The Daily Art- The Dance

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Top of the day to ya!
And yes, this is my take on the famous Matisse painting “the dance”. It’s in Homage and it was a gift to myself to paint. I changed it a little, of course, it’s my own expression….and I wanted my girls to be forming a heart shape when they danced instead of a circle. I hope you enjoy.

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‘The Dance’
36″ x 24″
here are the quotes that I worked with while creating my own world:
Beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
There is a vitality,
a life force,
an energy,
a quickening
that is translated through you into action
and because there is only one you in all of time,
this expression is unique.
And if you block it,
it will never exist through
any other medium and it will be lost.
The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is
nor how valuable,
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to
keep it yours clearly and directly
to keep the channel open.
You do not have to believe in yourself
or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to
the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever,
at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction,
a blessed unrest
that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive
then the
Martha Graham
to Agnes de Mille
in “Dance to the Piper”
I love that!
So, I hope you enjoy…
Have a great day.
See you in the clearing.
The fine print:
‘The Dance’
36″x 24″
finished sides/ready to hang
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  1. Cynthia
    October 5, 2007

    I thought something looked familiar about this painting, and then I read your post below. I like your new painting- which has a very joyful feel to it.BTW, thanks for your comments on my blog!

  2. dinahmow
    October 6, 2007

    hmm…I think “fluid” is how I see the dancers. And I, too, love that Graham quote!

  3. HMBT
    October 6, 2007

    Thanks to both of you! I appreciate you so much for taking the time.I love the Graham quote too…it’s one of my favorites of all time. Have a great weekend both of youz!

  4. trish
    October 6, 2007

    I really love your new painting….a lot of spirit to it.

  5. dinahmow
    October 8, 2007

    me again…I finished the doll.

  6. bernardo
    October 9, 2007

    I did a remake of matisse dancers..good luckberny

  7. Pavel
    October 10, 2007

    OH, I loved this paining!I wish I could afford your work. Sigh…

  8. HMBT
    October 10, 2007

    Bernardo! Welcome to BAD! Kitty Blog…I do hope you’ll come back round soon. Thanks for your kind words!Pavel….sweetheart…I offer art-lay-a-way! See details at my web site…everyone can afford a BAD! Kitty! *wicked grins*

  9. jafabrit
    February 21, 2008

    What a lovely take on the painting, and a lovely energy, I want to be one of those women dancing 🙂

  10. badkittyartstudio
    February 21, 2008

    Me too Jafa! Me too. 🙂 Thanks.

  11. Kalliope Amorphous
    February 22, 2008

    I love this paintings sense of interconnected movement. The dance of love….”the only dance there is”.
    Also, this piece by Martha Graham is one I have never seen before and I am HUGELY touched and resonating with it. Wow. Absolute truth.

  12. Kris Cahill
    February 22, 2008

    I love this Martha Graham piece and have had it posted on my studio wall for years now. Your painting is gorgeous, nice job. the energy just flows here!


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