Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dancers

A couple of weeks ago, Shiloh Sophia McCloud invited artists interested in her Colour of Woman workshops to celebrate International Women's day by painting two women.

Though I wasn't able to participate in painting along with her livestream at my friend Elisabeth's studio, I set my easel (OK, music stand!!) up out in my yard, & painted away! 

Paint table

I began by painting an undercoat, & then began sketching in the dancers. I love all forms of dance, from Classical Kirov style Russian ballet to free form improvisation, and wanted my dancers to reflect that range.
Outdoor 'studio'


I've sketched the dancers at our ballet studio for years, & pulled up a few images from the last Nutcracker performance as inspiration. 
Undercoat











Outline


I was able to paint for several hours, & was grateful for the lovely sunny day!  

The next day was our Artspiration show, which was a lot of fun, but whew!! I have a new appreciation for artists who participate in weekly art/craft markets! It takes a lot of energy to set up even a tiny exhibit like ours, & interact with the guests ....

roughing in Flesh tones
 So I had a break of several days, before getting back to the studio (inside this time) & playing more with my dancers. 



*  Dancers *





There are bits of silver paint in the crown & earrings, a floaty scarf .... and two sweet dancers, caught in a moment between movements

I just discovered a lovely group: 
Paint Party Friday this is my first submission!



20 comments:

zenkatwrites.com said...

Lovely image, and a wonderful way to spend the day! Welcome to Paint Party Friday!

Saskia said...

Beautiful work!!

Smiles, Saskia :)

Netty said...

Beautiful artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Giggles said...

Beautiful you can see their concentration and movement!

Hugs Giggles

Annabelle said...

Lovely work Dia and welcome to Paint Party Friday.
Annabelle m..m

Dia said...

Thank you!
It was such fun painting outside!

Dia said...

Thank you, Saskia!

Dia said...

Thanks, Annette! I shoo enjoy your pieces add well!!

Dia said...

I hoped for a feeling of movement, thank you!

Dia said...

Thanks, Annabelle, I'm looking forward to participating in PPF!

susupetal said...

Oh, first of all I admired the beautiful weather and sun which were to be seen in your photos! To paint outside! Not yet in here in Finland.

I love the expression on their faces, they know what they are doing, they concentrate and enjoy. Beautiful.

Paper rainbow said...

I love your dancers. The outdoor light has made your canvas come to life. I love painting outdoors. Sadly our inclement weather doesn't allow the luxury too often :( thanks for your sweet comments. I am very impressed you play the harp. I was named after the Scottish folksong Morag of dunvegan don't know if that's the song you mean but its a lovely melody. Glad you have joined the party :)

soulbrush said...

Welcome, it's great to see you here. Thanks for visiting my blog too.Happy PPF.

saheli said...

wow..u r really multi talented.chked ur other blogs too.so energetic.keep going
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Fritzeline Farbenfroh said...

This is a really beautful work!
Both women are concentrated and lost in thought.
It´s seems both has stopped for a little moment.
Wonderful!

I love painting outside, it´s so inspiring to feel the nature, to listen to the birds and let the creativity flow.

Claudia

Marianne said...

Beautiful work!

die amelie said...

Love how you caught them in dancing movement and concentrating on their next steps, Dia!

Claudia x

Swapna Dinesh said...

Hi Dia.. Thanks for visiting my blog n your comments.. Nice work with teh dancers...

Dia said...

thank you all!!

Nicolas Hall said...

Dia,

Your work is inspired and captures the fleeting essence of the greater world of possibility around you. Love peeking into this aspect of creation and reading through your posts, I am so inspired to see how your soul resonates with the themes you choose to explore. . . I will be back to peruse even more closely in the near future. Thank YOU for sharing and for expressing so openly and willingly. . .

nicolas