Thursday, February 6, 2014

One and a half ballet shoes 8" x 8" oil

When I decided to paint more than one shoe the 8" square seemed to work best.   Painting looser is something I have been trying to do.   Losing edges is a goal also.   After taking this long break from painting my perspective seems different also.   


Ballet shoe ll 6"x6" oil

I cannot imagine wearing these shoes, not even for a minute.  A couple of ballerinas in Louisville donated these shoes to me a number of years ago for some paintings I was working on.   I love the image of the shoes not the pain of wearing them... not that I wore them.   I did take tap lessons... actually roller skating was more my thing.   Flying down the asphalt street with the clip on skates making sparks as I flew.  But I digress.   For these shoe paintings I have added a few other tube colors. John Howard Sanden's Pro Mix color system for portrait and figure painting.   I do not use them in my portraits, they don't really work for me, but they are the perfect colors for these ballet shoes.