Dancing the Night Away
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
Dancing With the Stars
I attended yet another lovely reception at the Lighthouse Artcenter in Tequesta, FL, on Thursday evening, March 21st, for the Best of the Clubs juried exhibition, which ran through March 28th. This was the largest exhibition of paintings, photographs and 3D art from more country club communities than they’ve ever displayed before, and I’m happy to have Dancing With the Stars included in such good company! Now that I’m a full time Florida resident, I look forward to joining the Lighthouse Artcenter as a member, giving me more opportunities to show my work at this impressive venue for artists.
No matter how many people tell you your work is good or how good you think you are, it’s always a thrill and a privilege to have a submission accepted into a juried exhibition. I entered the Salem Arts Festival for the first time this year and was honored to see Dancing With the Stars hanging in the Old Town Hall in Salem this weekend.
Dancing With the Stars
I love dancing of all kinds and must admit that I’m a big fan of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. This last season of DWTS, just ended, featured more couples doing the Argentine tango than ever before and in spectacular fashion, particularly as the finals came closer. Not having painted the tango in over a year, the show inspired me to paint another pair of tango dancers, this time foregoing color for black and white. As in old movies, the black and white palette generates an atmosphere that you can’t achieve with color, and I thought it might be effective for a dance that creates a mood and tells a story. You be the judge…