Tiny Dancer

Tara Lemana

Wellington, New Zealand

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Wow, this one was a bit of a journey! This started life as a photo of my beautiful little sister (Bubbler MerishaLucinde ) playing around in the back yard with my kids. I caught her in a pose that reminded me of a Spanish Flamenco dancer and just HAD to try to turn her into one. Only thing was – she was dressed in jeans, a woollen jumper and sneakers. So – first off, she needed a dress. I loathe using other people’s art to make my own so I did not want to take the easy way out by downloading a stock photo for the dress. I had nothing remotely like a the right type of dress to use so I ended up creating this one out of, I kid you not, 417 tiny layers of texture (my own resource, naturally) to create all the waves etc. HOURS and HOURS of work, but the end result was worth it, to my mind anyway. Then of course her hair style needed to be changed from a ponytail into a bun, and flowers needed to be added.
Then I decided that I wasn’t happy with the abstract background I had her in. Next followed a marathon of settings, again all using my own resources, to try her in, from beach scenes to perching on flower petals. Nothing was quite right.
This is what I decided on in the end. My only lament is that because she is tiny, much of the detail in the dress is lost. I hope you’ll view this large to get some idea of just how detailed the dress is, if only to humour me! :)))

All resources my own, taken with my Canon Powershot A480 point and shoot in the past month. Proudly New Zealand-Made!!! :)

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SOLD – Two greeting cards of this image, July 2009.
SOLD – One canvas of this image, Feb 2010.
SOLD – One card of this image, March 2010.

Featured in Art and Stories Made for Children, July 12, 2009.
Featured in The Beginners Corner July 12, 2009.
Placed 9th in the Art Of Photography Challenge for the First Things group, Aug 16, 2009.
Placed 6th in the Water Art challenge for the Rain Drops and Water Art group, Aug 2009.
Featured in All Original Fusion Sept 3, 2009.
Featured in The Dutch Connection Nov 11, 2009.
Featured in Inspired Art Nov 24, 2009.
Featured in The Dutch Connection Nov 24, 2009.
Featured in Solo Exhibition Jan 25, 2010.
*Featured in Layered With Texture Dec 21, 2010.

Featured in Green Sept 28, 2011.
Featured in High Quality Images Sept 28, 2011.
Featured in Freedom In Words And Art Sept 29, 2011.
Featured in Around The World Sept 30, 2011.

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