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Lightness-portrait of Kirsty Martin, former principal ballerina of Australian Ballet by Paulina Kazarinov

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Lightness-portrait of Kirsty Martin, former principal ballerina of Australian Ballet by 


oil on canvas, 110X90cm, painted from life
I traveled to Melbourne to meet and paint her, the connection that was created between us was very unique and it was truly one of the most significant and emotional days of my life that inspired and moved me.
Kirsty Martin is a ballerina and a mother of two, a boy and a girl, who were born through her career of a principal ballerina of Australian Ballet. She retired last year at the age of 36.
I first saw her on stage performing Madame Butterfly in the Opera House in Sydney in 2011, beautiful, lightweight, emotional, luminous and breathtaking as no one else. I felt so captivated by that performance, so emotionally connected to her.
She is a great example of mother and artist, a role model for me. Her strong, bold personality affected me deeply, that’s when I decided that I wished to paint her portrait
On the portrait she seems to be floating on her chair with an apparent weightlessness and at any moment ready to leap to her feet and propel herself with dance.
Her reflected self in the background overlooks the world beyond the ballet studios, a different world of family, children and hobbies. It reflects the changes in her life, the reassessment and the decision making.

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  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS IS THE LIGHTING IN HER DREASS IS MAGNIFICENT YOU HAVE POAINTED THIS SO WELL . WHAT AN HONOUR MEETING HER ,HER BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT SHINES IN YOUR WORK lIZ

  • Thank you so much! Yes you are right it was a great honor!

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartalmost 3 years ago

    soooooooooooo lovely.

  • THANK YOU KINDLY!!!!

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoalmost 3 years ago

    beatifully created with an air of refineness and flair that sometimes can only be captured by a life portrait sitting…well executed portrait and tribute to a beautiful dancer… bravo dear

  • Thank you kindly for this beautiful comment! It was my entry for the Archibald prize this year, despite the fact that I’m not a finalist I’m grateful for being part of this event, and for painting and meeting her.

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • Zi-O
    Zi-Oalmost 3 years ago

    this one is so appealing on many different levels. :-)

  • Thank you very much!!!! Glad you think this way! :)

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 3 years ago

    you caught your own depths of feelings besides her beauty and accomplishments well dome paula

  • And you are so right, I fell in love with her…..you can’t ignore feelings, we sow love in our creations…..
    Thank you very much for commenting!

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...almost 3 years ago

    Great work, love how you have done this!!!

  • Thank you so much! I’m glad you like it! :)

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • Claudia Dingle
    Claudia Dinglealmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous play of light and shadow.

  • Thank you very much dear Claudia!

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 3 years ago

    17.3.12

    beautiful work .. many congrats on the feature

  • Wow! Thank you kindly!

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago


    March 18th, 2012
    SEE YOUR WORK IN THE PERMANENT FEATURED ART GALLERY
    SEE ONGOING CHALLENGES
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated
    Mary

  • Wow! Thank you kindly!

    – Paulina Kazarinov

  • Kittycat10
    Kittycat10almost 3 years ago

    GREAT WORK,CONGRATULACION ON YOUR FEATURE IN ARTISTS UNIVERSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you !!! :)

    – Paulina Kazarinov

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