Things are moving along well with my heartbeat project. I’m making good progress on the Balleteatro painting but it’s slow going. Lots of decisions to make before each step. I’m very happy to see that elements of my experience in the dance studio are coming in to play, even though they weren’t represented in the gestural drawing. I’m working with a different palette than is the norm for me and working in a much higher value key than I normally do…. at least for now. With this painting process things are always open to change. At the end of the day it’s the success of the painting that matters and not any preconceived notions.
I find that my color selections are definitely influenced by the environment I was in at the dance studio. Soft, neutral tones, rainy days, sounds… they’re all finding their way in to the painting. I’m not really sure where the selection of lavendar for the background came from. Something kept poking me and telling me to use it but I resisted. I don’t want this painting to be too “sweet”. But I gave in and used it and I’m loving the overall effect. Gotta trust the gut!