Here is my next project, already in the works. The woman's body is a wire frame with barbed wire which is constricting and imprisoning her. But, hope is near, as the barbed wire turns into birds, flying away to give her her freedom.
I have started this with and underpainting of Burnt Sienna that is then layered with a grey mixed from Dioxazine Purple, Light Blue, Naples Yellow and White. The Burnt Sienna will slightly show through, which should give it a touch of rust color, which will set the mood for the wire dress.
This painting is 30"x40" and is a bit of an experiment for me to try something a more than a portrait, but with more of a background and in-depth storyline.
"Lacewing" is complete. I added the wings in the background to give the look of a veil. This version also has the aphid being a colorful accessory. I am pleased with how this turned out, although I will probably mess with it again since I have a tendency to tweak things forever!