Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hold Me Closer Tony Danza

12x12 acrylic on stretched canvas (click to enlarge)

I thought that ballerinas would be a fun subject to paint. There are interesting positions and fun costumes to work with. After exploring the subject with some sketches, I settled on this pose. I was trying very hard to use a white tutu on the little dancer, but it just would not work. Finally I tried painting it pink and BAM... it worked. I just needed a darker value to make it pop. 

While I was painting on this Tiny Dancer, the misheard lyrics to Elton John's song kept running through my head:

Hold me closer Tony Danza
count the head lice on the highwaaaaay...

Tiny Dancer is painted on a stretched canvas that is 1.5 inches deep. No frame is needed. It would look great hanging in a little girl's bedroom.

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