After the Dance
Acrylic on canvas and stretcher bars
10 by 10 inches (25.5 by 25.5 cm)
In my painting, After the Dance, I wanted to emphasize the dancer’s fatigue after her hard work. The structural composition I used is triangular. The triangle starts at the top of the dancer’s head and moves down and along each leg. When a triangle is resting on its base in the vertical position, it gives a painting more stability. The location at the top of a triangle attracts the viewers’ eyes. The dancer’s head resting on her arms is at the top of the triangle; this gives the head and arms more dominance in the painting. Although the dancer is resting her head and arms on the chair, her feet are in a pointed position. Her lower legs are vertically positioned. The positioning of her lower legs and feet, are more powerful. This contrasts with the resting head and arms and therefore, the differences between these areas would be heightened. A triangular structure that is not in a vertical position is less stable and more active.