Dancer in White

I was sorting through some scraps and happened to notice one in particular. It had a really nice oval shape of torn paper left on it….

Sometimes, your trash can be so inspiring!

I found an old sketch of a dancer on vellum. We did a unit years ago on the Impressionists and I had drawn this when we were studying Degas’ dancers.

I cut her out and she fit nicely on the page…

Now for the fun part! I was cutting pages out of a book (one of those wierd things mixed-media artists do) and I came across these two illustrations.  The textures in the drawings are what caught my eye.

Cut out in sections, these penciled textures looked perfect under the dancer, just peeking through and giving the illusion of fabric.

And for the hair..

This part of one of the illustrations looked just like a crown to me…

I just kept playing around with these materials for a while until I like the result. I also added some little white flowers…

Beautiful quote about dance…

Have a beautiful week!


  1. Well, of course you did! Who else could come up with that! Brilliant concept and vision. I love that you added the paper under your vellum drawing and how you ended up with such and elegant piece. Bravo! xoxo

  2. You and your scraps! Just beautiful!

  3. I love the flow and grace of this piece~ The movement is perfect for her dress, so expressive. I love all the elements and the music near and dear to her heart~ She is dazzling n’ graceful! Well Done!!! Love it~

  4. That was a lovely process to watch frame after frame, too arrive at that final product, and marvel at it’s beauty!! Love you baby!!

  5. This is very clever! Love the finished piece.
    Thank you so much for your visit and for your lovely note.

  6. Hi Scarlett .. just so creative – wonderful to follow through and see – they’re beautiful .. have a lovely week – Hilary

  7. Thank you for stopping by “from the heart”. I am interested in the art show at the church you are participating in. Someone contacted me about starting an arts ministry at our church- we were thinking about starting it off with a “gallery night”.
    Your little ones are beautiful, I love the puppet stage you made. I home schooled our first three children- now 23, 21,17 and we adopted number 4 . After a year home we have both learned SO much together.
    Beautiful piece. I love your style. Ive had dancers on the brain since buying little things for her to start dance lessons, remembering all those years with big sister. You should start linking up on Fridays with studio RJU. Check our my blog for the link. hugs.

    • @Anna –Hi there, thanks for stopping by. The church holds an exhibit 4 times a year, 3 with a specific theme and one retrospective (anything you’ve completed over the last 12 months or so). The one in the fall, coming up, is the “big” one, it’s the only one where they have an opening reception with live jazz trio, refreshments, art tutorials for the children, 4″ x 6″ giveaways of original art and it’s definitely well attended. It’s really fun!! Thank you so much for your encouragement, I appreciate it. Oh, I just love little girls and their dance lessons!! My oldest (now 16) took for 7 years and when she decided to stop I was heart-broken! I’ll be over to visit soon, thanks so much, hope you can come again!

  8. Oh she is beautiful! I adore that you share the step by step and what you are thinking. You have a generous spirit and it shows.

  9. Pure, light and lovely…looking at this piece feels calming, thank you.

  10. So creative, I loved seeing your process.

  11. That looks absolutely amazing. You are so talented. I love the effect of the drawings under the dancer.

  12. Love the way you have recycled to make a stunning piece of art – adore it!

  13. So beautiful…thank you for showing us the process…amazing what a piece of trash can inspire.
    Thank you for visiting my blog the other day…your blog is glad to have found you. Happy day to you.

  14. your shared inspiration goes a long way – thanks for sharing the steps and your thoughts along the way.

  15. You’re so creative! i love this dancer so much, and that image behind the vellum…gorgeous!

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