Ballerina on Toes
Acrylic on canvas l/d on mount board
7 by 9 inches (18.2 by 23 cm)
exluding .5 inch (1.3 cm)white border
Although the dancer was on her toes and leaning forward, I found the painting static. I painted her head in a frontal view. This is not the direction of her body and therefore movement is created. On the left side of the figure I added curving lines of light blue which continue on the right side. Again this provides movement for your eyes. There are strokes of pink at the left of the dancer’s legs. The repeated strokes of blue and pink add movement. The similar color pink of her tights also creates movement as the color of the tights and the strokes are similar. The lines of color moving into the painting at the left upper and lower sections create movement and lead the viewer to the dancer. The barre also leads the viewer to the dancer as it moves from thick to thin. The blue white behind the dancer pushes her forward in space. Therefore, despite a static pose, the techniques used contribute to a sense of movement.