Small Escape Act

Houdini_long
Small Escape Act

Created as 7 panels, some available individually.

O-circus-girl-dancer
Small Escape Act – O

Oil painting on canvas, gold leaf, oil sticks
2010
9 x 12 inches

Intense colorful painting of young girl with feather plumes. I had just seen a fantastic film on Alice Neel and was sort of channeling her in this one. I love Alice Neel’s work, so direct, honest and vigorous.

Houdini_circus-portrait-dancer
Small Escape Act – H

Oil painting on canvas, gold leaf, oil sticks
2010
7 panels, each 9 x 12 inches

Pop art portrait of young girl in pink and turquoise.

I set out to play around and explore a different approach in each panel and this 7 panel format was just perfect for that. This juicy one was done mostly with a nice little wedge palette knife.

The letters spell Houdini, the great escape artist. The young dancer will soon be escaping from her childhood and slipping towards adulthood.

N-dancing-girl-feathers
Small Escape Act – N

Oil painting on canvas, gold leaf, oil sticks
2010
9 x 12 inches

Dancing girl with feathers in hair.

I-dancing-girl-with-headdress
Small Escape Act – I

Oil painting on canvas, gold leaf, oil sticks
2010
9 x 12 inches

Expressive oil painting of dancing girl with feather plumes on headdress.