Painting: Celeste Bergin, Dancer, Oil on stretched canvas, 11 x 14 inches. ©2010.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
There was a great surprise in my life painting session today...a "real" ballerina. Getting her graceful shapes down in paint was a challenge. I did several starts. Finally, I did this oil sketch that approximated the pose. Even when things don't go exactly as planned, it's always GREAT to be able to look at a real live person and to try to translate what is seen onto a 2 dimensional surface. I was smart to abandon the idea of going for a very complete painting and to just concentrate on shapes. It is better to have one aspect of your effort be satisfying than 0! I was astonished how she held this pose with just a couple of short breaks for 3 hours! I hope that she'll pose for us again. She was a dream!