Monday, August 23, 2010
"Instruments", oil on canvas, 16" x 16"
Above is a piece to be shown at the upcoming Dance + Art show at Atlanta Dance Central, this Friday. In an earlier post I posted pictures of my sketches from an ADC class, along with the intention to paint the figures. I think my sketches work and show the enthusiasm and originality of the young dancers, but as I approached my canvas this morning to paint them, all I could think of was, "This has been done before, by Degas no less." It somehow seemed typical, and well, not me. I like my still lives. I missed dissecting an everyday object and turning it into my own. Solving my problem creatively (my grade school art teacher would be oh, so proud) I found the one object that ballet dancers need: their shoes. This was a photograph (did you really think I had all those point shoes lying around?) that I cropped to make my own. The repetition and color (there is no use of straight white paint in this painting; it is various shades of cool and warm whites and violets) of the image invokes a sense of how many dancers go through the intense training, year after year, and some even for a lifetime. All those shoes. All those hours. All those dreams. I couldn't resist.
$200.00 ( + tax and shipping)