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Rhen Hanekom - "The Ballerina"
Oil on Canvas
W: 600mm x H: 510mm x D: 35mm
This work is framed (but can be supplied either framed or unframed)
From own cataloque
About "The Ballerina"
After seeing a painting of a ballerina by world renowned artist Vladimir Volegov, I just had to paint my own ballerina. After obtaining a photo, I dressed a friend in a tutu and experimented with light from different angels to get it perfect. I did this painting by combining a number of techniques including alla prima, but also adding layers of glazes to achieve a softness associated with ballet dancers. It took quite a while to finish this painting as in the original picture the dancer were not wearing any shoes, and there was only a stark white background. So a bit of imagination, creativity and trial and error was necessary to achieve the end result, which is a painting that I am proud of.
Like most people, I struggle with my inner critic. But I get an indescribable satisfaction from the act of creating a painting. I spend a lot of time with each canvas, trying to find the right expression of light in a journey of discovery, knowing that when I do manage to find it I'll create something special. An object of value. I enjoy the journey of discovery almost as much as the finished work and the appreciation expressed by others.
National exhibitions through Galeria Mama Mia in Bloubergstrand and private exhibitions in Melkbosstrand and Table View
National diploma in fine arts. Degree in Management Accounting