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…
Dancing in the Dark
I usually paint my tango dancers on a colored ground, my focus being the image, not the setting. But over the last couple of years, my friend, Jeff Fay, a wonderfully talented young artist who specializes in architectural paintings (jhutchinsonfay.com), did a few night paintings—a convenience store, a gas station, an ice cream stand—that blew me away. I loved the atmosphere that black background created and thought it would work in a tango painting, enhancing the mood and highlighting the intimacy. It took me some time before I got to paint this, but I knew before I started that I would call it Dancing in the Dark.