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The Sketch Book — ballet

dance academy seniors 2013

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.


Clara

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...


sketching swans

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!


ballerina

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,...