Saturday, 23 October 2010

Racing in the anticipation of a dream


“Behind closed eyes, colors fade and blend into beautiful new creations. Fate is left at the shaking hands of our imaginations. Places new and amazing, faces remain unseen. How, then, does our heart feel as if racing in the anticipation of a dream?”

Anon

I'm not sure what you should look at first today. My initial sketch, the finished version or the breathtaking spectacle that is Vincent & Flavia's Argentine Tango in the clip at the bottom of this post. I think you should certainly have the sensual musical accompaniment, for this piece most certainly is infused with liberal does of Latin passion.

I've been pondering this quote for all day, for when I was searching for inspiration for the Illustration Friday 'racing' theme, it leapt out of google at me leaving the most intriguing sketch in my mind. As I cycled round the reservoir and mixed a little spice for my Thai meal, I've been soaking up what it means and allowed the Muse to flick through my books and magazines and delve into my art boxes and see what she could find. It turns out that she simply had to turn on the television and watch a bit of Strictly...

Flavia stands at the edge of the dance floor and closes her eyes. The music begins and the hypnotic notes course through her blood and begin their control of her feet. But not just yet. She waits and sees the colour of the dance floor in her imagination, feels the movement with the beating of her racing heart and the passion, yes the passion calls her and she is ready. Her eyes open into the dark stare of Vincent's and she steps onto the floor...





Phew, I feel quite flushed after all that. Be still my beating heart!
So, we have here a finished version for Illustration Friday and a half way sketch (while she figured out the choreography) for Sunday Sketches. I would also like to give a nod to the generous Tam from Willowing whose instruction this week on her free art course helped me inject a bit of depth into the background.

37 comments:

  1. wow she is so gorgeous!!!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  2. Wow!!! This is simply gorgeous! Loving the colours and the background and depth, I love that her eyes are closed and that flower in her hair is lovely! Great piece and great words to accompany them! heheh I'm all flushed now too ;0)

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  3. Wow is right lisa!!! I love her and see some new techniques here as well. Your style is always so dreamy and I love that. Sorry to have been so absent lately - likely to last a little longer, but had to pop by to see what you have been up to and say hi!

    Fabulous work!

    Smiles

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  4. She is beautiful! Your work is evolving so beautifully. I love it. Sorry I've been away from blogging. Not sure when I'll get back into the swing of things again. I saw this on facebook so had to comment. I love your new blog look too. forgive me if it's not new. Hope your having a wonderful weekend.

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  5. The sketch, the final picture and the video were all gorgeous and steamy.

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  6. wowy, zowy! your painting is hot and so was the dance! thanks for sharing you beautiful woman!
    have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  7. Wow..I really love this creation..she is serene beauty and empowerment come to life...i feel the feeling flight yet powerful stillness..a very powerful piece Lisa! She is beautiful!
    Hugs
    Victoria~

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  8. Lisa, she is VERY beautiful! Wow....now THIS one is my favourite of all your artwork, yet. SUPER great job. :) Hugs!

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  9. Beautiful, I love her expression and as always, I love the way you did your background! For me, also, I really liked hearing about your creative process- I find it so intriguing to hear the "back story" of a piece, and this is no exception!

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  10. Very beautiful, love image and background.
    Have a nice sunday,
    hugs Anja from germany

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  11. I would love to be able to dance like that!

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  12. Oh so beautiful Lisa--all of it!!

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  13. Lisa, she is beautiful! And I agree with you - that background is lush! Tam's course is wonderful, isn't it? Over 1000 people now... thanks for your comments on my first portrait too - very encouraging! xx

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  14. She's so Beautiful and I love that background too.

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  15. oh wow, she's beautiful...i do so love the background - Tam's class looks like so much fun. also, i do love the quote...really a good one! xxoo

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  16. Gorgeous! There is so much passion in her face. I love how you seem to use the reds to indicate the flush of a cheek or the 'racing heart.' Truly great sketch as well. Equally enticing. It is hard to get as much liveliness from sketch to finished piece, but you do it well.

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  17. Lisa, your lady definately came out of this tango,she is passionate like the dance i saw!!
    Wonderful sketch!!

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  18. A lovely girl, Lisa! She is quite beautiful. I loved the video. To be able to dance like that. We must be thinking along the same lines because I had began a sketch of a flamenco dancer. Love those little hearts. They just add alittle something.

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  19. She turned out magnificently Lisa! Gorgeous!! I love the sketch and the painting even more - they are beautiful!

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  20. I love the way that you choreographed this posting. The story, the beautiful girl with textured background, and last but not least, the Tango are all divine. Latin music is my favorite. I've only been to a Tango dance once in my life. It was in Perugia, Italy. I will never forget being twirled around the floor by the handsome (short) Italian man.

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  21. she's dreamy, I like the textures and colors of the final

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  22. I love this passion infused post... the drawing & painting, the words, the dancing video... Wonderful!

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  23. She is gorgeous!! So much emotion and depth. I really love the way you did the background! :) ~Lauren

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  24. She is beautiful, Lisa! Congrats again! I just replied to your sweet email. I'll be sending the mini album out shortly. :)

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  25. oh wow wow and wow...this is so beautiful Lisa!!! what a great piece and so neat to see he in stages....

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  26. nice. i love the textures to the background....it makes the girl pop...

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  27. Oh my, Oh my! Your painting is truly exquisite, your preparation sketch show's such talent and your writing has left me gasping for more! What can I say dahling? Nine, nine and nine!

    Did I sound like a strictly judge? No? Oh dear LOL!

    Great stuff as usual Lisa

    |Ro xx

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  28. I'm a new follower from sunday sketches. I love your lady, very etherial. Have a great upcoming week.
    Best,
    Jenn from justaddwatersilly.com

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  29. Thanks for stopping by!! I love this piece, you're so talented with pen AND brush!! BRAVO!

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  30. Awesome piece, Lisa! Love her closed eyes.

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  31. Lisa, This is one of the beautiful reasons I am loving Sunday Sketches. It is a unique opportunity to see the talent and the beautiful inspirations of people like you. I love your piece. It is so vibrant. Is that an hibiscus flower? I make ceramic "windows" with a mother and child and I love to add an hibiscus flower to the hair as the one you painted. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful week!

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  32. This is a particularly beautiful piece- she is so dreamy and gentle. So amazing to see the sketch and how she fleshes out. Your talent is awesome!

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  33. Hello Lisa! I see plenty of "wow" at the beginning of the comments and so rightly put too! How passionate this image is! I love every little detail you put in it, but I mostly love the content look on her face...dreamy. (^_^)

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  34. So beautiful and dreamy, I love the textures going on in this piece and the colours are just wonderful. Everything from her lovely red lips to her sweet eyelashes is just fantastic, nice work!

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  35. they are both wonderful, I love the feeling in this piece. Thank you also for the dance... umm

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