Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dervish dance

Dervish dance, dry pastel on paper
At an old caravansary in Capadocia we attended an authentic Dervish ceremony. Photographing was not allowed, so I made a number of sketches during the beautiful dance of gentle movement and swirling white skirts. I have been planning to use these sketches as a reference for a painting, in which to capture the movement, but so far I didn't have a clear idea how to do that. Until a couple of days ago when I saw Lydie's pastel of a gymnast and it led me to the ArtTutor lesson on depicting movement.

I decided to try this in pastel first, as it is easiest to stick close to the lesson, even though I have no experience with pastels. I like the result, I think it has much movement in it and I think I know how this could turn into a watercolor too.

11 comments:

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

I like it very much! The movement is here and the felling that his shirt is flying is so strong. Great. Waiting for watercolor version.

Judy said...

Wow, great movement! Interested to see how you translate it to watercolor!

JANE MINTER said...

i saw lydie's pastel and the challenge ..this is wonderful blaga

Sonia Aguiar said...

Hola Blaga. Has realizado una pintura con gran movimiento y desenvoltura¡¡ Felicidades. Un abrazo.

Blaga said...

Thank you, Irina, Judy, Jane and Sonia! I'm very glad that you see the movement and approve of the result! I will see when I'll try a watercolor version, and if it is successful you'll definitely know :)

Rita Vaselli said...

Dear Blaga this pastel is already a beautiful work ... I wish you a wonderful watercolor! Bravissima!

Michael Bailey said...

Hi Blaga. A great feeling of whirling movement in this lovely pastel. Not sure how you will get this effect in watercolour but I will be very interested to see!

Tito said...

Hi Blaga, in my opinion you did a fantastic pastel, the movement is there and the dark background creates an incredible atmosphere. I like it!

renate said...

Hello Blaga:) How beautiful the colors are of pastel. Especially the white. Love the movement of the lady. You did a great job!

Sadami said...

Hi, Blaga,
I saw Lydie's work. Your work is brilliant. Capturing movement is fun. Your used technique is interesting. I'm learning lots from you!
Kind regards, Sadami

Lydie said...

Excellent Blaga ! Great movement, very beautiful.