Unfortunately, due to health issues this exhibition has been cancelled until further notice
This week has been one of the most frustratingly painful times of my life, finding myself in hospital for the second time this month with the same complaint. Needless to say, life has been put on hold until the problem is resolved.
Nevertheless, this little issue wont stop me painting which is a good thing. In fact, I see it as a opportunity to review my work to date, and re-evaluate the direction of the current series of work. A commentator on the painting”Leap of Faith” made the observation that the yellow ribbons emphasised the movement, giving more definition to the composition.
Another question asked of me with regard to a current project was, “Why are you painting your dancers naked?” My answer was “I want to break the movement down to its most simple without the distraction of colour and costume.”
These two conversations made me stop and think. I started studying dancers with flowing garments, then researched photos of dancers in the nude. The nude photos were posed making them a disjointed snap shot. I then flicked back to the clothed dancers with flowing fabric accentuating movement set to choreography and a musical score. One form was alive, the other stilted, uncomfortable.
I then took a step back and looked at the current project alongside ‘Leap of Faith’ and noticed both had one thing in common. There was movement in both much like the photos of the dancers with flowing clothes. As mentioned earlier the ribbons did the trick with ‘Leap of Faith’ and yet in the ‘Project’ it was the wave action. In this painting, if I dressed the figures, the clothing would detract from the simplicity of movement.
It all comes back to asking the question, “what is the message I am trying to convey?” The answer is movement and energy of body, soul and music. There is no one way to portray the concept, there are many, and my aim is to make the message as simple as possible without detracting from the beauty of the human form.
“Balance in all things”.