Inspired by Edgar Degas, and my painting of “The Ballerina”

"The Ballerina"

"The Ballerina"

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do,” quoted by Edgar Degas, and you can see his work at http://edgar-degas.org/

Dan was very inspired by Degas, who did a series on ballerinas, and as it turned out Dan did do several commissioned pieces of dancers for a private collection. And now he is interested in pursuing the “body in motion” series–dancers and people doing yoga. We know someone who does yoga on local beaches (not now in winter) during the warmer months. This way Dan can do new work addressing one’s body in movement and his love of the sea. It will be interesting to see how this goes–definitely will be following his endeavors.

This composition, “The Ballerina” was done in acrylic–paint dries very quickly, but eventually Dan┬ádecided to work exclusively in oils. Oil paints take a much longer time to dry, and this feature gives him, the artist, time to rework a painting and achieve the desired effect. Oil paints also give a richness and depth of colour to the work, and an artist is able to blend their own colors with oils. Once completed, the artwork is durable and will maintain it’s color for a long period of time.

Will keep you posted about the “Body in Motion” series-think this will be fun and interesting. What do you think?

Have a good one,

Take care…

Dan and Nancy

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