“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.

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