My all-time favorite painting, of my daughter at her 5 year olds’ ballet class. 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 seeming that way.
Note: the painting is signed “DeLorme” since that is my maiden name and also my pseudonym for some of my oil paintings. Continue reading