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…..

Next Thursday’s Post: The Dance of  Life reaches its completion…….Finally!

Next Monday’s Post:  Art Marketing

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Well this work took up quite a bit of May. A lot more than I intended it to. The Dance of Life is a fairly large work 66″ x 44″ – quite a bit of brush mileage involved. It began life-like this. I started with a photo I took several years ago when I was visiting the ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ in England.  I manipulated it  in Photoshop to give me a rough idea of what I was going to do in terms of colour and so on. You can see that I’ve played around with how much tree versus how much sky to put in.

Working up images

Working up images

At one point I also flipped the tree image horizontally. Next I did some working drawings in my painting journal – see below…

Dance Of Life Drawings

Dance Of Life Drawings

A page in my painting journal, working out rough ideas .  The colours came later as I worked though it. I always keep a record of my colours in this way.  It can save a lot of time in the future if I get a commission off a previous work, it makes the next painting that much easier as I already have my colour recipes to hand!

Look for next Thursdays post to see the block in stages of the painting.

Next Thursday’s Post: The Dance of Life continued….

Next Monday’s Post: Colour Theory Part Two

 Post By: Kadira Jennings

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