Saturday, January 31, 2015

Seated Dancer Pulling Up Her Tights - after Degas

Degas' drawings of dancers captured the rhythm and beauty of dancers like no other.  Through line, form, an texture he draws you into intimate scenes.  Here is a copy after Degas of a dancer pulling up her tights.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ballet dancer

Boy, I keep forgetting how challenging watercolors can be.  I often find photographs of ballet dancers on Pinterest with interesting compositions and good lighting.  I really liked the lines expressed by this principal dancer and felt inspired to try painting it with watercolors.  I think I was able to preserve some of the key lines of the dancer but had trouble keeping some of the major shapes as I struggled to control the watercolors.  I think my next painting will be with oils.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Filoli Iris

It's been awhile since I've tried my luck with watercolors but after looking at some of my favorite artists' paintings I was inspired to paint this flower I photographed at Filoli.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Holiday lights

I thought I would wrap up the holidays with a painting of some holiday lights I found lying around the garage.  Which reminds me that I need to put away the holiday lights this weekend.