Jumping for Joy

Dancing in the Heat

I was going to try male dancers but couldn’t resist this one. I just loved her curves and flying hair. My colours represent heat and passion. The cool colours on her clothes are for contrast against the warm background then I added splashes of yellows and orange on her to harmonize the image. I am quite happy with this as it is only small and looks really striking hanging at an angle like this on the wall. There is something quite peaceful about the round shape behind her. Overall  I am really happy with the design of this image.

Dancing in Ghana

Dancing in Ghana, Nov 2011

In Africa dances are used at nearly every social, cultural or religious event. Sometimes they tell the story of a people and other dances give moral “instructions” on how to live a good and harmonic life. This painting is inspired from a traditional dance I saw at our school’s international day the “exaggerated bottoms” are a very important part of this flirtatious yet entertaining dance.

It is hard to capture the movement with this dance as the moves are quiet grounded and the costumes don’t really fly in the air as they do with other dances, well that is from my observation anyway.

In this painting I used the background to lead the viewers’ attention to the back of the dancer, the circles represent the drum beats and colours are cooler because the moves seemed more grounded, calmer however the yellow represents the humour of the dance. The design on her dress is inspired from African textiles. I am planning to paint one more dance themed piece today to complete the set then I will try something else.

Rhythm of Africa

Rhythm of Africa, Nov 2011

I have decided to make today and tomorrow my painting days. My goal is to work on a dance series as I really want to capture my passions and interests here in Ghana. My first MAJOR passion being the music and dance which you really do see and hear nearly every day. In this piece I was wanting to use my brushstrokes and changing colours to represent the rhythm of the music. I chose these colours because for me they represent happiness and excitement. When I was painting this piece I played my favourite African music really loud and tried to capture how I felt. I hope you like it.