dance academy seniors 2013

June 13, 2013 3 Comments

Congratulations to the graduating senior dancers of the Dance Academy of Loudoun! I'm becoming something of a tradition around the DAL, as each year the moms ask me to paint the seniors as their farewell gift. Loved getting to sketch this group - they each had such a unique style.

Posted in ballet, dance, dance academy of loudoun, dancers, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, senior gift, The Sketch Book


December 06, 2012 10 Comments

Here's a sketch of Clara I created for a ballet school in my hometown to help them celebrate their 2012 production of The Nutcracker. Is anyone going to see the ballet?

I am dying to go, I say this every year, and then I never do it. I think subconsciously I have a block against it because I know that it wont be MY version of the Nutcracker and I'll be disappointed.

Growing up as a ballerina meant that The Nutcracker outranked Christmas and my birthday combined. I lived for it. LIVED FOR IT. It was the single most important part of the year, and finding out what role I was cast in was essentially how I evaluated my entire existence and progress as a human being.

I guess, I was a little bit unhealthily obsessed. I owned multiple books and videos all documenting various versions of the ballet and I would pour over them again and again trying to distinguish all the discrepancies that made each story a little different. No version will ever be as perfect as the one I grew up dancing. I could probably still act the entire thing out for you right now if you put the soundtrack on.

So this one goes out to all you Claras out there. We're the ones who really know what Christmas is about - magic and wonder.

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sketching swans

March 30, 2012 5 Comments

another ballerina! a swan to be specific. spring time always makes me think of swan lake because that is when we'd preform it back in my ballet days. a funny development of sketching ballerinas - it makes me have better posture. while i sit here thinking about the poses and the beautiful attention to detail that makes ballet so captivating i find myself being more aware of my own slouching and sit up straighter. so with that, i bid you a happy weekend full of amazing posture!

Posted in ballet, illustration, Inslee, swan lake, The Sketch Book


December 16, 2010 8 Comments

once upon a time, christmas for me didn't mean endless shopping or tacky christmas parties or making lists for santa, it meant one thing: THE NUTCRACKER. in fact my collective memory of childhood christmas is pretty much a blur of party scenes, giant mouse heads and tychovski. anyway, i thought i'd paint a ballerina today since i'm feeling sentimental about all the wonderful excitement of the nutcracker christmases of my past (for any of your hardcore ballet fans out there, yes i know thats a swan, not a sugarplum, relax) and also because i really REALLY want to go see black swan. it is a travesty that i have not seen it yet. it is at the top of my priority list right now.

Posted in ballerina, ballet, black swan, Christmas, the nutcracker, The Sketch Book