My working title for this painting became “Prima Donna” as in lead ballerina, from very early on in the process. It was as if this particular pose was made just for this model, and brought out an undeniable star quality.
The scene was already overflowing with light, which would naturally bring out an abundance of color. Not intent on letting color distract from the dreamy and almost ethereal potential of the scene, I had to hold on to the light so essential to this piece, while cutting back my use of color without ever going entirely monochromatic.
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