I put all my painted images that I had not printed onto a storage hard drive during extensive house renovations. The external hard drive failed. When I inquired about the costs involved in rescue and code retrieval on this inaccessible hard drive, I was told the costs start at $1,500.00. This event caused me great woe. I decided that I must invest next in a printer that can handle large format fine art printing –as I would in the future probably find myself in the same boat sinking. I should have printed and finished so many instead of focusing on archival storage of virtual images. Each took me about 40 hours to create. Below are a few that survived in different formats from a more recent series I’d been working on. They are the only ones that I will see in print. The rest, since 2003, I’ll never see again.
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Hoop Dancer – Teddy Anderson
Teddy Anderson entertained (dancer) and educated (story teller) a mixed crowd during his hoop dancing event in Chase, BC, summer 2013. To date, three paintings were created, a result from that inspiring performance: “Hoop Moves”, “Horse”, and “Many Hoops”.
A finished print, “Many Hoops” was donated to the Village of Chase. After it was framed, “Many Hoops” became an exchange gift from Chase Village by Councillor Alison Maki, gifted to Patrick from the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 28, 2015.
Author Jodi Picoult in her book “Vanishing Acts” gives an apt description of the hoop dance from the following excerpt:
…he begins to move. He taps forward with his right foot, then his left, and in the instant it takes to blink he kicks up the first hoop and holds it in his hand.
He does the same with the other four hoops, and then begins to make them extensions of his body. He steps through two and lines the remaining three up in a vertical line, then snaps the top ones open and shut in a massive jaw. Still moving his feet, he dances out of the hoops and fans all five across the breadth of hts shoulders to turn himself into an eagle. He morphs from a rodeo horse to a serpent to a butterfly. Then he twists the hoops together, an Atlas building his burden, and spins this three-dimensional sphere out into the center of the performance ring….
Eagle Dancer – Ernie Philip
During the Skwlax Pow Wow 2013, Ernie Philip performed the Eagle Dance before an awed crowd. I wonder when he started out if he had an inkling that he would dance on two continents and dance throughout his lifetime and bring competition and dance education to so many? (Click thumbnails to enlarge painting)
Ernie Phillip’s website is at http://www.erniedancingbear.ca/
Traditional Shawl Dancer
With shawl and eagle fan traditional dancer with shawl, quietly and smoothly moves around the circle. Skwlax 2013 powwow.(Click thumbnail to enlarge painting)
There was something about the textures with this arresting man in his regalia. The 2nd image below made me think of Master portraitist G. Boldini’s elegant works with motion. It was this image that got me thinking about later images and their development in a series.
I have had great fun adding beads to regalia with the help of Tribal Beads and Weaves Brushes, which were custom made by David Gell.(Click thumbnail to enlarge painting)
A painting based loosely on a photograph of a fancy dancer made during the 2013 Skwlax powwow. His regalia reminded me of an elegant, “dressed to the nines” man, about to step out for an afternoon stroll. This is the second of Bodini-like paintings for me…an experiment that departs from portrait realism.
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A recent powwow dancer painting from a 2013 Skwlax Powwow photo I had made at the arbor. (Click thumbnail to enlarge painting)
Fancy Dancer Painting
This is a photo, rediscovered in my 2007 archive and it says “isadore” – Skwlax powwow. The brushes and paint were used in an ongoing experiment where I create a Bodini-like portrait figure from a photo. (G. Bodini was called “Master of Swish”. I love that.) (click thumbnail to enlarge photo)