Finally Finished: Red in the Woods


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It has been floating around in my head unfinished for a very long time. I’ve liked the idea of the little red riding hood story for a long time. Last september after Burning Man at Turning the Wheel’s Sound Dance Workshop I came up with a composition. I pictured three wolves at the top with Red coming towards them. I had two large canvases that I had been holding onto for almost a year that would work well for the piece. However I didn’t start the painting until I moved to Chicago earlier this year. Here are the initial sketches for the painting:


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I followed the steps I outlined in the second sketch pretty closely. I created a background with paint and texture. I painted on my figures, and then I embellished the piece. I struggled a long time with the center of the composition to get it to feel unified. I think I might revisit this idea again in the future and see if I can get something closer to what I originally had in my head. Like the original sketch remarks, I think watercolor may have more of the effect I wanted.

Step 1: Background- Paint, Paper, Texture


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Step 2: Figures- Wolves and Red


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Step 3: Embellish- Create Depth, Add Sparkle


I used this table cloth to create the pattern on Red's cloak

I used this table cloth to create the pattern on Red’s cloak



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Everything painted in except the hand and lantern.



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Added more texture, painted lantern, created depth on the wolves.



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Added the lights to the lantern. It really brought the two halves of the painting together.


#2014 #Acrylic #Fairytale #TissuePaper

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