16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel
One of the reasons I love to paint ballerinas so much is because of the freedom painting tutu gives me. I begin by laying in darks and letting the skirt take shape. Once the darks are all in I lay the medium colors in...adjusting as I go. I never try to exactly mimic the tutu I am looking at...I take artistic license to let the paint flow and form the skirt. Once I get a good shape I add some highlights to show off the shape of the skirt.
In this particular painting the girl was not really playing with her straps. When I started painting I thought it would tell a good story. I imagine a little girl just getting her outfit on ready for her recital. She nervously adjusts her straps while walking towards the stage. I love that her tights were loose and baggy.
It was just a fun piece to paint.