The passion flower is a flower that grows on a vine and in Florida we have a native plant version.
It grows all over our back fence since it was given to us by a friend and I always thought how it looked like a dancer. So, here is my flower dancer!
I have worked on this painting on and off for over a year. I put it away for awhile because I painted every detail of the flower and it looked stagnant. So then I painted over the petals leaving out details, blurring them and really moving them!
Last month, a woman wrote me an email asking if I sold the painting! Having recently finished, I told her no. She said she had been googling to find a painting of a passionflower that looks like a dancer since that is how she remembered it from her childhood!
It is so wonderful to have sold this painting to somebody who had such heartfelt feelings about the flower and saw it in the same way as I did. The internet connected us so serendipity can still happen on the web!
Music and dance have been muses to me as long as I can remember. Part of the joy of painting is moving the brush in rhythm to the music. Moving back and forth away from the canvas and feeling the flow of where the painting is going. Having taken bellydance classes and even taught a few, the movement of the body to rhythm, can help connect the mind to that primal place of healing and connection.
Here I challenged myself to paint in black and white as I usually get off on so much color! Working in black and white allows an artist to work in pure values and tones. This also has become a mixed media painting as I have added some papers, including music sheet bits and patterns from Morocco.