January 6, 2011

Let Loose - Textured Acrylic Painting of a Belly dancer

This one was the toughest of the belly dancers, without a doubt! I had such a tough time painting the woman's body that I felt for a couple of times that I should gesso it and start all over. I am not so convinced with it now either, but I think the proportions are at least fine now. The angle of her head and that stretched neck was quite the challenge. When I first sketched it, it was like the neck was too long. And then it seems short. The head looked minuscule for the body when I later realized it was the body that was too big and not the head that was too small. And that hand, don't even get me started on that one. It was so unbelievably tricky and just not convincing enough. Neither is it now. Too many mistakes that had to be fixed one by one! Phew! I painted this over three days and it is currently in a position where I am relatively satisfied though not thrilled with it.

Let Loose
Acrylics on Canvas, 16 by 20 inches
© Nithya Swaminathan

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I have kept the palette very close to Show Stopper. I just thought they would be good hung together. This painting too is heavily textured, I had a great time doing her dress highlighting each fold with the knife. These kind of patterns are just tailor-made for the palette knife. There is infact texture everywhere excepting the hair and the face.

Let me know what you think.


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