The evolution of a painting

I recently started a new painting and I wanted to show you a little behind the scenes sneak peek. I started off painting the background with a pallet knife with the color yellow (I don’t have a photo of the initial stages)

I sketched the outline of the design I wanted to paint and painted in the red in a first layer.

Then painted in the purple going out as a gradient. To the inner circle I added a lighter shade to make it pop more.

Lastly I expanded the variations of color going out to all three layers of purple. 

The painting is almost finished, all I need to do is to add more dimension to the red ribbon. What do you think of this painting? Am I headed in the right direction?


Over the summer I taught myself to paint. I am planning on writing a post later on about why I started painting and show some behind the scenes looks at my work and my progress, but until then, I wanted to share this with you.

here is a video of one of works in progress:

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