I do not typically get frightened at scary movies. I am much too cynical for them. The wicked witch of the east did make an impression on me. I can still see her flying on the bike past Dorothy's house during the tornado. Scary stuff. For some reason I kept thinking of her while I was painting this. Maybe it is the black bike.
I included the photo that was my inspiration for this painting. A good example of how the photo is just a jumping off point. I made several changes as I got into the panting. It was hard faking the front of the bike that was hidden by the bench. I pulled up some other pictures of bikes from the side to help. Still not sure about that part. I originally painted her shirt white and her bag straw. It was not working for me so I changed it. One thing that is risky in this painting is how close to the center of the painting the red and white bag are. I still think it works. this is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
I am having a workshop at my home in a couple of weeks and we are focusing on working from photos. The pros and cons. I know there are some out there who think you should always paint from life and not photos. I am not that fast of a painter. This lady was going very fast.
My workshop is full but email me if you are interested and I can put you on the waiting list or let you know about the next one I will do in January or February.