My intention was always to change the rules of the game after finishing the first 90 images. The ultimate goal, as always, was 99, and after a brief hiatus, I'm returning. These final 9 images will all come from the same show-- Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim's take on the Brother's Grimm. I also wanted these last paintings to feel more finished. To get around my two hour rule, I broke up the project into sections. I spent two hours on the black and white painting, which I'm posting next to the underdrawing (with which, as ever, I could spend as much time as I wanted) and two hours on the final color.
The first image has Cinderella crying on her mother's grave, which her tears have watered into a giant tree. The spirit inside the tree grants her her wish-- a dress for the festival.