient to take the spiral route.

For those who are still not able to discover the merits of going spiral, here are the three reasons why waterfall model is now obsolete:

Waterfall model is strictly linear

Like the force of gravity always pulls down, similarly the waterfall model will always proceed downward, from first step to second, to third, to fourth till last step. These steps are similar to the steps in spiral model. They are:

· Capture requirements from clients

· Layout and Design

· Code and program

· Integrate and functionalize the system

· Testing for bugs, errors

· Deliver to client

· Continued maintenance

In waterfall model, suppose if you have reached the testing stage, and you want to add some other codes and tweak the design, it won’t be possible. On the other hand, in the spiral model one can go back and re-visit and re-modify each step. The spiral model has such iterations, and we keep moving in a circular loop, going over all the steps, until we are convinced that we have got just the perfect software. So after the last phase is completed, it goes back to the step one, and again begins the entire process. The desired alterations are made and a quality check is performed during all iterations.

Waterfall model lacks client participation

The involvement of clients is limited to the first phase when they tell all that they need to the software development team. Once their requirements are captured, the development team takes complete charge of the work.

While the clients do get periodic reports about the status of completion of the development work, but they cannot intervene again in the stages of designing or coding and tweak the software. The spiral model however allows the client to advise the team in each phase of development and encourages their participation.

Therefore whenever the clients outsource software development, they should enquire which SDLC model the vendor will use. If the client doesn’t understand all the technical differences between various models, they should try to understand Spiral Model of SDLC in the Layman’s Language. And then make an informed choice. Many vendors like VSD prefer to use the spiral model as it guarantees complete satisfaction of the clients and develops the solution exactly as per their needs.

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Forbidden Images Of Homosexual And Lesbian Sex In Shunga

Shunga, literally “Images of Spring”, is the generic term used to describe erotic prints, books, scrolls and paintings of Japan.


Only recently (1990s) the study of shunga images depicting homosexual (male-male sex) and lesbian (female-female sex) acts of love have been commenced. This belated research of this “hidden domain” was caused by the official censorship in Japan and also because of the unease and prudery concerning the specific subject-matter in the past.  


Homosexuality, in Japanese called nansoku meaning ‘male love’, was not an uncommon phenomenon during the Edo (today’s Tokyo) period in Japan. In the early years of the Tokugawa regime (early 17th century) men greatly outnumbered women in Edo. There were very strict rules imposed by the government inspired by the loyal standards of Confucianism which excluded women to participate in any kind of work with the exception of household tasks. These regulations and the shortage of women can be seen as deciding factors for the huge amount of homosexual activities. The most characteristic feature of the depictions in shunga of male-male sex is the relation between the two involved “lovers”. The leading and dominant male with his shaven head is always the older one, this on the basis of seniority or higher social status, while the subjected passive partner was a pre-pubescent or pubescent boy or a young man depicted with a unshaven forelock. These young boys are often shown in female cloths and therefore easily mistaken for girls. They served as pages to high ranking samurai’s, monks, wealthy merchants or older servants and were most desired during their adolesence especially between the age of 15 and 17 years when the anus was still without hair. There are also several shunga designs on the theme of threesome sex depicting one man (always a young male) in the midst of sexual intercourse with a female partner while being taken from behind by an intruder. In most shunga images representing man/youth anal intercourse, the genitalia of the young man are often concealed focusing the attention of the viewer on the garment and elegant lines of the body.      

Female Secrets  

While there was a Japanese term for male-male (nanshoku) and male-female sex, joshoku or nyoshoku meaning ‘female love’, there was no such word to describe female-female sex or lesbianism. Most of the shunga’s I have come accross as a dealer in the past 15 years regarding explicitly female concentrated designs (approx. 20 various designs!) depicted either isolated women masturbating using her fingers or a harigata (artificial phallus) or two intimate women using this same sexual device. Hokusai (1760-1849), the most famous Ukiyo-e master designed two lesbian ehon (book) prints including one with two awabi (abalone) divers using a sea cucumber. Up to now the only shunga featuring this subject that has been described in literature is Eiri’s famous design from his oban sized series Models of Calligraphy’  (Fumi no kiyogaki) published in 1801. In their book ‘Shunga, the Art of Love in Japan’ (1975) Tom and Mary Evans make an interesting comparison with Eiri’s (they attribute it to Eisho) shunga design and the paintings of the influential post-impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec:  

“Whereas Toulouse-Lautrec concentrated on the emotional bond between the girls, and the sad emptiness of the way of life which thrust them into each other’s arms, Eisho (Eiri) was concerned with the physical details of their relationship. And while even such an open-minded artist as Lautrec felt that such details were more than could be reasonably presented to his public, for the Japanese they were the central feature of the design”. (Evans – ‘Shunga, the Art of Love in Japan’)  

It must be emphasized that these images of lesbianism in shunga were the result of male fantasies, designed by men and intended for a male audience.

Profound View  

Notwithstanding the embarassment the Japanese at first felt for the representation of these suppressed themes within the shunga genre it’s exactly these particular images that provide a profound view into the cultural and historical background of their country during the Edo period.

Recommended Literature  

‘Shunga, the Art of Love in Japan’  (1975)         – Tom and Mary Evans  
‘Sex and the Floating World’  (1999)                 – Timon Screech
‘Japanese Erotic Prints’  (2002)                         – Inge Klompmakers
‘Japanese Erotic Fantasies’ (2005)                    – C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel

Important Shunga Artists  

Hishikawa Moronobu (? -1694)
Suzuki Harunobu (c.1725-1770)
Isoda Koryusai  (1735-90)
Chokyosai Eiri (act. c.1789-1801)  
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753 -1806)  
Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)
Katsukawa Shuncho (act. c.1780s-early 1800s)
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1833)
Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)
Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867)
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89)


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Fabric Painting As A Career

Fabric painting is not the most conventional of careers to choose from; in fact most would relegate it to the hobbies listing, an obscure craft. Some would ask, “Who would want to spend their career with fabric paint?” But think about it; if the career were not a significant one, we would all be sitting on bland, colorless and design free furniture, we would probably all be dressed up in flour sacks and staring at blank walls. Of course that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get the point, I’m sure.

As a career fabric painter, you have the opportunity to add creative and sometimes colorful value to the world we live in. Although fabric painting can be a laborious pursuit it has become thousands of times easier to reproduce fabric painting on numerous mediums. With the advent of digital art, reproduction artwork can be placed on cups, plates, textiles, shoes, wood and more.

The prospects are actually quite exciting when you think about it. Rather than designers buying that blase fabric for their fashion accessories project, you can now offer them custom fabrics, specially created for their specific use; something unique to their collection. Designers can now say bye, bye to boring; and hello to happy. Their clients will love you for it.

Artists can now create their masterpieces and have them duplicated for short run reproduction just as easy as or perhaps easier than it would have been to process the art through the traditional fabric mills. This is great but there are still some major manufacturing companies that hire artists to create hand painted designs for their new collections. They then take the artists designs and produce them on various types of fabrics.

One career that is easily integrated and is an offshoot of fabric painting is, screen printing, which in itself is a vast field. Traditionally, screen printing has been viewed as the answer to producing tee shirts for schools and casual wear. Today the screen printing industry is booming as artists are getting even more creative and adding flair to their designs.

The sizes of screens have grown from a little bitty square on the front of your shirt to a large format screen designed for all over tee shirt design. Still there are others who use this screen printing method to create custom yardage for sale and for creating their own line of goods.

Such artwork was initially painted on fabric and later printed on garments for toddlers and adults alike. Just as the original was embellished with studs, stones, sequins and glitter, so too are the creations of the silk screen artist. The beauty of course is once the original design has been developed on fabric and screens created, the design can be produced in unlimited colors, sizes and of course quantities.

On the flip side of the screen printing issue are the embellishers who are also fabric painters in their own right. These artists take a generally basic design and customize it, giving it the oomph it may have needed. This is done many times with fabric paint, rhinestones, mirrors, ribbons and a host of other accessories.

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How To Best Paint A Teak Bench

A teak bench, or indeed any other piece of teak furniture, is a great investment and will look fantastic indoors, outdoors, or wherever some extra seating is needed. The Class 1 hardwood is extremely durable and long-lasting, while its color can range from a light straw to richer, deeper hues. That being said, almost anyone you ask will tell you the same thing: Do not paint a teak bench. However, sometimes if the wood is old, scratched up or has fallen into disrepair, painting is the best and only option left. If you do decide to break out the brush, make sure you do it right. A botched paint job will have wood looking worse than when you started with it.

In addition to covering up the natural grain and tone of the wood, painting teak benches is discouraged because teak is one type of wood that is notoriously difficult to paint. That is because the wood produces a natural oil, which on the one hand preserves and protects it from splitting, fungus and insects, but on the other hand makes it hard for paint and stains to stick to the exterior.

If you’re starting out with a surface that is already finished, clean the wood off using mineral spirits to remove any grease, wax or residue. If, on the other hand, you decide to strip the wood of its finish, you will have to clean the wood with acetone to remove the teak’s natural oils; otherwise primers and paints will not adhere correctly. Next, use a scotchbrite pad or light sandpaper to smooth the surface. After the wood is clean and even, apply a primer, like Zinsser 123. Allow the primer to set, usually for about a day, and then proceed to the paint. Stick with certified outdoor latex paints like Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore for best results. Semi-gloss or gloss paints work especially well to repel dirt. Apply one even coat to teak benches. Once that has dried, apply a second layer. Applying less than two coats will result in weaker color, and depending how much of the second coat is absorbed by the wood, you may be able to get away with a third coat.

Even if you follow all of the necessary precautions, the results of painting a teak bench can be disappointing. Because of the high oil content, the paint you apply, no matter how conscientiously, could eventually lead to peeling and scarring of the wood. Before making a go of it, it would be wise to consult a specialist at your local furniture or outdoors store who can best recommend the right products.

If you are lucky, painting a teak bench can breathe new life into otherwise old and dilapidated furniture. There is also the added benefit with paint of being able to match furniture pieces to your décor and color scheme. In conclusion, the question of “to paint or not to paint” depends on your furniture. New teak furniture really should not be painted. You are already paying more for the specific type of wood, and its grain and color are two of its main selling points. For new furniture, simply use a sealant once to twice a year. Because of its natural oils, a teak bench will continue to look great on its own with little maintenance.

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The Green Palette

Pakistan has inherited many things from the colonial rule when it became the sovereign state on 14th August 1947 as there was no source of developed knowledge and information other than what the rulers have adopted and then left behind for themselves.

The British took control over a state which was very much a monarchist under the Mughals, but when they left, it had to adopt the all famous democratic system of politics; the thrones, where once the emperors used to sit, fastened the governor general, presidents and prime ministers for the time to come. The army, social institutions, music, sports, couture, cuisine, architecture and administration, in short all walks of life absorbed and displayed a prolific plethora of post colonial western influence as this doctrine was considered the best and the most appropriate one owing to its association with the ruling and powerful class.

The language embraced the modern and non traditional style due to a total extrication from Persian, and partially from Arabic; the two pivotal languages which had remained a mark of distinction and wisdom for the Muslim community, from Neil to Kashghar. Modern Muslims, especially after being put in status with the modern politics by virtue of entirely new and liberal policies of Mohammedan Anglo Indian Conference and the academics of Aligarh College, which later became a university, were well aware of the new philosophy, psychology, architecture, sciences and all other branches of literature and arts, this class actually took over after the birth of new state Pakistan on 14th of August 1947. Therefore, what we introduced to Pakistani arts in common was mostly an inspiration of western modern art of the early 20th century; the fragments of post-modern American or post-war European art.

In the early days of Pakistan Anna Molka Ahmed was in Lahore, a migrated artist from THE UK who also cradled the first generation of Pakistani artists at Fine Arts Department of the Punjab University that she had founded in 1940. This department produced the first batch of four teachers who later shaped early years of Pakistani art; they were Anwar Afzal, Zakia Malik Sheikh, Razzia Feroz and Nasim Hafeez Qazi.

On the other hand, there was Zubeda Agha, who was trained under BS Saniyal and an Italian prisoner of war Mario Perlingieri. Later, she received art education in the west so, she was under immense influence of western style and technique. Zubeda rejected the traditional painting style and emerged as the first modernistic colourist despite resistance from the native critique.

At the same time, Anna Molka was trying to capture the indigenous topics related to religion and folklore, but since she was an expressionist in her technique, the local fauna and flora got ablaze after being expressed through the ‘knife and palette’ technique of her. Anna at times, just squeezed the colour tube on the canvas and dragged it with her knife to get the desired spontaneity and embossed texture. Therefore, what she produced was indigenous in subject but very much western in terms of technique.

Given that the native style was attributed to the Mughal school of Miniature painting that later got popularity up on the hill states of Himachal Pardesh (Basohli, Chamba, Guler, Kangra and Bilaspur) until the Sikh era. Ustad Haji Sharif was one of the exponents of the court style painting owing to the long association of his forefathers to the royal court of Patiala, an important Sikh state of the now Indian Punjab. After his migration to Lahore, Ustad Sharif imparted his knowledge and passed on the ultimate skills of book illumination and illustration at the Department of Fine Arts and the Mayo School of Arts (NCA) Lahore.

Another Ustad, Allah Bakhsh, in the line of traditional and realistic style of the east, contributed to the infancy of Pakistani painting. Allah Bakhsh painted the rich culture and folklore along with a touch of romanticism in subject, especially when he put on canvas the folk love-stories like Heer Ranjha and Sohni Mahiwal and at the same time he, under the influence of modern art and romantic painters of the west, put on a show the mystic canvasses like “Talism-i Hoshruba”.

During this process of evolution, the secular style Miniature painting was breathing at Calcutta, where Abhiander Nath Taygore was a great proponent of the gauche technique. This style inspired the free-flowing hand of Abd al-Rehman Chughtai, who evolved the Bengali style of Miniature painting to unmatched heights. Other than Chughtai, no one could, actually retain the standards of that lyrical line-quality, soft layers of diffused pigments and the stylized approach, although few tried to get acquainted with the technique, but the wisdom and education, Chughtai acquired in the field of art locally and from abroad, and the intelligentsia around him in the shape of his renowned friends, made him the sole example of a style of his own; the Chughtai Style.

Later, Pakistan was spell-bound by a Magician from, Sadequian: a painter with theatrical qualities, dramatic themes and very crude line quality that hatched the texture within the frame to give vent to the philosophical and poetic themes the artist was inspired at a great level. The urge to communicate loudly and more clearly made Sadequian to switch to Calligraphic painting, which later became his identity and was displayed on the large scales like the ceilings and murals at the Lahore Museum and Mangla Dam respectively. Ismail Gulgee was the other advertiser for Calligraphic painting style which, being conceived as “Islamic Art” contrary to the figurative art, attained popularity in the religious groups. Ultimately non-figurative art earned acceptance in the market and flourished in the unfavorable circumstances of the military-Islamic rule of the 1980s.

If we look upon the academic inspirations, other than Anna Molka, we may find Shakir Ali standing tall and exclusive in the scene with his very simple and rhythmic paintings in flat shades of reds, oranges and blues along with varied lines. His textures within the flat colour areas were simple but masterly fashioned and skillfully balanced. His presence at the National College of Arts Lahore made many to follow him in acquiring new and modern techniques that he had his hands on, during his academic stay at London.

In western art, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin are taken, subsequently as initiators of Cubism, Expressionism and Fauvism. On this pattern, we could divide Pakistani art in three dimensions, the followers of Chughtai, Sadeqauin and Shakir Ali. However, since the latter was the principal and teacher of a renowned Art institution, his impact was immense. For that reason, we could see his followers in the shape of Panj Piyare (the five loved-ones), on the pattern of Akbar’s Navratna (Nine Jewels). These were Raheel Akbar Javed, Sheikh Safdar, A.J. Shamza, Ali Imam and Moyene Najmi. Another reason of this popularity was the style and themes that Shakir introduced to the new generation of late sixties and early seventies, which were more practical and corporeal in execution, even to depict the most abstract and intangible ideas, contrary to the Miniatures of Chughtai or the poetically thematic canvases of Sadequain.

Pakistani institutes imparted education on western lines while the old masters of native conventional styles, mostly took their art to their graves with a little exception of a few numbers of their students.

In Calligraphy, Ahmed Pervez and A. J. Shamza are the names who contributed towards the collective shape of Pakistani art on the grounds of their individual style, but some others made a difference at greater degree. Khalid Iqbal is one, who could be called as the maestro in Landscape painting, with his local colours and western technique of creating enchanting foregrounds and depth in the backgrounds by virtue of his control of tonalities formed through diffusing shades. He introduced Modern Realism to Pakistan, which compelled many to be inspired. Khalid’s presence, first at the Department of Fine Arts and later at the NCA, academically inspired a generation of artists under his fatherly attitude. His immersed but yet soft canvases recorded the different shades of Pakistani soil.

Saeed Akhtar, was another talented graduate from NCA, a draftsman of competency who solved his drawing problems by adopting and applying the observations, he came across while molding sculptures; a way to get adept in three dimensional figurative and portrait painting. The realistic and accurate rendering became his mark of respect.

Zahoor al-Akhlaq, with his philosophical and abstract approach, strengthened the conceptual foundation of modern art in Pakistan and caused NCA to adopt modern styles and techniques in painting.

Punjab University produced Collin David, the most talented and undoubtedly, the most controversial student of Anna Molka for numerous reasons, but a wonderful draftsman of divine linearity he was blessed with. His figurative work showed his anatomical expertise that enabled him to introduce Pakistani art with the flair, on an exaggerated note, of Rubens and Raphael.

Zulqarnain Haider, started as an extension of Khalid Iqbal, by adopting Landscape painting in almost the similar style, but gradually, the Kashmiri restless blood accepted new challenges that nature put ahead of him in changing light, intervening twigs and stretched earth; he captured them from his feet to the vanishing point at horizon, or even beyond.

Ghulam Rasul added the stylization in his Landscapes and enriched the colours of his paintings. He also used the small hills of Potohar as the grey backdrop behind the lush green fields.

Contrary to the Modern Realism of Khalid Iqbal and company, Zubeda Javed emerged as a painter with strong imagination. She is one of those rare female painters of Pakistan, who adopted modern technique of painting Landscapes and Cityscapes, in a manner, that was considered by many, as closed to semi-abstract and Impressionistic. She, with an intuitive colour palette and painterly brush, produced a unique and aesthetically strong display of colours, coming out of deep backgrounds. Her painting style encouraged the modern approach towards colour, composition and light.

English Literature inspired Mian Ijaz al-Hassan to think and act in accordance with the new ideologies that were in vogue in the seventies, his thematic and radical paintings based on communist doctrine disturbed the sound sleep in the upper halls. However, he dug out the fragile soil of Pakistani land with the ‘red scythe’ and sowed the seed of the yellow Laburnum (Amaltas) tree; a pivotal symbol of his paintings.

Iqbal Hussian threw light on the burning and rotten issues related to an abode of notoriety; the red-light area. His Cityscapes might take you to the dark alleys and whispering walls of the old city while his portraits of the bulky and carefree looking women, made a social comment on the unaccepted side of the society.

On the other hand, Ghulam Mustafa crafted a labyrinth comprised of the narrow and shady paths of the walled-city and the lush green mountains of the northern areas with his soft pastels on the textured surface of pastel-sheets or on the well stretched large areas of coarse canvases with oil colours.

Bashir Ahmed initiated the Department of Miniature painting at NCA that inspired many young painters to adopt this conventional painting style. Bashir’s strive to restore the tradition of Miniature painting resulted in Contemporary Miniature that revolutionized this genre in Pakistan.

With torches in the hands of all mentioned above, there were many others along with them, passed on the Pakistan palette to the new generation of painters by stepping into the 21st century.

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Source by Nadeem Alam