Celestial Dancer III, 2012, 24"x30", 61cmx76cm, oils, acrylic inks on canvas.
Celestial Dancer III was finished, 7 years after it was begun, with slashes of permanent blue ink (two days ago, she is still fresh). She hangs on my living room wall, where already she has received compliments from visitors. I am fairly shocked, and delighted, that this painting is finished!
Finishing Celestial Dancer III in Toronto February 20, 2012.
On October 21, 2009, I wrote in my blog:
It was not easy to come back to this figure when I let her sit in storage and my rooms in Toronto & Vancouver unfinished for 5 years. With courage and force of will, I began to complete it. I tried an easel, which perhaps isn't my style in that I probably dance over the work as I am painting. A trip out to purchase 2 yards of thick clear plastic would protect my living room floor. I placed it on the floor, with a little prayer that neither my cat nor my dog would wander over the painting space, the canvas surface of wet oils, and shone a clamp lamp with a daylight bulb on the area. And then carefully laid the painting flat and wetted it and painted from the tube with fingers and washes with a large thick brush and oh solitary dramatics in an attempt to feel my way into the movement of the dance, her moment of stillness... she is graceful, beautiful, I don't know if that comes across. Hope so!
Brenda Clews - Celestial Dancer III - sketch, unfinished canvas. A collage I made in May 2009.
Celestial Dancer III in-progress: sketches from 2004, and a mad night painting in my small kitchen in the winter in Vancouver (January 2005).
Celestial Dancer III
Sketch on canvas (with sepia filter), 'B' pencil, 24"x30", 61cm x 76cm, 2004.
Loose sketches, 14" x 17", India ink, watercolour pencils on paper, 2004.
Brenda Clews - Celestial Dancer III - sketch on paper
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Brenda Clews - Celestial Dancer III - sketch on paper, 14" x 17", graphite and ball point pen (an after thought, and thankfully the ink has faded out). My brother had this drawing professionally framed and I have to admit, it looks good on the wall in his apartment.