|(WIP - A 12" segment of the 18x24 piece)|
Dance has to unfold with the grace of a tree.
Nothing so beautiful can be done in haste.
Pt. Birju Maharaj
Dance, in its broadest sense, is a physical acknowledgment of the rhythm of the universe and of our own lives.
Fantasy is a reality you can dance to.
I don't believe that those fanciful comparisons are the result of our imagination alone. What seems to be purely abstraction or fantasy, is simply derived from the realism of nature. The same patterns and shapes that exist in the natural world can be seen again and again in every living thing on the earth, and even in most manmade things, because we replicate those lines, colors, and forms that we find most beautiful. Our art, be it drawing, painting, music or dance, expresses those elements that we admire in the world around us.
That's what I was thinking when I first saw the tree who became my model and inspiration for this drawing. I wanted to express the idea that the arts imitate nature. Be it realism, fantasy, or abstract art... ballet, salsa, or hiphop dance... country, jazz or classical music... we find strong influences from the natural world in all the arts. I'm not sure that concept will come across in the finished drawing, however. It must just be deemed a work of imaginative fantasy, and that's okay too.
I've already strayed quite a bit from what I had planned in the rough draft. I'm thinking I need to do some major alterations to the dancing tree on the left still. There is only going to be one human in the drawing now, she'll be the focal point, as she studies the tree in awe.
I could use your help with finding a title for the piece. One that suggests the girl is learning about dancing from observing the trees around her. I'm thinking Apprentice (but that's a TV show), Understudy, Prima Donna, Lesssons, or Rehearsal...? What are some more ballet words?
"Art takes nature as its model." Aristotle