Woman in Secret Garden
24" x 18"
While taking reference photos in Sarasota's Ringling Art Museum's Secret Garden, this woman dashed by like a butterfly. I've changed her image to protect her privacy, but what a lucky accident. I'm planning on doing some large oils of this garden and she will be featured in a future painting. Below is a demo of the acrylic study. These demos are designed to go along with my Artist Bootcamp as student's reference. I really hate working with acrylics but had a deadline for a show.
Step 1: Vine charcoal sketch on canvas.
Step 2: Red roughed in for darks.
Step 3: Background roughed in with #10, ratty bristle brush.
Step 4: Figure roughed.
Step 5: Finished with smaller brushes and a little fussing. Kept it loose because this is only a study for a future painting. Total time, day and a half. Currently on display at the Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda.