“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.

Shakespeare’s Church, Oil On linen, 2016

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I visited Stratford-upon-Avon a few years ago to see The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We went to the tomb of Shakespeare at the Holy Trinity Church in the town, the church where he was baptised as well. The tomb is inside the church and on the grave there is this inscription:

Good frend, for Iesvs sake, forbeare to digg the dvst encloased heare. Blese be ye man, ye spares thes stones, and cvrsed be he ye moves my bones.

I guess I was expecting something a little more meaningful or transcendent than a grave-robber’s curse. Very interesting indeed…

This oil on linen painting is based on a photo that I took of the path leading to the entrance of the church.

Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY (oil on panel)

image©Letizia Morley 2012  Photo: Bruce Jeffrey

This was the first oil landscape I ever attempted. It was painted en plein air at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Under the tutelage of David Peikon, I was able to step out bravely into the world of landscape painting which had hitherto been very intimidating. David Peikon is not only a wonderful teacher but is first and foremost an accomplished painter. Visit his website at artistdavidpeikon.com.