Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year…..Looking forward to 2016….and a new series of dance paintings!

Years ago, I did a series of ballet subject paintings.  It started with an illustration assignment for a book cover for one of the publishing companies I worked for in New York.  After completing the assignment, I got models, and shot a ton of reference for several ideas I had at the time....for personal paintings.  I eventually painted and sold all of those ballet paintings.

 "The Little Red Ballerinas", 8x10 oil on Panel

"Conceptual Study", Charcoal

9x12 Conceptual Study, oil on linen panel

 I haven’t painted one in some time until recently, during the Holidays.  This has rekindled my interest in the dance theme.  I think it would be fun to do a handful, or a dozen dance related subject paintings…..not only ballet, but other dance forms as well….might be interesting!  I have some ideas….just need to find the right models…..or dancers.  These are the first small things that are the catalyst for wanting to do more.  Stay tuned in 2016…..I will post them as I paint them.  Happy New Year! ....and, thanks for listening to my Cajun Ramblings!

Hodges Soileau  OPA


  1. The human form is always such an interesting challenge. Combined with the beautiful lines of a dancer's consciousness of how their body moves through space, it's definitely a worthy subject! I'll be looking forward to seeing the results.

    1. I am going to try and find real dancers if possible....might have to use models...but, that's alright. Thanks for the comment Theresa...and Happy New Year to you and yours!