Before the Dance in the blue dress
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Barbara Muir ©Looking forward and looking back. I love this
portrait part of the Dance series. The painting is of Sam's
high school friend Donelle, and I first posted it on
the night they were in their last school concert together.
Sam and Donelle went to Oakwood Collegiate, which
at the time had a magnificent music program. Both
of my sons are musical. Sam played the trumpet,
and sang in the school's production of Hair.
This painting of a young person on the very edge
of adult life was a theme for me for a few years.
I loved the tentative nature of teens emerging into their
twenties, and all of the decisions about where to go,
and what to study that happen then. Decisions on the
edge of major changes happen over and over in life, as
I've talked about a lot in my thoughts on The Month of
Change. In some ways we are always both Before the Dance,
and at the Dance of life.
Today we are on the verge of a new month, and one
quarter of the way through this exciting new year. It
has already been an amazing journey. Thanks for
joining me. And thanks Donelle for posing for this one a
while ago! I wish I had a better photo of the painting.
Have a getting ready to dance in your glorious life day.
Beautiful work, Barbara! She does seem about to spring forth; there's a lot of energy in her poise
Thank you so much Laura,
She was a super model -- and a talented and energetic young woman.
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