Reboot!!! I am starting this blog over!

Hello Creative Crafters, Designers and anyone who likes to look at inspiring images!

I started this blog a couple of years ago but only posted a few times.  I decided it was time to start over.

My mother started me crafting at an early age and I have created ever since.  I have dabbled in drawing, painting, cross-stitching, paper crafts but my real passion is making jewelry.  I mostly make beaded jewelry(stringing and weaving) but recently started metalworking.  I am still learning.

I hope to post one or two pictures of my art work in all future blogs with a review of my work process for each but for now I will just leave you with a work by a master that has always inspired me and makes me smile.

The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen Years by Edgar Degas.

 I first saw The Little Dancer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, while in college.  We picked a piece of art and were asked to sketch it.  I fell in love with her immediately.

The following introduces an analysis of the piece wrote for a class assignment:

Edgar Degas sculpted The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen Years in 1878-81 during the Impressionist period.  He exhibited it in a glass case at the Sixth Impressionist Exposition of 1881 in Paris and is the only sculpture he ever exhibited.  It depicts a young ballerina in the classical resting pose or fourth position.

The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen Years, from now on called The Little Dancer, is a sculpture originally of tinted wax.  It has since been cast in bronze or plaster and painted to resemble the wax sculpture for museums and collectors.  It stands about 38 inches high.  Her body ranges in color from deep brown at her feet,  bronze on her face and honey brown on her arms.

Degas used fine lines and broad strokes of wax to depict her hair and to make her bangs though she originally had a wig of real hair covered in wax to make it more a part of the sculpture.   She was given an almost defiant look with her head tilted back and  her chin thrust forward.  Her closed eyes and pert nose help to stress this.  A large, ivory, bow of satin ribbon decorates her loose, flowing ponytail just below the nape of her neck.  She wears a bodice of yellow , a gauze thigh length tutu tucked under the bodice and red ballet slippers.

Originally, The Little Dancer’s hair was in a tight coiled tail like those in Egyptian sculptures.   A green ribbon bow decorated the coil with a matching ribbon tied at her neck.  Her bodice and slippers were originally made of rough fabric lightly covered in tinted wax so the texture of the fabric was still visible.  The bodice and slippers were yellow and red in that order.   The tutu would have originally been fuller and knee-length as was the style of ballet costumes at the time.

That is one thing that inspires me.  What inspires you?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Until next time, keep creating!

Mardee

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