Next, I xeroxed my sketch and scaled it up to play with it's position on the larger canvas:
Then I covered my larger (48"x 42") final canvas with an abstract background. Once that was dry enough I transferred my sketch onto it with charcoal and began painting the shadows of the figures, then adding the highlights:
I mainly used brushes for paint application, but did use the palette knife a little on the tutus... and voila!
|Backstage Ballerinas, 48" x 42", oil on canvas (sold)|
|(side angle - painting continues around edges)|
As for my seasonal projects, here is the latest painting which was completed for Tabor Home Winery's annual Anniversary festival. I decided to go with a Nouveau-theme on this one: