The inspiration for this painting came from a small child playing along the water like a ballerina.
I found pleasure in her graceful movements and particularly in the way she pointed her toe. I also loved the fact that she was holding hands with someone I assumed to be her mother since connecting is an underlying theme throughout most of my paintings. I quickly took the included photograph and used it as a guide in my studio.
The second photo is when I let myself apply paint to the panel without considering color or value. It's not finished or pretty but a loosening up exercise that I learned from www.melindacootsona.com. Putting down paint in a childlike manner spurs my creativity and opens up new possibilities.
"Discovery" 28 x 22" oil painting on cradled wood panel available at https://chasengalleries.com/artist/jade-gates or call (941) 260 5787