“Waiting for the Ballet Class to Begin” (oil on panel)

© 2014 Letizia Morley

My all-time favorite painting, of my daughter at ballet class when she was 5 years old. I like the way the late afternoon sunlight gleams over the wood floors and glows on the pink tutus. My favorite aspect of the painting is the distinct personalities of the girls conveyed by their postures. I don’t think any of them was too excited to be there and you can tell. Parents don’t get to observe the class except twice a year so on this rare occasion I took many photos to use as references for my painting.

I didn’t set out to do a painting inspired by Degas’ famous ballerina paintings but it ended up that way.

“Time to Paint” comic

This comic was originally shown in the Transept Facebook art exhibition in April of 2020. Transept is a student-led artist group associated with the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews.

‘There is a time for everything’, Ecclesiastes 3 calligraphy

This calligraphy is a journey through time using 17 different scripts. The left column shows the century in which each script was used. The right column includes “ego alpha et omega”, the words of Jesus from Revelation 22:13: “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”. I wanted to show that God endures through all time, though things go and come around again. The last image shows which scripts were used.