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Work in Progress: The Spirit of the Plants

During a past Sketchfest, I had a bunch of bright colors mixed for another painting and rather than waste them, I sketched a flower garden. I'm not even sure whether I uploaded the sketch The canvass sat there for a while, not inspiring me.

I had a bit of blue and white paint left over from something else last week, so I picked the painting up and painted the sky in behind the flowers. It's amazing what a difference that made. There is a shadow on the canvass in this picture, which is partially obscured by the watermark.



The line from a song came to me: "The spirit of the plants has come to me in the form of a beautiful, dancing green woman."



There's a lot of detail to do still, and clearly some things are missing altogether (for instance, she needs hair), but it's a start.

Comments are welcome!

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seekerval
Jan. 16th, 2017 11:46 am (UTC)
I LIKE it! The addition of the dancer turns "pretty" into "pretty dynamic". The flow of the flower petal dress is interesting; and I'm waiting to see how her hair moves.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:44 am (UTC)
I have to think about the hair. The photo I'm using as inspiration and to check proportions of body parts is of a woman with her hair pinned up ballet-dancer style, but I'm not at all convinced that is the right choice for this painting.
seekerval
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:28 am (UTC)
I agree. Pinned-up hair doesn't "flow" much, you know.
acelightning
Jan. 16th, 2017 01:29 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the movie Moana? If not, I don't want to spoil it for you... but there is a Green Lady in it...
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:47 am (UTC)
Not yet, though I did read a rather in-depth review. I don't get to the movies a lot, partially cost and partially--habit, I guess? Or inertia?

I did go see Hidden Figures, though. It's very, very good!
acelightning
Jan. 18th, 2017 02:25 pm (UTC)
Moana really is worth seeing. Disney did it right for a change - e.g., getting actual Pacific Islanders to do many of the voices, and to speak and sing in the genuine (related) languages of the Islands - and using authentic Pacific Island mythology and stories.

I did see Hidden Figures, and it was wonderful! It pushed a lot of my personal buttons, but in a good way - I was 13, and a freshman in high school, when those events took place, and (being a reader of science fiction) I was already keenly interested in the space program... and I thought I could grow up to be an astronaut...

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