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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