Not Dancing

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There is something very peculiar about the feeling of this sketch. The woman is posed as if she might be dancing, but her face seems to be completely expressionless, and in a way, taunting.

My father was a very private man, and kept some very big secrets. For me, she seems to represent some sort of secret he was forced to keep, one that never sat down or kept still, but rather danced provocatively in front of his eyes, unable to give anything to him but a vision of something that could not be.

8 x 10, Ink and watercolor on paper.


8 Comments to “Not Dancing”  

  1. 1 Peter Bangs

    Just looked over after the write up on drawn, I have to say your father was an incredible artist. I’ve been drawing for just over 30 years myself and only now am I coming anywhere close to capturing an image in so few telling lines, as your father did. Not sure how bad his Alzheimers is but you can tell him there’s an artist in England who admires his work very much.

  2. 2 aw

    Thank you so much Peter. My father doens’t talk much anymore, but you never know what is getting through, so I will be sure an tell him. Thank you very much for your kind words. My mom will be very happy to hear them!

  3. 3 creative-Type Dad (Tony)

    I must say your dad is extremely talented. Being an artist myself, you’re father’s work is something I’ve always aspired to. Thank you for sharing.

  4. 4 Rick Malone

    Your father’s images bring tears to my eyes. They are touching and so expressive. You are a loving daughter to do this.

  5. 5 aw

    It was one of his few outlets…I’m looking forward to posting much more of his work!

  6. 6 Jim Cota

    AW,
    I came by your site today and was moved by both the artwork and your efforts. In fact, I’m not sure which I find more interesting… the artwork is clearly very good, but your comments bring it all to life in a distinct way. I posted on my blog about this project; I hope you don’t mind. In my post I wrote, “To me, it seems as if the process is opening doors for her to get to know, understand, and love her father even more.” I hope that rings true for you.

    Looking forward to seeing more.

    /Jim

  7. 7 aw

    Thanks, Jim. That means a lot to me. There has been much I have wanted to write about my father over the years. Perhaps this is a good outlet for me as well!

  8. 8 Felix Lim

    I agree with jim’s comment, your interpretations really completes the artwork. I love the simplicity on this one, its not photoreal but every element is intended and is exactly where it should be.
    Looking forward to seeing more.

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