Small surprise (2013)
Oil painting by Anita Badami


  • Oil painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 16 × 20 × 0.5 in
  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

The most ordinary scenes can be turned into art, as I discovered one summer morning some years ago. We were on a road trip and stopped at one of those rest stations between somewhere and somewhere else. Nothing much around except grassy knolls and fields and small hills. I made a few quick sketches with colour notations, and painted this in studio. Decided to use a base colour of Indian yellow an intense colour. Then I placed random blotches of colour to indicate shades of other plants, shadows, and tonalities that are impossible to memorize but that were, in my original sketch, patches of light and dark. I allowed that second layer of colourful blotches to dry completely, went back over it with a layer of cad yellow medium. While that was still wet scratched out blades of grass with a colour shaper. Voila, I had the impression of grass and the colours beneath added the light and shade that one finds in a sunny patch. Finished with more colour touch ups for details, the sky etc.

Materials used:

Oil on canvas. I use top of the line material: Winsor and Newton Oil Colors, Blocxx Oil Colors, Old Holland Oil Colors, Gamblin Gamsol solvent, Gamblin Galkyd medium, Win

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