January 20, 2013 by mamie
Completed Date: 1/14/12
Description: Ah . . . I’m finally moving along with my concentration pieces for AP Art. It really makes me realize how much more difficult it is to work without a reference or to start making my own references after coming up with my own exciting ideas. Without a doubt, I feel like this whole process will help me grow as an artist.
Anyhow, like my first piece in this series, I have designed this painting to highlight the moods and emotions created by dancers in a major, classic ballet. Here, bright Spanish dancers from Don Quixote swirl in the foreground while a windmill slowly turns in the distance. Instead of showing specific characters, I decided to capture some of the ballet’s major ideas, like passion and imagination. The capes whirl around the senorita while she kicks up her skirt and throws her shoulders back to create a whole new dimension in which the three dancers almost “lose themselves.” In the same way, Don Quixote from Cervante’s story loses his grasp on reality in his imagined world of chivalry with dragons in the form of windmills.
Recently, I’ve been watching Barishnikov’s verson of Don Quixote with ABT and loving it. All the amazingly high jumps and beautiful costumes and folk dances with fans are so inspiring, and it really brings me into that older world in Spain. The whole style of dancing reminds me of when I danced in the Chocolate/Spanish dance in The Nutcracker and how wonderful it felt to get into that haughty, flirtatious Spanish character. Sometime, I would definitely love to see the ballet Don Quixote in real life.