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Dance Movement 2 By Joanna Commings


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Joanna Commings
Dance Movement 2
Original Abstract Figure Painting
Acrylics and wax crayon on paper
87 x 60 cm
(Please note that in situ images are purely an indication of how a piece may look).

I used to attend a life drawing group where each week a different model would adopt a series of short poses for the group to capture in pencil or charcoal – the limited time of each pose ruled out the use of paint. Some models were static, some moving – one a continually gyrating ballet dancer! This is a compilation of images drawn directly in one session. Although some poses express the energy, and dynamism of continuous movement, overall there is more a feeling of stretching and bending, in a leisurely and relaxed fashion. None of the poses lasted more than 5 minutes, so no time for detail in your haste to record the basic shape of the stance before you. I used wax crayons, as well as pencil because I wanted to express the pressure of the need for speed, to capture the essence before the image changed. I added the painted colour at a later date to set the figures in a background to give them context.

Size: H:60 cm x W:87 cm

Joanna Commings artist sells her wonderful artworks online with Wychwood Art and in their contemporary gallery. Joanna says: "I was born in London. My father was an artist and I began painting and drawing from a very early age. At first my main interest was in life drawing and portraiture, which I still enjoy, but my love of landscape really began after a move to Cornwall in 2002. I saw moody, dramatic, scenery and became determined to try to express a response to it in paint. A move to Somerset in 2015 has shown me a calmer, more reflective, but equally engrossing, environment. What interests me is the effect of varying light levels, weather and seasons on the landscape. I try, through using colour as emotively as possible, to create a dramatic narrative and provoke a response. I work mainly in acrylics, which I love for their versatility, on canvas, watercolour paper or board. I am an Associate of the South West Academy and my work is exhibited at galleries in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Hampshire." To discuss works by Rupert Aker please contact director, Deborah Allan at, or call 07799 535765 / 01869 338155.

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