Grace ~ Flamenco Dancer in Red

Grace ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas SOLD
Today I have another Flamenco Dancer to share with you. I have it up for bid on DailyPaintworks, so if you’d like an opportunity to own a piece of my work for a very affordable price, click on the Bid Now button above.
I am captivated by dance, especially flamenco and ballet. I’ve always been hopeless at anything choreographed so I am left watching in awe at the passion and energy and pure worship that can be conveyed by these amazing women. I feel like, by painting them, I can capture some of that passion for myself.
I have always loved to dance, and have a good sense of the beat, but I have never been great at learning the steps. Now that I’m older, I’d love to take salsa or flamenco classes, but they don’t offer anything like that here…hmmm, maybe a suggestion to bring up with the Art’s Council!

Dance Like No-one is Watching

Dance Like No-One is Watching ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on panel

 Being happy, healthy, fit…It’s something that I work really hard at in my life
. But sometimes, things don’t always click. It’s hard to stay present and be in the moment.  There are so many distractions that we forget to have fun, and the whole staying healthy, happy and present thing just becomes one more thing to knock off on the ever growing list of things to do. I’m up at 6 for my morning run, then back home to make breakfast for the family, pack lunches, get the kids out the door, then do my weights, shower, answer emails and do all the internet stuff, start painting, paint until the kids get home from school, then try to switch my attention to house cleaning, dinner, bath and bedtime. But just like so many other parents out there, I forget to take a break and do something just for me. Something that fills me with joy. And its something that is not on the to-do list but really should be. 
I love to dance. When I was a young adult, I loved to go to clubs. It made my parents worry so much, because that environment was so not like me. I didn’t drink, I didn’t even have boyfriends. That’s not why I went. I just wanted to dance. So the other day, one of my favorite songs, “The Mull River Shuffle” by the Rankin Family came on, and I just stopped what I was doing and danced. Like a lunatic, until I was breathless. At first my kids looked at me like I was nuts! What’s mom on?! But pretty soon they starting dancing too! It’s one of the last times I really remember just having fun, with no agenda…So do it, now. Click on that link and go “dance like no one is watching.”
Have a lovely day, my friends.

“When we are too busy doing things for our children, we forget how important it is to simply be with them.” ~ Daniel Siegel and Mry Hartzell : Parenting From the Inside Out

Check out my little lovelies:

Flamenco 2

“Flamenco” 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
NFS
This is the final painting in my flamenco series. It was fun, other than I don’t really know what to name them all. I finally got some good pictures…I stuck them in the scanner, and they all worked, whaddya know! So I replaced all the pictures in my previous posts with the new ones. Enjoy! Now, on to bigger and better things:)

Ole`! Flamenco Dancer

Ole!!  6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
For sale on ebay starting Sunday, 6 pm PST
The fourth in the Flamenco dancer series. I had fun with this one, especially on the hands…I’m proud of them! lol!
Ole!! 6 x 6 oil on canvas panel (New photo!:))

Again, the quality of the photo really doesn’t do justice to the original at all. There’s glare on it that I couldn’t get rid of in photoshop, and the background is lacking the richness in color that’s really there. You’ll just have to take my word for it! I can’t wait to get my frames for these. I found a great company in Kelowna that makes beautiful plein air frames that will fit these perfect. www.classicgalleryframing.com. Their prices are reasonable, and they ship to my teeny tiny nowhere town.

Flamenco dancer

“Bonita” 6 x 6 oil on canvas (New photo)

This has been a fun little series for me. It’s neat to explore a set color scheme and subject matter, and see how many ways you can find to fill it. I have to thank Aline Salazar on Flickr for her wonderful reference photos. I have changed it to suit my own tastes, but I got the idea from her.
This photo is horrible, unfortunately. I can’t seem to photograph anything with dark backgrounds successfully, and the contrast is a bit off. It hasn’t picked up the richness of the colors of her flesh, either, but oh well. I’ve tried to tweak it in photoshop, to no avail. We do what we can with what we have! At least the expressiveness is there. This will be up for sale on ebay on Sunday night, 6 pm PST.