Dimasa woman - India by Colombe  Cambourne

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From a picture by Johan Gerrits who has kindly allowed me to paint his subjects over the last couple of years. Johan is an amazing travel photographer. You can look at his work on his web site: http://www.pbase.com/johan97

This Dimasa woman is performing at the Hornbill festival Kohima – Nagaland – India.
The Dimasa are part of the greater Kachari group. They live mostly in the northern half of the Indian state of Assam. The name ‘Dimasa’ most probably stands for “children of the big river,” referring to the Brahmaputra. Kacharis appear to be one of the earliest indigenous ethnic groups of north eastern India.

Pastels on Tex Mi-teintes paper


  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    Oh what a beautiful infectious laugh she has. I love the warm bright colour in her dress and jewelery. As always painted with perfection . Really wonderful work Colombe.

  • Hi Jim, thank you for your wonderful comment. Would you believe those little red beads around her neck gave me so much trouble!…. I need to seriously loosen up my work now, I’ve had it with the realism but somehow I seem to be caught with it! What would you suggest to your students Jim?

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    March 29th, 2012
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Thank you so much Mary!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Kittycat10
    Kittycat10over 2 years ago


  • That’s very nice of you to say so, thank you!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 2 years ago

    Lovely expression, and beautiful colours Colombe! You certainly know how to wield those pastels!

  • Thank you lynda, I found the colours interesting too. I miss my little wrinkled faces though….. Ha, ha, ha!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Alan Stevens
    Alan Stevensover 2 years ago

    Congratulations :)

  • That’s great! Thank you Alan!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 2 years ago

    Oh la la, je n’ai plus le temps d’aller sur RB…Ca m’ennuie beaucoup car je rate plein de jolies choses à voir….Here you have mastered another painting, you have such an enviable ability to depict happy faces or aging faces full of wrinkles…..my admiration for your work grows every day my little Sis !

  • Wow Corinnette, tu es trop gentille avec moi!
    Grosses bises! xoxoxo

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • Gary Fernandez
    Gary Fernandezover 2 years ago

    Fantastic work Colombe, congratulations.

  • Oh wow, many thanks Gary!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

  • That’s great, thank you so much!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • cdcantrell
    cdcantrellover 2 years ago


  • I’m glad you like it!

    – Colombe Cambourne

  • samyukthak
    samyukthakover 2 years ago

    Please click on the banner to be directed to the forum. Thank you!

  • I’m really thrilled. Thank you very very much Samyuktha.

    – Colombe Cambourne

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