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01-11-2013, 04:39 PM
I am working on this painting to enter in a show at one of the wineries near where I live.

This is an oil painting 20x30. The reference photo came from paint my photo's web site.

I have been working on it for two days so let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations to help me make this a WOW painting. I would love your coments.

I am still working with my light source so need help there.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2013/977599-wc_wip_tribal_dancer_1.jpg This is day one blocking in.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2013/977599-wc_wip_tribal_dancer.jpg This is day two worked on more blocking in and starting to establish more detail and light source.


01-11-2013, 08:08 PM
You are working this up quite well but I think you need to check the proportions of the dancer. Leg length, size of the visible foot and ankle. Follow the line of the leg up from that foot to her hip....you will see that there is a problem.

01-11-2013, 09:14 PM
I thought there was something off with the foot. Yes I will correct. Thank you for the input. Sometimes I just can't see the mistakes, but when noted it seems so obvious.

I will work on this again in a couple of days, has to dry a little before I can go back in. I will show the correction and progress.

01-22-2013, 02:48 PM
UPDATE what i have done to date. I am getting close to being done. I made the changes requested.

I noticed that I had too much forground so I am trying a work around. If anyone has a better idea to help me this problem I am listening. I am still working on the people in the distance and will soften the darks in the trees so they are not so noticable.

Please let me know what you think about what I have done and I am ready to listen to any remarks that will help me make this a better painting.

01-22-2013, 07:46 PM
gorgeous! has the wow factor....perhaps make some of the eyes/eye sockets/sunglasses in the background far right less obvious? And add a bit of shading to the arms of the person on the far right.

Love the dappled light on the ground.

01-28-2013, 08:20 PM
Definitely a wow from me! I love the colours and movement! Great work! Cheers =)) Debs.

01-30-2013, 12:21 PM
I have finally finished this picture I changed a few things that were bothering me. Let me know what you think as this picture is going this weekend into a juried show.

Waiting you for final critiques. I want this to be the best I can achieve.

02-01-2013, 06:07 AM
If you strengthened all the background colours and softened all their edges this would help ground the dancer. She needs to be softened up and more highlights added as well as getting rid of the halo under her skirt. This makes her look like she is floating. Keep going. you are doing a good job