My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let yourself go…

Dance, in all its varied forms, offers a rich source of figurative material for the artist.  To borrow from the lyrics of Irvin Berlin, it invites you to let yourself go.  Gone are the restraints and inhibitions of the dull work-a-day world.   This is the human body all loosened up and throwing discretion to the wind.

Like Toulouse-Lautrec, I have sketched contorted bodies in some of the seediest dance halls and, like Degas; I have worked with the ballet.   At three in the morning, I have painted by flashing nightclub strobe lights and squinted in the noonday sun at Carnival.  

The first sketch is of a “Rave” and the second, of the Northern Ballet Company in rehearsal.  I found the two extremes within a few hundred yards of each other in the city of Leeds.

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