Finding The Way

Statements about the painting process of Joel Fletcher.

Gypsy Dancer

Exotic Gypsy woman with tamborine.

Gypsy Dancer, 2010, 11 x 14 inches.

For a long period, I was focused on my animation career and family life leaving little time or energy for painting. Except for a few quick studies, I had not made any serious personal paintings for about 18 years! Then, in 2010, I decided to end my dormant period and get back to the easel! The plan was to begin in a small and simple manner in order to bring my skills up to speed; therefore, I started with this piece which I entitled Gypsy Dancer.

Life drawing of a gypsy woman

10 minute sketch drawn from life.

The painting is based on a 10-minute sketch that I made at a gypsy-themed Life Drawing session. My original sketch was a bit rough, but it had a pose that I liked so I only needed to make a few refinements for the painting. Being out of practice and using the newly developed, slow-drying OPEN acrylic paints, I found that it was necessary to get familiar with the distinct properties of these new OPEN paints.

Using a small 11 x 14 canvas panel, I rendered a basic background of silhouetted trees against a moody dusk sky. I then painted the figure using warm colors to make the gypsy girl stand out and I utilized an orange-blue complementary color scheme which is usually a great combination. As this was not a major production, I only used my initials to sign it. Overall, I was pleased with the final result and it gave me the inspiration to continue painting!

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