Thursday, March 11, 2010

FLAMENCO SERIES I, Oil on Canvas Board, 8" x 8", 2010

This is a new series I'll be embarking on. My goal is to experiment with movement, texture, mood, energy, vitality and emotion-all of which would be the highlights in this series of drawings and paintings.



The inspiration for this series has come from Brian's St Louis Drawing Blog. He had an interesting post on a Flamenco dancer, Beth Steinbrenner to not only model for them but also dance while modelling. Now that's a great opportunity! I asked Brian if I could produce a series of drawings and paintings from this video clip and he agreed.



Detail of FLAMENCO I



This is the first of the series and I did this in oil with an impasto-flick technique. I tried to keep it all a bit abstract because that's the feel a dancer would have before one's eyes in motion, nothing is really clear. But I hope to add more variety of pose and media in the upcoming ones.

Hope to keep this series going and also another one on ballet dancers soon. I'll keep you updated.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Love the texture and color...really captures the spirit and excitement of the dance! Can't wait to see more of the series.

Kaylyn said...

Brilliant! I look forward to seeing the series progress!

Caroline Bray Art said...

I was doing exactly the same thing today! And aiming for the same features, movement, etc. It's so great to find an artist doing a similar thing and I'll def be taking your take on the subject into consideration when I paint. I think the impasto technique works very well and I love the angle you've chosen. I can just imagine her foot being dramatically thrust onto the floor and banging a passionate rhythm. Excellent work. Looking forward to seeing more!

adebanji said...

Thanks Kaylyn!

Wow! Caroline, this sounds great! I am happy you are taking on the same subject. I'll love to see your results too!

Brian said...

That is quite the work you have created! I'm very proud to see that someone from a distance has joined in the fun we had. The tones are sumptuous and the motion a remarkable study. It shows that we can use such reference as a departure point for some great work. Beautiful! Kind thank you to you.

I am going to have to repost a bit about this on our blog!

-Brian

adebanji said...

Thanks Brian, this is a series that I am really passionate about and I can't wait to get them going. I plan to have a least 15 shots at it!
Thanks for sharing and permitting me to get this going.

JRonson said...

perfect colors !!

L.Holm said...

Wow! Am looking forward to this new series. Dynamic!

adebanji said...

Thanks JRonson and Liz!

adebanji said...

Thanks Michelle, it's surprising how your comment just arrived today!