Mother and Daughter Making Rangoli | Oil On Canvas

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It is an auspicious day for the household. The glittering sunlight gently hits the sandstone pillars and wooden doors, announcing that it is early morning, the most propitious and positive phase of the day according to Hindu culture, one of whose many colorful customs is presented in this oil on canvas- the tradition of Rangoli. The painting shows a mother and a daughter relaxedly sitting in their Ahaata or courtyard, engrossed in their task, bringing to you a vibrant and warm depiction of maternal affection and the transferring of family traditions from one generation to the other. 

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Item Code: PAB667
Oil On Canvas
Dimensions 52.00 inch Height X 40.00 inch Width
Weight: 930 gm
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From the beautifully carved wooden doors, the sturdy and decorated pillars, and the attire of the subjects, it can be said that the mother-daughter duo belongs to a wealthy family. The mother is an exceptional beauty; clothed in a brilliant blue Paithani sari her splendid ornamentation includes the quintessential Maharashtrian Natha (nose ornament) also known as Brahmi nath, underling the geographical location of this oil painting. The lady has her attention focused on the gorgeous floor decoration or Rangoli she is giving finishing touches with her right hand, which is shown to have a tinge of white powder on it. With her left hand, she supports the hands of her daughter, which are cupped around the bowl containing the powdered rice. The daughter is wearing a fiery orange top and a brocaded skirt, completely enchanted by the art that is in the making in front of her eyes. A few bowls of colors used in the Rangoli are placed near the folded leg of the young helper, whose innocent face and absorbed demeanor enliven the oil on canvas.


Rangoli in India is an age-old tradition, where the women of the family who are considered the living embodiment of Sri-Lakshmi (the goddess of auspiciousness and wealth) make attractive patterns using rice paste or powder, flowers, and colors to welcome Devi Lakshmi in their home. The act of making a Rangoli marks the beginning of any auspicious event, and with this oil painting of mother and daughter making a Rangoli in your space, every day will be an auspicious day.

Crafting Masterpieces: An Insight into the Making of Indian Oil Paintings

Oil painting is the most interesting technique in art. Unlike other paintings or art forms, oil painting is a process in which colored pigments are painted on the canvas with a drying oil medium as a binder. This medium helps colors blend beautifully to create layers and also makes them appear rich and dense. Several varieties of oil are used in this painting such as sunflower oil, linseed oil, etc., and depending on the quality of the oil, a particular consistency of the paint is developed. With the use of an oil medium, the painting gets a natural sheen on the surface which appears extremely attractive. India is famous for its old tradition of making oil paintings. This art form was brought by Europeans in the 18th century and is now practiced by almost all well-known artists. Nirmal, a small tribal town in the state of Telangana is the center of traditional oil paintings in India where the local people practice it with dedication. Most Indian artists still use the traditional technique of oil painting.

Canvas of the required size is prepared

The artists use either a wood panel or canvas made from linen or cotton. Sometimes the canvas is stretched onto the wooden frame to form a solid base, or cardboard may be used. The canvas is coated with a layer of white paint or chalk mixed with animal glue. This mixture is then smoothed and dried to form a uniform, textured surface. The wooden panel is more expensive and heavier but its solidity is an advantage in making detailed paintings with ease.
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Sketch is drawn on the canvas

Now the artist starts to draw the subject of the painting on the canvas using the actual charcoal or a charcoal pencil. Sometimes, he may sketch with thinned paint as well.

Oil paint is applied using paint brushes or palette knives

Now that the rough sketch is prepared, the artist is now ready to paint. Oil paint, a special paint that contains particles of pigments suspended in a drying oil (usually linseed oil), is again mixed with oil to make it thinner for applying it on the canvas. Proper consistency of the paint is maintained to avoid its breakage. The most important rule for the application of oil paint is “Fat over lean” in which the first layer of paint is thin and later, thicker layers are applied. This means that each additional layer of paint contains more oil. This results in getting a stable paint film. Traditionally, paint was applied using paint brushes but now the artists also use palette knives to create crisp strokes. To paint using this technique, the edge of the palette knife is used to create textured strokes that appear different from that of a paintbrush. Sometimes, oil paints are blended simply using fingers for getting the desired gradation.
Smaller oil paintings, with very fine detail, are relatively easier to paint than larger ones. The most attractive feature of these paintings is the natural shiny appearance that is obtained on the surface because of the use of oil paint. The blending of colors looks extremely realistic and this is the reason why oil paintings are loved by everyone throughout the world.
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