Before the Dance

by Bonnie C
(North Carolina)

Before the Dance

Before the Dance

Pastels both hard and soft, with pencil on 22 x 18 earthtone pastel paper


I love the beauty of the dancer and I like to play with high contrast lighting. I also admired Degas and his pastels of ballerina's so I thought I would try a pastel painting.

The lighting was most challenging. Next was the ballerina's face and resisting the urge to put lighting where it should not be.

I have a hard time knowing when to quit with my paintings and most of them take 6 weeks to 2 months to complete.

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Before the Dance
by: Lori Volkers

You are a Very Good Artist!!! I agree there is no reason to look for more to do, just recognize when it is Done!!

I also saw your other pastel on the Praying Woman, and think you need to do more and more drawings, so you can spend less time thinking about each one.

Leave them for a few days and think if there is really anything not done? before touching the painting. Doing more will give you a better feeling of when they are finished. Finding a group of artists will also help give you more comments as well as more lessons to help you learn more.

Have you heard of WETCANVAS.com? I capitalized for clarity..use small letters. They are HUGE and have lots of different painting methods for you to experiment with.

I am a member of that group and have been for years. Good luck and keep working, try selling some, but remember, people buy what they like, not necessarily what is good, so don't get frustrated...keep painting!!!

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Before the dance.
by: Stevie B.

What a cracker! Glad you've resisted the temptation to make it too bright. The more subdued colours really succeed.

Eat your heart out Mr Degas!

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Wonderful
by: Joan D.

What a beautiful job. It looks almost like a photo. Great work on the lights and darks. Makes me want to try pastels.

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Fantastic
by: geraldine

This is beautiful. I too am an admirer of Dega and have painted a few dancers myself.

The lighting is great and I love the way you've done her back and arms.

A fantastic painting. Do you have anymore here I could look at?


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stunning.
by: Anonymous

Absolutely stunning.

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BEAUTIFUL
by: Linda

Wow such elegance - absolutely beautiful, the drab room is brought to life by the pose of the dancer. Her tone, her form is wonderful, side features and yet such beauty.

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Before the dance
by: Angeline

Amazing! It's a masterpiece. Ik looks like a photograph in sepia. Very well done!

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Congratulations
by: Anonymous

Wow! That's Brilliant! Well Done! Audrey

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The professional
by: Irirna

All is fine - details, the general tone, and mood. It is remarkable work!

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painting
by: Mary Fraser

beautiful

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Before the Dance
by: Anji

I love your painting, it's beautiful.

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Well done Bonnie!
by: Pearl

Don't alter a thing. Your painting is perfect, the lighting and poise is just right, you have great talent. Thank you for sharing. Cheers P

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Amazing!
by: Allison

This looks so real, it doesn't look like painting, it looks like the real thing.
You are very good indeed!!

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Before the Dance
by: Vicki

If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. This is wonderful!

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pastel
by: Dorothy, Cambs

Just brilliant.

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Selling
by: Dorothy, Carluke

Hi Bonnie,

Have you ever thought of selling your paintings on the Internet. Get yourself a web page or join a local art group that have an "end of term" exhibitions.

This is how I have sold a good few of my paintings and also been asked to do commissions especially dogs and cats although I have sold landscapes and cityscapes.

The other thing about an art group is that you will meet other folk who have the same love of painting and you will definately make long lasting friendships.

Have a look in your local library or newspaper for any groups in your area.

Good luck,

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Before the Dance
by: Joey

Bonnie your pastel is stunning Great Work

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IN response to all of the comments
by: Bonnie

Thanks to everyone regarding the wonderful comments. I find it a blessing to receive these.

I would love to learn to use a different medium such as acrylics or watercolor. I have painted a few paintings in acrylic a few years ago but didn't understand how to use the medium. I have been experimenting lately especially with my "Divine Intervention" pastel with taking a picture and playing with the picture through Adobe Photoshop.

I found this site since there are lessons on acrylics. I think I could be faster at my paintings with acrylics because what slows me down is trying to get the contrast in pastel without muddying my painting.

I would like to sell my paintings or even prints but don't have a clue on how to go about it.


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before the dance
by: betty

i wish i could paint as good as you this is a lovely painting

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Very Good
by: Francie

I think you paint like the old masters, I love it

Francie

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When to stop
by: Dorothy, Carluke

Hi Bonnie,

Don't touch your painting it's beautiful the way it is. Like you I find "knowing where to stop is difficult" But if I find I am looking for things to alter then it is time to stop. In the past I've fiddled with some parts of a painting and made it worse not better.

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Before the Dance
by: Mops

Hi Bonnie:
Outstanding. Love the lighting on the tutu.All so subtle. I wish I had your talent!
Mops

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before the dance
by: breighdi

You are an amazing artist! Do you ever work in watercolor?


(Is there a forum on this site where we can talk to other members?)

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Before the Dance
by: monte

Beautiful, simply beautiful...just leave it alone now!

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