It took me three weeks to finish the Dance Of Life. Many layers and a reasonably large dose of angst later it was inching towards  the finish.
As I’ve said before – some paintings just flow and others need to be driven. This one was of the latter variety.

Here are the final stages it went through before reaching the end.  The image on the right now has more colour in the sky and the landscape has been filled in.

Dance Of Life - in progress

Dance Of Life – in progress

However I wasn’t happy with the sky and tree so I decided to push it a little further…..

Dance Of Life - in progress

Dance Of Life – in progress

I got rid of the dark blue sky in the upper left and introduced some swirling white energy into it.  However now the colour was a bit too dead – well actually downright insipid and I needed to keep working on the sky.  Also I wanted a little bit more happening in the landscape…..

Dance Of Life - in progress  still...

Dance Of Life – in progress still…

More colour is now coming back into the sky and I decided to take a big risk and bring the swirling energies down to the ground in front.  BAD MOVE!!!!

To see where it went next – watch this space next week…..

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The Dance Of Life Continues…

Well it does doesn’t it.  Sometimes I think the dance is a slow-moving waltz and at others it’s a frantic roller coaster ride – fast, frenetic and hairy. Well painting’s a bit like that too really.  It’s only occasionally that you get the waltz.  That slow and stately progression through a work that flows with grace and ease.  The Dance Of Life painting was somewhere in between, I suspect.  It certainly had its slow movements, but I fear they were more glue-like than graceful!

The block in was fine….

The Dance of Life continues

The Dance of Life

 

The drawing slowly completed.The Dance of Life continues

 

 

 

Then came the first block in of the paint layers on the tree.

The Dance of Life continues

And now the background is painted in with a first thin layer of paint.

The Dance of Life

The Dance of Life Continues

At this stage all the painting is finally fully blocked in.  In the photo it almost looks like it could be finished at this point.  However it didn’t yet have any of the energy I was wanting to suggest in the work.  My vision was to attempt to paint the tree’s life force radiating from into the surrounding space. Also to try if possible to give a sense of the passage of time through which the tree has lived – hence the dance of life.  And so the fun began and the dance of life continues……. To be continued in the next post.

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And it absolutely had its hairy moments – several of them in fact.

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