"Lady In Pink" underpainting, work in progress on canvas by Bea Garth, January 2017

“Lady In Pink” underpainting, work in progress on canvas by Bea Garth, January 2017

This is my new canvas painting I am working on. It is inspired by an extremely small painting on watercolor paper  I did back in San Jose (about the size of a large card).

The idea is that she will probably be wearing pink and black, and likely has dark skin.  Though all this could change depending…

Obviously I am still working on the cat!! This time it won’t be brown. It will be a contrasting color… And yes I want the cat to feel alive with movement!

I often like to make an underpainting like this before I go ahead and paint the whole thing in color with all the shading, contrast etc. This way I make sure I get the composition worked out in a simpler state rather than have to remake the whole thing if I didn’t get it right.