Brought up in Mumbai, warli paintings are not atypical to me. I remember, as a kid, preferring this artwork over other forms best for its simplicity. It is a style of tribal art. The designs and patterns came from their daily observation of life and people. A common man living in any part of the world could interpret and relate to it easily. Well, it is said to have originated from Maharashtra but it has spread all over India. And Karnataka, as a neighbouring state no doubt has been influenced to a great extent by this art form.
Gokarna is the abode of Lord Shiva. Hence, temple processions and other religious activities are not apart from their daily lives. The above wall illustrates two temple attendants carrying decorated umbrellas for the deity during one such procession. With minimal colours and a simple idea, the mud wall looked catchy.