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I recently checked out a book I used to have from the library about ballet. It is called “The Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet-Fit.” I actually think I may still have the book; I just can’t find it at the moment. Believe it or not, I took ballet classes for a while in my early 40’s! I wish I could have afforded to keep on taking classes at the time, but other decisions affected my decision to cease taking the classes. However, I can still do some of the exercises. I am almost done with physical therapy now and am feeling much better since I joined a gym. With my feet the way they are, though, I can only do so much as far as positioning them for ballet. I am starting to practice some of the exercises again, just being extra careful. Anyway……..all that to say, I did a tracing of the black and white photo on the back of the book for this painting. The photos in the book were taken by Stephen Ladner. Here is a link to his wonderful website. http://www.steveladner.com/
I also had a nice conversation with Stephen when I called to ask his permission to publish my painting of his photo. I added the wall and stage for fun. I must give credit where photo credit is due after all. BUT the painting is all my own.
I really enjoyed playing with the colors on this one. I think I am going to do a few more ballerinas in different positions soon. However, I am going to attempt to draw those all on my own even though I normally don’t draw people as well as other subjects. So we’ll see…
I am still sketching some other water fowl so that idea is still going, and I will be posting some soon. I hope everyone is having a great week. Thanks for dropping by! And thank you, Steven!
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂