I’ve been working on a big commission all month and have hardly had any time for anything else, but I kept receiving bulletins from lightspacetime.art about entering their 10th Annual Open (no theme) Exhibition and finally sat down to choose the five paintings I wanted to submit, just a day before the deadline. The best part of entering near the end is that you receive the results pretty quickly, so less than a week later I find that Dancing the Night Away received Special Recognition out of 1004 entries from the U.S. and around the world. All winning entries will be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of November 2020. In these terrible times, it’s lovely to get some good news!
I love everything about dancing. I took my first ballet class before I was 5 and, bursting with pride, was a dancing tulip by the time June came around, when I experienced my first annual dance recital. I married a good dancer and still enjoy dancing with him whenever possible, whether at someone’s wedding or, on a Friday night, at the club where we live. I particularly like watching the young dancers perform on So You Think You Can Dance and must admit that I even enjoy Dancing With the Stars. Painting dancers is even more fun for me these days, especially when it includes the challenge of portraying movement on a static canvas.
Dancing the Night Away is a portrait of a dance troupe, but it could just as easily be seen as a memory of my high school days in the late 50’s and early 60’s, when we all watched American Bandstand and dreamed about dancing on TV with our friends