Monday, 11 June 2012

Echoes of Youth

Did I ever tell you I love to read?
Reading was my passion before I ever picked up a brush to paint.
Now I can use the inspiration of one to fire the completion of the other.
The Book Challenge is one of my favourite challenges over on the Painting Friends forum (whose button I've recently added to my blog!) 

Recently I finished a book called The Beach Hut.
The row of huts had their own occupants and the book told the story of their lives and how they intertwined. One occupant had been a ballerina in her youth before she had to change career. Ballet, to quote the book, had been her whole world.

So when at a recent art meet, there were a few items to choose from, I chose to paint the ballet shoes:

Echoes of Youth
6" x 11"
Arches 140 Rough
WN aq paint.

20 comments:

  1. I like your ballet shoes and Happy Endings. The lighting is great on the ballet shoes.

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  2. Love how you did the washes Pat, and like that you were able to bring it together with the Book Challenge.

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  3. I love this painting, I agree with Liana, the light is great! I like the purple shadows! xx Judy

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  4. Thanks, Lianna! welcome to my blog :) xx

    Thank you, Ann. I'm quite happy with the washes and the overall effect. xx

    Thanks, Judy. Glad you love it. I'm partial to a bit of purple shadow :) xx

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  5. So poetic, you couldn't have done better choice, Pat! Ballerina shoes are beautiful and so is your painting. Wish you a happy week, xx

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  6. Just one word. Beautiful..

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  7. Pat this is a subject dear to my own heart as I used to be a dancer.
    I have always thought of painting ballet shoes but never got around to it. You have done a beautiful job! :0)

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  8. Beautifully done, don't know what it is about ballet shoes but they seem to speak of dreams and hard work, dreamy but worn. Love it

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  9. Hola Pat. Un delicioso relato para una maravillosas zapatillas de ballet. ¡Un abrazo!

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  10. I think you chose a very interesting subject for the book challenge. I admit, I do love that purple shadowing. :)

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  11. Very lovely ballerina shoes! Good nuances...Arianna

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  12. very nice job, Pat. I like the delicate touch you used. My daughter loooves to read. I can't pull her away from books! Have you always loved reading, or did you not like it as much when you were younger?

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  13. Just lovely! (And the story behind it!)

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  14. Hello dear Pat and Missy!
    I love your painting of the ballet shoes.
    What little girl doesn't dream of being a ballet dancer when they grow up. I did. LOL!
    Hugs xx

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  15. Thanks, everyone! So glad you liked the ballet shoes. I had fun painting them.

    and I've always been a reader. Started at about four years old and never stopped :) xx

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  16. Lovely! Great color and nice subject.

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  17. I love this painting Pat,great blending of your colours! :)

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  18. I was in a book challenge blog too, for quilts. It never went anywhere but I loved the concept. I might just have to make my own challenges that way.

    This book sounds like something I would like.

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