BallenIsles Art Expo | 2017

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If it’s January, it must be time for the BallenIsles Art Expo, and this marks the twelfth year I’ve shown my paintings here. Polarized caused a fair amount of conversation, but I was most gratified by the reactions to the portraits I showed as a diptych: Almost Herb and Sydelle. My friends have lived in BallenIsles as long as I have and were immediately recognizable to their friends and neighbors here. I’ll take that as a compliment…

 

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Performance Art Redux

Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

When I posted Polarized, in early May, I ended the blog with “More to come…,” so here it is at last, Topsy Turvy.  My dancer made it to the pole, as athletic as she was when she was approaching it, her lower body and abdominal strength in view, matching that upper body strength of the first painting.  

A shout out here to Whitney Browne for allowing me to use her gorgeous photos of these terrific athletes in action. Again, I was attracted to the sensuous curves of the dancer and the play of theatrical lights on her body…fun to paint! 

I have extolled the values of painting class before and was reminded of that the other day, when it was one of my painting friends who told me about the Brown University Poler Bears, a coed competitive pole dancing team with their own FaceBook page. If I ever paint another pole dancer, I might want to look for a male model…

Performance Art Redux

Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

When I posted Polarized, in early May, I ended the blog with “More to come…,” so here it is at last, Topsy Turvy.  My dancer made it to the pole, as athletic as she was when she was approaching it, her lower body and abdominal strength in view, matching that upper body strength of the first painting.  

Polarized

Polarized

A shout out here to Whitney Browne for allowing me to use her gorgeous photos of these terrific athletes in action. Again, I was attracted to the sensuous curves of the dancer and the play of theatrical lights on her body…fun to paint! 

I have extolled the values of painting class before and was reminded of that the other day, when it was one of my painting friends who told me about the Brown University Poler Bears, a coed competitive pole dancing team with their own FaceBook page. If I ever paint another pole dancer, I might want to look for a male model…

Performance Art

Polarized

Polarized

I’ve been painting Polarized since February, taking a long time on a large canvas that I could only work on when I wasn’t in Florida…in the winter. When my fourteen year old granddaughter Maddie saw the grisaille FullSizeRender (69)with just the background painted in, she admired the yoga pose…until I pointed to the pole. I’m not sure she approved. Every time I worked on it in Marblehead, at the Acorn Gallery & School of Art, it attracted attention and comments from people passing by—more than any other of the paintings I’ve done there—often by men who signaled thumbs up or wanted to know, “How much?” As it turns out, pole dancing is quite a legitimate form of exercise, practiced by professionals and amateurs alike. There are even pole athletes, both men and women—think Cirque Du Soleil. You can find pole fitness classes all over the country and even attend the annual Pole Expo, in Las Vegas of course.

This beautiful blonde may not be a professional, but she’s got game! And I must admit that I like the suggestive nature of the subject. Just as my whispering paintings are meant to hint at secrets and lies, I would hope that with Polarized the viewer becomes a voyeur, imagining the interaction between her and that pole.

More to come…