Thursday, December 30, 2010
Haitian Makeda Dancer
This painting was started with a poured background - wet-into-wet- with three colors...fleshtone, antwerp blue and quinacridone rose-violet. I added salt while it was still wet and then allowed it to dry (with the help of the hair dryer.) I really like the colors resulting from the combination of the fleshtone and the rose violet. Then I drew my dancer on the dry painting with pencil using one of the dancers from a photo of a group of Makeda dancers that I found on the internet. I used the dancer as inspiration and did not really copy it, due to copyright restrictions. I made many changes while I was drawing. Then I lifted some of the lights and darkened some of the areas with watercolor to help pop the painting. It is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.