Getting back the colours

It’s been a while since I picked up the whole range of paint tubes, making out something which is able to stand out all on it’s own.

I’ve done some colourful paintings before, like these two:

I was quite pleased with both of them, so it was a scary thought to try and make something new in the same manner. Basically because it often ends up looking good, or very, very not good at all…

I’ve seen a lot of painters using palette knifes to make out backgrounds consisting of different «scrapes» of paint colours. All of them kind of piled on top of each other.

I wanted to do that as well, so I basically set to work «scraping» the first blend of paint onto the canvas. I then added the next colour mix as an extension to the first on, and so on and so forth.

Using different mixes of ultramarine blue, sky blue, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, titanium white, ivory black, permanent red violet, emerald green, turquoise blue and cadmium red, I kept on like this until the center of the canvas was all that was left untouched.

I’ve seen some really inspiring paintings of dancers on colourful backgrounds. So I found a painting of a woman in a dress, and used it as a guideline to paint the outlines of a dancers body by free hand onto the canvas. After painting in the hair, the head, the upper body and the arms, I finished it up by adding a large dress gown to her lower body.

I then finished the hair by mixing together some titanium white, yellow ochre and umbra nature, using the strokes of the brush to create the structure of the braids and highlighting them in the end.

Afterwards I did some shadow work on the skin before picking up some ultramarine blue to finish the gown. Here I also used the strokes of the brush to make out the «bump» of her butt, trying to make the illusion of fabric fitting close to the skin.

With the ballerina being done, I used the palette knife to make the background go all the way up to her skin.

Another colourful painting was then done, and this is how it looked:

In the spotlight

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