Monday, March 4, 2013

Before the Before the ballet...studying Degas ballerinas

Before the "Before the Ballet"
8 x 8
Oil on Board

The source for this painting was taken at the National Gallery of Art while perusing the paintings.  I happened upon this young woman studying this Degas piece as though she had a connection.  I often wonder why paintings resonate with one person or another.  Is she studying ballet and picturing herself?  Is she an aspiring artist studying technique?  She stayed put for an unusually long time...

This was painted as a donation for the 3rd Annual Exhibition Fundraiser at the The Target Gallery.   The Torpedo Factory in and the March of Dimes are teaming up to raise money for both organizations with their  3rd annual exhibition fundraiser March150.  The show includes 200 panels of artwork created by local artists, each only $150 (and only $100 the night of the Art Party on March 15th), and a free kids art activity on Sunday, March 10th.   You can see more details on their website .


  1. Wow, this is really nice Maria! Love that you put ballerinas in the painting! And the gesture of the figure is terrific! Love it!

  2. Lovely painting Maria. What I really like about it is how you have captured her body language and the fact that she really looks caught up in the moment. Just fab.

  3. jI love it when people get a figure right. Bravo, and lovely moment... who KNOWS what's going on inside her head!

  4. Really nice work Maria. The woman's languid posture is done so well!

  5. Beautiful work, Maria. She looks like she's enjoying the painting!!


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