In my above painting, Gymnast on Balance Beam, I wanted to use the background to convey movement. The figure is static so adding movement was important. As is my practice I used modeling to convey the strength and power of the figure. I looked to French artist, Edgar Degas when I considered my composition and background. Degas was a master of composition. The repetition of the ceiling’s lines and windows in Degas’ painting, Miss Lala at the Circus add to the movement in this painting. I also used lines and repetition to create movement in my painting.
This is a digital painting using traditional oil painting techniques and a painterly approach. I used virtual brushes and paints (Corel Painter 12 and Intuos5 drawing pen and tablet).
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