My third ‘nearly’ act drawing is a ballet dancer. I painted her with Aquarell watercolor on tinted paper (Mi-Teintes). I found the reference photo on Pinterest and traced it back to a Tumblr Blog, but could not find any Copyright info.
This mixed media painting is part of the series “Dance of the Trees”. It shows a tree which is half tree, half dancer emerging from the tree trunk. Some of the branches still try to hold onto the dancer. The facial expression is patterned after Edvard Munch‘s “The Scream“. The background has the color palette of a beautiful sunrise. Maybe this means it is the morning of a new and liberated life?
The background is painted with acrylic paint, while the tree and the dancer are painted with oil paint.
This painting is presently on display at the Atrium, Bad Schallerbach, Upper Austria, and is for sale after the exhibition (at the end of October). Contact me if you are interested in buying the original. If you want to buy canvas prints, posters and greeting cards, go here.
My upcoming exhibition has the title “The Dance of Trees” and as a result, I tried different ways to express the moving character of trees.
Dancing Birch Self-portrait
This painting of a birch that dances started out as a self-portrait. During a Christian art congress the participants of our painting class got 30 minutes to paint something that represents them.
The dancing birch was the result of these 30 minutes, even though I later went over it in more detail.
Why a dancing birch?
The title of the exhibition combines two of my loves – trees and dance.
I love trees – sometimes I say that I have a “Dogmatix-Soul” because like him I am saddened about every cut tree. Birches (as well as beeches) have a special place in my heart. I sometimes call birches “my sisters”.
And of course, I love dance – that’s why I chose “Faith-Dance” as my artist name.
That’s why I felt that a dancing birch would be a good way of presenting myself. I was very moved by the remarks of my class-mates as they tried to interpret the original painting, because so many things were spot on about me.
The original 30 minute painting was done with watercolor; the final painting was done with gouache on top of it. The painting is on a thin passepartout board, size 20 x 27.5in (50×70 cm).
Even though most of you won’t have the opportunity to visit my next exhibition in Upper Austria, I still want to let you know about it. Here is the front of the invitation:
The theme of the exhibition will be “Dance of the Trees – unmovable and yet moved”. It combines two of my loves – dance and trees. I will soon post some of the paintings that will be displayed during the exhibition.
The opening will be on Friday September 19, 2014 at 7 pm at the Atrium Foyer, 4701 Bad Schallerbach, Upper Austria, with musical contributions from Carmen Graf. The exhibition can be visited every day from 9 am to 5 pm until October 29, 2014.
Last week I discovered an unusual painting course in Linz, Upper Austria. I was able to participate one evening and get to know it a little bit. Friedrich Wurm developed a concept called “Paint and Smile. He offers four different painting techniques that are also suitable for beginners. The topic of this evening was “Adventures in your head”.
Here is my result of this creativity evening. I was amazed myself what we were able to achieve with simple and unconventional methods.
Perichoresis is a theological expression that describes an aspect of the trinity. Many years ago, I heard a sermon on this topic and the speaker tried to describe it as a form of dance, combining harmony, individualism and yet perfect consideration for each other. This was in the back of my mind when I painted this picture: