Saturday, April 29, 2023

International Dance Day and the Dance series

Before the Dance
Acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir © 

It's International Dance day and to celebrate Steven and I
danced in the kitchen. 

When my own children were in their teens, and and I was
teaching students on the edge of adulthood, I started a series
called Before the Dance. The young women who posed for
me have grown up into phenomenal adults, living 
exciting lives.

As for the painting.  It was at Seneca College, but as the
entire place has changed since I left 8 years ago, I don't
know where it is. (Yes -- that's a question for next week.)
What I love about the painting is it seems to capture the
anticipation young people have for being "in the dance,"
(grown up life), and their nervousness at getting out on the
dance floor.  I also love seeing my cat Simone (gone now)
who posed for the painting, and the cardinal -- one of my
favourite birds, and a bird that's at the feeder in our backyard
on a daily basis.

I hope you spent some time dancing today. I definitely

Have a loving your life day.

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