For collectors of my art my ballet paintings are now being exhibited at The Albany Gallery Christmas Exhibition until Dec 31st. Its a great show and well worth a look. http://www.albanygallery.com/.
It was also lovely to meet Opera Star and Welsh Singing Sensation Bryn Terfel!
I taught a great class inspired by Georgia O Keefe. Such was her love of nature and flowers that she tended to focus in on them and fill up the whole paper. Using watercolour all the classes were given my photo (below right) that I took of a bowl of fruit and also shown O'Keefe's paintings including the one below left. Then taking two L Shaped pieces of paper selected a segment of the photo that they wanted to paint. I used this exercise to look at composition and watercolour techniques. I also advised to add little bit of linear ink on the plate which adds a good contrast! You can see the wide variety of paintings that were produced. They all look very sumptuous!
Two of my Crimson Paintings are in The Little Picture Show in The Albany Gallery, Albany Rd, Cardiff.
Exhibition on until April 23rd
The Little Picture Show Exhibition
The Albany Gallery was established in 1965 and is recognised as one of Wales' most successful and long-established privately owned commercial art galleries. The monthly exhibition programme of leading Welsh & British artists provides a showcase for solo and group exhibitions in a variety of media.
Exhibitors include Royal Academicians, members of the New English Art Club, The Society of Women Artists, The Royal Cambrian Academy.
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 11am - 4+4
New ballerina painting of Anastasia Stashkevich Bolshoi Principal Dancer in La Corsaire, The Russian Icons Gala, London Coliseum. Pastel painting by Zoe James-Williams. A prima ballerina painted in Pastel and Japanese paper on Slate Grey pastel paper. For enquiries please contact me on info@zoejameswilliams
Delighted to be attending the dress rehearsal for the Ava Maya Ballet Gala in memory of Maya Plisetskaya. An amazing line up of some of the worlds leading ballet dancers. A real treat and so inspiring. Can't wait to start painting. It was great to relax and enjoy the actual performance as well especially seeing the fireworks from the male dancers. Amazing.
Celebrating #PaintedLovers for #ValentinesDay with The National Gallery #TheEmbrace by #ZoeJamesWilliams Figurative Artist.
I will be posting a painting of lovers each day up to Valentines Day.
Lovely Christmas lunches with all my art classes at The SA3 Bistro in Mumbles. Great Food and Lovely Company!!
Mara Galeazzi, AMAZING Ballerina and former Prima Ballerina with The Royal Ballet invited me to The Royal Opera House to paint her whilst rehearsing for two dances. One new beautiful PDD Alta Stare choreographed by Tim Podesta and a Wayne McGregor piece taught by Alistair Vareecken for Hatch House with the " Covent Garden Dance Company" on the 17-18 July. I love this part of my work when I get to see such beauty in motion. Only by seeing a dancer perform in person can you truly capture their essence on paper. A real privilege, Thankyou Mara xx
I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to the dress rehearsal of the show On Before starring the legendary ballet dancer Carlos Acosta so that I may capture him for my paintings. A mix of contemporary dance that perfectly showed off his dancing prowess, the show was an inspiration and I am looking forward to creating a series of striking paintings capturing him in motion.
Carlos Acosta is principal dancer and choreographer with The Royal Ballet and has been a guest dancer all over the world including with The Bolshoi. He is the true Renaissance Man, ballet dancer, choreographer, actor and best selling writer. His biography, No Way Home is his extraordinary journey growing up in Cuba to becoming an international ballet star. Its a must read.
While watching him in the empty auditorium as he and his partner Royal Ballet Prima Ballerina Zenaida Yanowsky went through their steps I knew there is nothing like see the live performance, the sweat and the work that goes into each dance and also the relaxed moments that the audience does not get to see. This privileged position enables me to capture the ballet dancer in their true essence.
Lovely evening at the opening of The Summer Exhibition.
#BallerinaPaintings #IanaSalenko #AlbanyGallery #WelshArt#FigurativeArt #PrimaBallerina
Author Zoe James-Williams
Contemporary figurative artist with a love for ballet and theatre.