Study of the female form, the sway of hips produce mark making and line of pure
Oil on canvas
There's always a willowy beauty in any company or ballet class for that matter. Graceful,
lean and lithe producing the most beautiful line. Painted alla prima with palette knife in a
limited, pastel palette.
Oil on canvas
An allusion to the swans /corps de ballet in Swan Lake.
Varied views of the cygnets in Swan Lake which hint at a satisfyingly uniform whole.
This piece was developed from a live sketching session with Melissa Boniface and Alessio
Scognamiglio from the West Australian Ballet. They danced excerpts of their self
choreographed piece which was based on a sexually charged imaginary relationship with
iPhone Siri. I wanted to convey the sinuous movements and charged air.
Inspired by choreographer George Balanchine's ballet, Serenade (blue tutus on a blue
backdrop) where he let the corps dance. First performed in 1934 by American Ballet
Pas de Bleu
I love watching and sketching at the open classes held at the WA Ballet Centre.
This painting was inspired by the light, fleet of foot centre work in class, captured alla
Painted alla prima from sketches made a WA Ballet centre. Ballerina in repose, a relaxed
stance as the light streams into the sunny studio.
Dance with Me
Working big, wet on wet, luscious paint and bold brush strokes. Finding the light and
movement, gaining the sense of dancing away together in this pas de deux.
Admiring new pointe shoes, unblemished satin and newly sewn ribbons, the preparation
and toil to ensure they're perfect and the anticipation of the dance.
Corps de ballet
Alla prima, palette knife painting etched dancers and tutus, giving a glimpse of the corps
de ballet as they move onto the stage. Light, movement and colour combine. I used oil
sticks to add detail and texture.
At the Lake
The grace and uniformity of movement of the corps de ballet in this palette knife abstract
from Swan Lake Ballet.
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