Work in progress – The Garden of Earthly Delights (Heroines and hedonists)

Photograph of a canvas on the floor with a golden wash of acrylic paint.
Stage 1 of applying paint to the surface of my canvas.
photograph of a close up of the surface of a canvas. There are drips of blue paint merging into the golden paint.
Creating a variety of drips and stains on my canvas surface.
photograph of my studio with my gold and blue canvas stapled to the wall. A few small and large canvases have been left against the wall, and there is a chair in the middle of the room.
Stage 2 can commence now that the canvas is on the wall.
Screenshot taken from you tube of Adam and Eve been expelled from the Garden of Eden, Masaccio (left) and Michelangelo (right).
Screenshot taken from you tube of Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden, Masaccio (left) and Michelangelo (right).
Stage 2 and after much research I am finally beginning to create the composition for the figures in my painting. I do this by spray painting a loose shape for the outline of the bodies. I have situated this scene in a garden so have used a green pigment stick to roughly fill in the landscape.
Stage 2 and after much research I am finally beginning to create the composition for the figures in my painting. I do this by spray painting a loose shape for the outline of the bodies. I have situated this scene in a garden so have used a green pigment stick to roughly fill in the landscape.
6 female figures are in a garden with a waterfall in the distance. One lady in white sits on a chair. There is a small turtle wading through a shallow pool of water.
Stage 3 – It feels so exciting to be working up the surface of this painting. I am leaving certain areas untouched so that the gold ground will shine through. It is fun to start depicting the turtles and clothing, and I have seated the lady in white on a chair from a Van Gogh painting.
Close up of the lower right half of painting. There is a Rooster, falcon, leopard, turtle and swan in the scene.
Here is a close up of my leopard. You can see many more animals in the scene now. I really feel that the painting is starting to take shape, and feels like a personal and contemporary interpretation of the garden.
close up of the lower left hand of my painting. There are birds by the legs of the women.
I took a look at Rubens garden of Eden, and really fell in love with the way in which he filled his painting with a whole range of animals. I also took a walk in Chiswick house and gardens and saw some great wildlife and birds, and this made me want to paint the owl, swans and heron.
I started to think about the senses, and so I put headphones on one woman, a metallic eye mask on the lady sitting down with her tongue is sticking out. The bow of Diana is about to be launched, and the netball player holds a pill of youth in between her fingers.
I started to think about the senses, and so I put headphones on one woman, and a metallic eye mask on the lady sitting down with her tongue is sticking out. The goddess Diana is about to launch her arrow, and the netball player holds a pill of youth in between her fingers.