“My Llanes painting is a pastel of a female dancer in motion, now sited above the mantelpiece in the library, taking pride of place.
The skirt is a diaphanous riot of oranges, whites and pinks; the arms thin and muscled, face deep in concentration and troubled dark background which adds to the sense of movement. It is as if she wants to jump down into the room and keep dancing.
I love this piece for two reasons. One is, it has a great sense of invitation to celebrate. I want to dance when I look at the picture. There is a beckoning quality that alters my mood and shouts, “even though you may not feel like it, you must find something to dance about!” So I invariably do. This dancer must have company.
The other reason is that the piece captures the challenging nature of great art. The dancer is caught up in ecstasy of the dance, yes, but there is also fear on her face, and the strain shows in her honed arms and posture. She has paid a great price to dance this well.
Gazing at the picture, it is as if I can feel the drops of her perspiration. Gifted she may be, but this beautiful dance is also the result of years of hard work, training and sacrifice. As a writer, this picture reminds me to put in the hard work, and not to be discouraged on those days when it is all perspiration, and no inspiration.
So thank you Cynthia. I bought the picture, but because it has the quality of great art, you also gave me a companion, a muse, a force field of action and comfort.”