To complete this set I wanted to finish with a flourish, but didn't have any more sketches from The Sleeping Beauty, so I chose this sketch from the Trocadero series.
Having felt that I didn't do quite as well with Paintings 3 & 4, I wanted to lift myself up (metaphorically and psychologically, you understand, not physically on the end of some blokes hairy arms) so I set about these studies with some gusto following the same process as before:
Study No.4: Rollerball on paper, Sketchpad 1 (A4).
It took me four drawings to get to this one which I really liked for it's simplicity and style.
Then moving up in scale:
Study No.5: Neocolour II on cartridge paper, A2.
This just thrilled me! Sometimes the lines are effortless.
Moving on to painting:
Study No6: Acrylics on cartridge paper, 45x61cm.
Satisfied with the loose flow of paint and the values.
No holding back now, I start what I hope will be the final painting. I had been working well that day and was confident I knew exactly what I was going to do:
Start on final painting: Oil pastels on primed hardboard, 45x61cm.
I shouldn't get so cocky! This was the third attempt to get the initial drawing right. Since I don't like to "square-up" my design onto the painting board I rely totally in my ability to judge the proportions correctly first time...or second, or even third time. But that's what a clean turpsy rag is for - wiping the oil pastel off and re-stating till it is right.
Having eventually established the design, and also having spent a fair bit of time mixing suitable amounts of the main colours, I boldly lay on those colours starting with the ballerina's arms and head working my way down to the bottom edge in a series of almost uninterupted movements:
Final Painting: Oils on hardboard, 45x61cm.
I really think this one needs to be seen in actuality to appreciate some of the colours and textures (my photography is getting worse, perhaps I should do a blog about photographing finished artwork and how to get the best results?).Regardless, this painting does in fact bear close scrutiny and leaves me with a big smile and highly satisfied that I did indeed finish with a flourish!