July 2020: Much of my recent work has focused on bodies in motion, mostly dancers. I am a fan of modern dance. Sometimes when watching a live performance – very often by Portland’s amazing NW Dance Project – I will look down and see that my hands are air drawing. A still photo can freeze action, but it can’t capture movement. The challenge of a painting is to do both.
I have never before tried to paint a pas de deux – two dancers responding to each other’s movement. As I worked up sketches, I found myself envisioning a large multi-panel work. It is now taking shape on four panels and is about seven feet in both dimensions. Here is the drawing as of early July.
A friend commented about this work in progress: “I have loved watching the progression of your art. It’s change became obvious when your grandchild arrived. Now it looks like pure joy!”
Stand by for color.
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