|Ballerina #27 / oil on linen panel / 20x16|
A few final small tweaks and she is finished (highlights on lips and softened edges here and there). As promised here is her work in progress from beginning to end:
Once I have the idea for the painting in mind, I always begin with a rough oil sketch directly on the canvas. Once in a while I will do preparatory drawings but not generally. Once the proportions are correct and the oil sketch has the right amount of energy and motion, I begin adding color thinned with mineral spirits to get an idea of the value structure.
In this stage, I continue working on values and have refined her face and tutu. At this rough point, I decided on a dark background with lots of intersting things going on.
The back ground was painted with a mixture of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue in just the right amounts to create this gorgeous grey. I also added some raw sienna here and there to warm the grey.
Refinement of her slippers and clothing, adjustments to the skin tones and continued work on the background elements. This is the photo that I posted yesterday.
The final painting with softer edges and some additional highlights. Actually the color is more true to the previous photo but the lighting today was different in my studio and this is the best photo I could get.
|And a close up of the face.|
Thank you to everyone for looking and thank you to Sandra Busby for asking to see a wip.
Happy Spring and Happy Easter to everyone!