View Full Version : Ballet Dancer Legs #1

04-20-2015, 10:39 AM

Here is a 9x12 on Textured Masonite. I have been playing around with not only textured surfaces but also different colors as the base tone. In this case, a yellow ochre base tone then a transparent burnt sienna followed by raw umber for the darks. Then came the pastels.

I kind of got lost in the upper thigh area. What was I going to do? Anything to detailed would take away from the legs, which should be the focus.
And the color had to be correct to work. After a while of starring, it occurred to me to just let the pastel work for me and don't get fussy.
So came the blue of the tutu. and the blue on the shoe as reflected light.
I came together with that little zing of color.

Please comment.

water girl
04-20-2015, 01:52 PM
Your choices worked very well! Had you fussed with the thigh, the dramatic lighting on the lower leg and slipper would have been lost.

04-20-2015, 08:07 PM
Well done

04-20-2015, 08:26 PM
Thank you watergirl and scotty. I am just getting into this site more. Trying to find a marketable technique.

04-27-2015, 06:50 PM
Oh I like this - a lot! You handled the thigh just perfectly. Really like it good job

04-27-2015, 07:12 PM
Thanks much ArtistMelinda, so glad you like it. Ballet is so much fun to do.
I have to keep reminding myself, often it is not what you put in, but what you leave out that makes a piece work.

04-27-2015, 09:27 PM
Perfect! Pam :wave:

pastel lover
04-28-2015, 11:26 PM


04-29-2015, 02:29 AM
This is fantastic. You can really sense the shape of the calf muscle.

04-29-2015, 01:49 PM
Very nice texture and colors!!

Would you mind telling about the preparing of the masonite?
Did you first gessoed it with a big brush and then put acrylic paint on it?

04-29-2015, 03:26 PM
Thanks you guys.
Anna, Yes I did gesso the Masonite first. Actually several times and I also threw in some marble dust. Did some sanding in between and just shmooshed some of the gesso with a nasty brush on the top layer.

Then came a kind of yellow ochre and yellow mix as the base color.
Spread around some raw umber and some sienna in no particular order.
It was a back and forth thing.
That gave me the atmosphere at least generally.

What made this one so satisfying to me was the spontaneity. While it wasn't an easy piece to get right it just seemed to come together. With a bit of thought in between. Well a lot of thought.