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Skelly Dance at Bougival, WIP

Coming along, coming along. I hope to finish it up by tomorrow. I’m doing a lot of squinting and taking pictures and squinting some more. Since I tend to work all over the place, it’s easy to miss spots because my brain fills in the blanks. When I look at it from my camera’s lcd screen, the omissions jump out at me.

pastel painting of skeletons dancing

Skelly Dance at Bougival, WIP, 24×12″ pastel on Canson paper.

I am going to be leaving on vacation later this week, so posts may be sparser (is that a word?) for the next week or two. I think I’ll bring just pastel pencils and a sketchbook this time, since I’m flying and space is at a premium.

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Skelly Dance at Bougival, wip

A start on another skelly painting, this an homage to Renoir’s Dance at Bougival. I love this painting so it’s a pleasure to copy it. Look at that swooshy pink dress! And the red hat! With fruit! Love it.

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The initial sketch was charcoal and then I made a quick grid and went over it with a sangquine pastel pencil. I wasn’t too far off except for the placement of her head.

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Blocking in colors. I love the guy’s shoes. So fancy.

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More pink, really going after the suit colors.

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Getting serious about the skull on the left, now. More to come!

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