The paintings of Soraya Bradley
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Soraya's Journal

musings about art and life ...


Re-Working a Painting

Blue Sky Dreaming, a painting by Romantic Realist Soraya Bradley


Once upon a time in a faraway land lived a beautiful princess ....

Blue Sky Dreaming is a indulgence into my love of faerie tales. Always as a child the words painted images in my head of exquisite maiden's in breathtaking settings. No particular story, but like the first lines of a faerie tale, an archetype of a princess and the promise of a magical tale.

At some point during the glazing process I decided on a different direction with the floral crown. It was not well thought out and I did not execute it very well. It was a 50/50 call as to whether it was best to go with the initial idea or the new concept. But, in my opinion, it must be reworked or the whole painting discarded.

I decided to return to the big curvy roses, as this reflected the curves of the waves and soften the classic but severe composition.