Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ballet Slippers - A Quick Study


12" x 6" Oil on Board

Just before the holidays photographer daughter Stephanie and I decided we would like a pair of ballet slippers for still life props.  She found a pair on ebay that were just what we had in mind...a bit worn  with lots of character and begging to be (photographed) painted! After Steph took a few pics, I grabbed the shoes!  It's my turn to enjoy them!

Placing the slippers on a shelf with the ribbons hanging made for an easy set up and this little piece flowed.  Oh, but are these ribbons ever going to present a challenge!


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13 comments:

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    1. Thanks Christiane - I appreciate your visit and your comments!

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  2. I love the painting, Rosemary! Ballet is a dance I think is so very beautiful, so strong and graceful at the same time. I'm sure these shoes were loved!

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    1. Thank you Sherry! I think these shoes were loved too - certainly worn. Ballet dancers and their shoes have so often been painted and now it's my turn. An old subject but new to me!

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  3. Dear Rosemary - this is a lovely painting and a great subject. Hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year. Take care and have a great week.

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    1. Debbie, I really appreciate your coming by and your comments, and I trust your year is off to a great start too!

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  4. After zooming on the ribbons, I see the challenge!!! You did a beautiful painting of these ballet slippers, Rosemary! Excellent piece!

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  5. After zooming on the ribbons, I see the challenge!!! You did a beautiful painting of these ballet slippers, Rosemary! Excellent piece!

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    1. Thank you Hilda - to paint long vertical ribbons is breaking the rules a bit - but - was just a quick study to get better acquainted with the shoes. I'm so glad you like it!

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  6. I love this painting Rosemary. Your composition is so wonderful and the dramatic dark background really makes the slippers pop!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! This one was fun!

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  7. Aren't you clever, buying ballet shoes to paint them! You did a wonderful job. Very romantic

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    1. Thanks Celeste, I hope to get a few more paintings using these shoes! I'm glad you think it's romantic -

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