Sugar and Spice
11 x 14
This is how Sugar and Spice came to be...
I started with a 11 by 14 raymar panel and began to sketch my little subject. With the beginnings of every painting I have so much hope...so much excitement...I am so looking forward to this project. and then...AACK...and immediate roadblock! I realized that the sketch was too small on the panel. I wanted the tulle skirt to be so large that it went off both sides.
Undaunted I wiped it off and began again. I like this size much better. (Note to self...sketch more and you will wipe less)
I have blocked in the colors and I think everything is in the right place. I am trying to make the skirt as dark pink as I can because I know I am going to lighten it later and I want it to look like lots of layers of tulle. I love the socks she is wearing and know I want that to be a design element...I like the juxtaposition of the pretty feminine dress and the sport socks. I like the word juxtaposition.
I decided on a dark background...the light is coming from the right as you face the panel...so I bring in some lights there. I have darkened her hair so I can create depth with a lighter color later on. The facial features seem to be falling into line...I want an impressionistic look...soft lines. The chair has become a little off...aauuugghhh!
Ah...and now I have lightened the hair...lightened the tulle in the skirt...refined the face and I have fallen in love with this little dancer...this is me smiling ;)