I used this personal project to experiment with a lot of new techniques and to explore a fairy tale that has come to be known through several different interpretations. At first I was determined to focus on the ballet version of Sleeping Beauty (which is where the costume originates), but this immediately led to practical questions such as Was the painting set on the stage? Should I focus on the dance aspect or the story the dance revolved around? In the end it became a mash-up of several concepts, which, in hindsight, don’t entirely work together. The execution of the painting also gave it an unintended melodrama. I wanted the rose thicket to seem wilder, so I threw in some more colors and ink lines and muddied everything, probably a bit too much. In the end, it’s the initial sketch that best captures the mood I was going for. Sometimes it happens that way. Still, the technical challenges made this a fascinating piece to work on, and I think I will definitely try this color palette on something else.