What more appropriate painting for the week of Halloween and Day of the Dead could there possibly be? I can’t think of one either.
This week, all iterations of The Skelly Dance are 25% Off. That means all prints, cards, canvas wraps and the original painting are available at a sweet discount! Sale ends Sunday, November 4, 2018. Happy Halloween! Happy Dia de los Muertos!
“Shall We Dance?” my pastel painting of a sweet skeleton couple dancing on the beach is on sale this week from now through Sunday, September 30, 2018. I’m celebrating National Love People Day this week and you can, too! I’ve taken 25% off all prints and cards featureing “Shall We Dance?” for this week only. Check it out!
Getting closer. I’ve already put my signature “M” on this one, but I will probably continue to tweak it a little during the day. I’m leaving it on my easel so I can let it bug me when I go by. I can already see little things that I will want to fix before I let it go out into the world.
Finishing up the water, added pink to the sky and the sand.
Putting in more detail on the clothing, working on their heads.
Finishing the rest of the bodies, clothing details, adding interest to the sand.
More progress on the couple dancing on the beach. I got to thinking about all the fun I have had in my life while I lived near the water. I still live pretty close here. I mean, 30 minutes isn’t bad at all, but I still wish I lived closer. When I was a kid, Lake Michigan was 5 minutes away by car and Hutchin’s Lake was a quarter mile down the road from our house. In Ludington, I lived 11 blocks from the beach and I used to walk my dog down there every single morning. I’ll get back to the water again, see if I don’t.
Starting to go over the sky with the royal blue color.
Drawing the skelly in the dress.
Drawing in Mr. Man, working on the greens in the ocean.
That’s probably not the final name for this one, but it’s coming along and I thought I’d share the first few steps in this painting. A skeleton couple dancing together makes perfect sense to me. Double the pleasure, double the fun!
Here’s where I started. And then basically stopped for about 2 weeks.
Thought I’d add the Lightner Museum behind them but it just wasn’t working well.
I abandoned my first idea, found some reasonable stock photos of another couple and got to work on them.
Here I’ve used a pastel pencil in dark umber and wiped off the vine charcoal.
Blocking in the color.
Blocking in the skellies.
Rubbing in the background with packing peanuts.
Rubbing in the skellies with packing peanuts, too. I haven’t yet decided whether or not to rub in the pastels of their clothing.