Artist: Rautiola Antti Title: New Day, 2010 Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 60x40cm
"New Day" by Antti Rautiola is a painting that captures a moment of quiet self-reliance and the simplicity of childhood. It features a young girl, her attention turned towards buttoning her dress, a daily routine that signifies the beginning of a new day. The girl's hair is neatly tied back with a yellow band, suggesting readiness for the day's activities.
The lighting in the painting is soft and diffused, creating a calm and gentle atmosphere. The use of light and shadow accentuates the folds of her dress and the concentration on her face. The environment is hinted at with abstracted shapes and colors in the background, allowing the viewer to focus on the figure and her task.
Rautiola's brushwork is evident in the textural quality of the paint, with visible strokes that add depth and dimension to the fabric of the girl’s clothing and her hair. The earthy tones of the setting contrast with the lightness of her white shirt and pale dress, further highlighting the subject. This piece conveys a sense of new beginnings and the understated beauty of a child's independence.