“Beauty Left While the Others Slept” Acrylic on canvas 10×10 inches
Under painting from “Beauty.” I sketched out the basic layout of the composition with pencil and lay down a few layers of blue glaze. I partially painted in the “brambles” that grew around the cave which led Beauty to the open forest. I used a fine outline brush for this network of branches twining around and over.
I started adding color, repainting the brambles each time I lay down a new layer of color. I used a squirt bottle of water on the drying paint and then blotted the water drops away which left the little points of fairy lights.
I worked on the stone wall as I lay down different layers of color for the foreground. This is a small painting, only 10 inches square, but it evolved over a 10-day period of time. Beauty was first sketched and then painted on deli paper. I couldn’t decide whether she would wear old- fashioned clothing, or modern, so I settled for something in between, making her skirt short, but giving her an old-fashioned jacket. The be-ribboned shoes seemed like a good choice for a fairy tale princess to dance her way out of a cave from a long enchantment. This Beauty found her own way.