I was inspired to paint these dancers after photographing them at my cousin's wedding anniversary this summer. I began the collage part first and then moved on to painting the figures and thinking about patterns.
At this point I fell in love with rose patterned boots. But as I painted more of the figures and the patterns developed, I could see that the boots stole the show. Unless I named the painting "Boots" they had to go.
So the boots got lifted out and I integrated the boots into the painting more with less obvious pattern and toned down colors. I lightened the face and legs of the female figure, too. But now I was dissatisfied with the skirt and bottom of the painting.
I put blue into the skirt and liked it much better. The male figure's shirt got more detail with some added blues to indicate his arms, collar, etc. Then I did an awful goofy addition to the bottom of the piece. What was I thinking!
Finally, I simplified the bottom of the piece, while keeping their dancing boots appropriately obvious. I may not be done, but I'm much closer. I'd love some feedback. Can it be improved? I know I'll paint this again.
Rodeo Nights 21 x 17