Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pointe slippers

I went to see "The Nutcracker" November 2016.  It was so magical.   To see these Ballerinas dancing on their toes was amazing!!  I can only imagine the incredible strength that they have to withstand their own weight on their toes... OUCH!! 
The Nutcracker is a must see...  I wanted to practice "color" so I painted this in oils... 

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  1. Wow zo mooi Hilda super gedaan lieve groetjes Daniëlle

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    1. Thank you so much Danielle! I'm so happy that you stopped by to comment!

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  2. Hilda, this is just amazing! So beautifully done!

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    1. thank you so much Chris!!! I appreciate such a nice comment!!

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  3. I love 'Nutcracker' and I think it is an ideal performance with which to introduce children to the ballet. Similarly, I could see prints of your painting on the walls of 1000s of fans. So graceful, beautifully painted and symbolic.

    Well done, Hilda, oil painting taken in your stride!

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    1. That's such a generous comment John...I was thinking of making prints...always an idea for a little girls room..I'm starting to enjoy the oils.

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  4. An amazing piece, love the subject and execution is perfect !

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    1. thank you so much Jane. It "was" a beautiful subject. I have many more of the ballet.. The girls are so beautiful with their costumes.

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  5. you are AMAZING artist and i loved watching your previous posts friend!

    i saw such dancing only on T.v and it seemed like a spiritual experience .

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    1. thank you so much for visiting my blog. I appreciate your very nice comment!! When you see the Ballerina's performing it was definitely magical...

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    1. thank you SO much Carol! I enjoyed painting these slippers.

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  7. This is lovely - so delicately handled! What fun to see you working in oils! Glad you saw "The Nutcracker" and now after the success with POINTE SLIPPERS, bet there will be more oils in your future. How nice that you can go back and forth with pastels and oil!

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    1. I did enjoy painting these slippers Rosemary.. it took awhile to match the colors of the slippers but I'm enjoying the oils more and more..The Nutcracker was absolutely wonderful!!

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  8. I think I am a suppressed ballerina as I always wanted to dance, but you know it requires coordination. I forgot to get in that line. These are lovely and the tension between delicate and strength is strongly told in this picture.

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    1. I think we all wanted to be the ballerina's wearing the pretty costumes...I never took dance but I think I would have loved it! I'm absolutely positive that I wouldn't have had the strength to do pointe dancing..lol

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  9. Great work Hilda, this is so simple yet touching!.

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    1. thank you so much Helen...a lovely comment! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  10. Precioso trabajo, veo la seda de las zapatillas en su brillo y la delicadeza de la bailarina en su pose. Muy bonito.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias Tina! Lo agradezco tu visita y tu comentario muy agradable!!
      un abrazo.

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  11. You really captured the silken shine of these ballet slippers, Hilda. I feel like I can reach out and touch them. Beautiful work!

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    1. Aww! thank you so much Darla. I appreciate your very kind words. This was a bit different for me but I enjoyed it.

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  12. Beautiful!!! I agree with Darla...you captured the shine on the ballet slippers so well!!

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    1. thank you so much Joan for stopping by and for leaving me such a nice comment....

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  13. Wow, a repeat of all the compliments above. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you SO much Jo!! You're so kind!! Enjoy your evening...

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  14. Oh, qué preciosidad. Cuanta sensibilidad en esta pose de ballet! Me encanta Hilda!
    Una excelente pintura.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Aprecio sus amables palabras Josh. Estoy disfrutando de pintura con aceites y la pintura de las zapatillas de ballet fue una delicia para un cambio. Un abrazo fuerte...

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  15. As beautiful and delicately painted as your wonderful portraits! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan! Such a generous comment which is SO appreciated. I value your words. Have a wonderful evening.

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  16. What gorgeous slippers, Hilda!!!

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  17. thank you so much my friend for stopping by to comment! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  18. Hi Hilda - love to see you working in oils and just look at the wonderful results - the slippers are AMAZING!
    You have captured the sheen of the ribbon in the light so perfectly. Good for you. You must be enjoying using oils to get such beautiful results.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie for your visit and beautiful comment. I truly enjoyed painting these slippers...actually, mixing the colors to get the perfect pink was so different than my pastels but finally got that perfect shade...just don't ask the colors I used...lol. I'm definitely enjoying my oils!!!

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  19. You have captured the delicate strength of a ballerina, beautiful work Hilda!!

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    1. Thank you so much Celia!! I'm so glad you liked this painting! You just made my day!!!

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  20. Hilda - this is just wonderful . I was not only drawn to the colors but love the composition. The reflection just adds to this perfect painting. So glad too that you got to enjoy the performance of the Nutcracker. I am certain that was a joy. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie! You just made my day with your comment! And I'm so glad I had the opportunity to see the Nutcracker.. It was a beautiful show! Have a wonderful Evening..

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  21. Hilda - this is lovely - you captured the satin of the shoes beautifully and that's not easy! And the position of the shoes is perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much Connie...I appreciate your very generous comment. I'm so happy you liked this painting!!!

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  22. Love this Hilda...well composed

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    1. Thank you so much Ash!!! Your comment means so much to me!!!

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  23. Incredible shapes in this painting. Very elegant. Love the glow of the satin ribbons and the reflections of the shoes on the stage floor. Masterful, Hilda!

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    1. Thank you so much Carol for stopping by to comment on my slippers. I really had fun with this one!!!! I have been thinking of you and hope you're recooperating nicely!!! Lots of hugs going your way!!!

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  24. Hola Hilda, me encanta tu obra llena de realismo y originalidad. Felicitaciones!!!

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  25. Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado mi pintura !! Muchisimas gracias por tu visita Mercedes. Lo agradezco!!!
    Un abrazo!!

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  26. A lovely focus on just the shoes says a lot about the dancer,feels like a video clip! Love the sheen on her shoes and lace, beautiful work Hilda!

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  27. Thank you SO much Padmaja for stopping by to comment! So appreciated. The shoes definitely caught my attention...I really like zooming on my subjects and cropping it...before painting them. Have a wonderful evening!!!

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  28. Hilda I LOVE this! It's a subject close to my heart as I used to be a dancer. These point shoes were very uncomfortable to wear though! My toes used to go numb!

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  29. Thank you so much Sandra for such a nice comment..SO appreciated!! My granddaughter wanted to do pointe but she wasn't strong enough....I absolutely loved the way these girls danced..I can watch them over and over...lol

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  30. Beautiful painting Hilda. I remember reading an article about ballerinas' feet - they end up ugly with bunions, black nails, broken toes etc., in such stark contrast with the beauty they present on the outside! They really do suffer for their art.

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  31. In that case. I'm glad I was never a ballerina!!! Lol
    I can definitely see these problems with these dancers... And I'm happy that my granddaughters feet are weak. However, they look so beautiful dancing...sigh!!! Thank you for stopping now by to comment...I appreciate it Sue!

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  32. Thank you so much Colette. I value your comment and happy that you stopped by!!!

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  33. Beautiful oil Hilda,intially i thought its a pastel

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  34. Thank you Anu!!! I was going to paint it in pastel but then I thought I would try it in oils...I really enjoyed the change. Glad you stopped by to comment.

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