Well, I’ve started work on the second painting of this project. This one is also based on the time I spent with the Balleteatro Nacional in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Among the many things that fascinated me were the shoes, with their sashes and an apparent import to tying them correctly. That’s what inspires this painting. I am including an image of the gestural drawing done during my session with the troupe, and the resulting underpainting. I actually did the underpainting over another painting I had started but didn’t like so I put it aside. I needed a long, narrow canvas for the correct format for this piece, and when I looked at the half finished painting, the lines in it reminded me of the sashes and the criss-crossing way they’re tied. Sooooo…. the work begins.