Goddess Sarasvati by paulaf
'The goddess of wisdom, learning, music, and the arts. She is said to have invented Sanskrit, the language of the Hindus. Sarasvati is also the wife of Brahma [creator of the universe] and was so beautiful that her husband grew three more faces so that he could see her on every side of him.' Extracted from Goddesses, Heroes and Shamans: A Young People's guide to Mythology.
I was inspired to draw a picture of the Hindu goddess Sarasvati after reading 'Goddesses: Divine Women from Around the World', written and illustrated by Kris Waldherr. (A truly gorgeous book!) 'Extraordinarily beautiful and graceful, Sarasvati is easily recognisable by her dazzling white skin and brilliant clothing. Her colour and brightness us said to represent the powerful, pure light of education which destroys the darkness of ignorance. Sarasvati is depicted with four arms, showing that her power extends in all directions. In one of her hands she holds a book and in the other a strand of beads. The book represents learning, while the beads indicate spiritual knowledge. With her other hands she holds and plays the vina, an Indian lute, representing the art of music.'
Materials: conte pencil and gouache.