Celebrating the spring festival of Holi by Colombe  Cambourne

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Celebrating the spring festival of Holi by 

From a photo by Dilip Menta.

The Rabari celebrate the Hindu spring festival of Holi in Rajasthan. After doing a dance called Dandi and as evening falls upon their village, the dancers surrender to the influence of an opium drink that they take from the open hand of a friend. People in northwestern India share this drink on all favourable occasions.

Pastels (Unison, Artists Spectrum)
Pastel pencile (Derwent, Stabilo)
On Tex Mi Teintes paper
40 × 30 cm


  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darabout 3 years ago


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    – Colombe Cambourne

  • amar singh
    amar singhabout 3 years ago


  • Ha, ha, ha! That’s a nice way to pass a comment. Thank you!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic work Colombe x

  • Hi Irene! Thank you for having a look and leaving your comment.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • rahulsutar
    rahulsutarabout 3 years ago


  • Oh what do you mean Rahul?

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetabout 3 years ago

    Je voulais te laisser un messg plus tôt, mais en ce moment, c’est la folie, entre un couple d’amis reçus hier soir, les types qui viennent pour faire les devis pour la maison, Clémence et tout l’administratif pour son départ qui approche et tout le reste….plus aucun temps pour faire ce que j’aime, macarel !
    J’aime bien l’explication donnée à ton pastel. C’est intéressant ce comprendre ce geste. Une espèce de ‘révérence’ s’en dégage. Formidable rendu des mains et de ce profil. C’est un drôle d’engin qui distribue l’opium…..Tu as toujours de bien belles images à nous proposer et les tons que tu utilises sont vraiment superbes

  • Je savais bien que tu étais occupée, you have been keeping a low profile on RB for a while and I knew you had lots to do at the moment. Pauvre petite!
    Merci en tout cas pour ton appréciation toujours fidèle.
    I haven’t forgotten about your little girl, she is sitting in the queue……

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Rahul Kapoor
    Rahul Kapoorabout 3 years ago

    Featured Work!!

  • That’s fantastic! Thank you so much for this Rahul.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • rahulsutar
    rahulsutarabout 3 years ago

    i mean m speechless…

  • You reassure me Rahul. I thought I had offended you somehow by depicting this. You’re giving me a very nice compliment here. Thank you so much.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 3 years ago

    August 23, 2011

  • ValM
    ValMabout 3 years ago

    Another wonderful painting Colombe. You are sooooooo good. The hands are especially great and the skin tone is perfect. I think your work gets better and better.

  • Hi Val! You always have so many nice things to say, it’s really lovely of you! Thank you!
    I have done another version of this little man, using the impressionist methods: looser, shorter, thicker strokes, colours applied side by side, depiction of light…… I’ll bring it in to class on Friday. See you then.

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Niki Hilsabeck
    Niki Hilsabeckabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Niki!

    – Colombe Cambourne

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