Category:  General Traditional Art | Posted: October 14, 2017

Oil painting of a barefoot dancer.

Barefoot Dancer

by ArtistCarl

OCT 2017 Open Challenge-Any Medium Contest Winner 
This painting took 14 days to complete. Some days I worked about four hours and others six plus hours. I kind of loose track of time when I work. I wanted to do something different from what I have done in the past and decided to do this painting because I had never done many of the things the painting demanded. I have never painter a portrait so small before. I have never painted such flowing fabric before. I have never painted sheer see through fabric before. I have never worked in this color field before. This painting was a challenge to just think about doing it. I love challenges. The old master's grid method was used to draw out the form. Once I was satisfied with the form I erased the grid and just went for it with the painting process. I photo recorded 26 steps it took to produce this painting. The background was laid in first. I fussed with it until I was satisfied with the look I wanted. Then the form was painting in piece by piece with no particular order. Each section I chose to work on and then move to another section was haphazard because I let the painting tell me what it wanted to reveal next. Kind of an obscure explanation of the process but the closest I can get to explaining how each section was done before the next section was started. Anyway it was pleasant to watch it manifest before my eyes. Of course I saw my hands working and was extremely conscious of every decision and every mistake that was corrected. But it just seemed to develop itself. I enjoy when that happens. I hope others enjoy viewing it.


Post Type Traditional Art Mixed Media None
I finished today, October 14, 2017. I started on October 1, 2017. I have titled it Barefoot Dancer.



OCT 2017 Open Challenge-Any Medium
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