Egg tempera on gesso panel, 18 x 24"
Slow Dance is my homage to the artist whose work inspired me to transition to egg tempera after more than 30 years of working in oil paint. George Tooker painted several exceptional works featuring Chinese-style paper lanterns. In addition to pink lanterns, this composition features unusual human and animal riverside behavior - couples slow dancing and cormorants drying out their wings. It turned out to be a composition in pink and blue, with the lantern light casting a rosy glow on the dancers' faces. I was also influenced by the many outdoor activities folks engaged in to remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021.