"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ballerina #16

Oil on linen - 18x14 - and a close up of the faces...
It looks like auditions are underway to replace the ballerina with the pulled hamstring! I guess the show must go on!
You can probably tell that I am having a wonderful time with these ballerina paintings. The fun part is, I just paint the next ballerina and the story line develops from there - who knows where all this is coming from or where it will go? Some of my inspiration comes from the comments I receive here on my blog - they are always so encouraging and I find myself drawing a lot of strength from them. Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to look and to leave me a few words about your thoughts and reactions!

30 comments:

  1. Your paintings are magnificent. I like your ballerina series. Great body language and great facial expressions. Wow!

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    1. Thank you greatly, Nora. I am surprised that I did so many ballerinas - they just kept coming!

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  2. The show does go on! I love all these different ballerinas you keep coming up with--the expressions on these two are super. Thanks to you also for commenting on my site. I so appreciate the time it takes.

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    1. LOL - the show does go on - thanks so much, Stephanie!

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    1. Thank you, Rick - that means so much to me.

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  4. Wow another beautiful one! I love how the story is developing!

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    1. Hi, Judy - and thank you for mentioning me and linking to my blog on your site - much appreciated!

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  5. Painting and writing are a natural pair. It's all about the story. Your ballerinas are epoch!

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    1. Thank you, Sam - its interesting how the story line just seemed to develop itself!

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  6. Susan, this and all your paintings are so absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Wow, Susan - coming from you I am just thrilled to hear that!

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  7. I love the story behind the painting. Beautiful faces on these ballerinas.!

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    1. Many thanks, Hilda - I love the sweet gentle face on your recent portrait too!

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  8. L'ensemble de vos ballerines sont extraordinaires... Elles ont toutes une face cachée...
    Vous apportez à chacune d'elles beaucoup d'émotions, de charme ... Le réel décor du spectacle.
    A elles, toutes elles ont leurs places à l'Opéra...
    Gros bisous

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    1. MartineAlison, I do know what you mean when you say you sense a dark side to the ballerina series. I am always interested to hear the reactions of other artists and yours is giving me some thought. Thank you!

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  9. Exquisite, Susan! Love the warm colors.

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn - I love watching your watercolors develop. Some day I may follow your example and put a work in progress on my blog.

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    1. Thanks, Julie - I enjoy your blog - love your style of painting!

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  11. I guess it takes two to fill the spot of one...

    There's so much comedy in this series. Whatever it is fueling these, I hope it doesn't stop!

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    1. I wish I knew - or maybe its better left unknown! The last two days have been days of frustration and wipe-offs but I am hoping there is yet another ballerina in the wings.

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  12. Susan, this painting is so ' alive', like you just froze the moment when the ballerina turns to answer somebody. Superb!

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    1. Many thanks, Jane - I appreciate that!

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  13. Oh my goodness, Susan! I just followed Judy's signpost and here I am ... breathless at what I find and lost for words at such magical 'scenes'.


    I shall just stand quietly over at the back of the blog... and watch, full of admiration

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    1. Hi, John - I am so glad you found me (and a big thank you to Judy for linking to me on her blog)! Thank you for your kind words of support. I have had a meander around your blog and was fascinated by your stories - especially how your art career seems to take off every time you pick up a pen! I wish I could say the same! Your drawings are so precise - I am in awe!

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  14. Well, you are just amzing aren't you? If I painted like this my head would be MASSIVE! I used to be a Ballerina, so these are of particular interest to me and I love the fact that the models are far from typical! I also paint using oils, but in a tighter, vintage-like fashion. I love how your lively brush-strokes dance across the canvas. Beautiful! :0)

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  15. You make me laugh, Sandra! Thanks for your very encouraging words! :)

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  16. I continue to just love this series. This dynamic duo is so wonderfully done. I still love that they are all unique and so different and just plain fun and fabulous...keep the girls coming! Oh and maybe there will be a male dancer too---there is a thought! Hope that inspired you. Always admire and appreciate your blog and artwork- a favorite of mine!

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  17. Your comments just make my day Kathy! And great minds think alike - I have been experimenting with some male figures this week! :)

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