A few years back, in midtown Manhattan, I was taking tango lessons from Musa. What I learned from dancing was- it is a lot like painting. When you push the floor with your feet, it is the same movement of the pushing of the brush against the canvas. They both use friction to make the movement.
Kline was painter. He understood movement. You can see by the energy in his work, he took huge chances with his brush strokes. His massive strokes of paint must have been done with a forty five dollar large brush that would later take an hour to clean.
Here in this tango video, Musa and I must have danced a good 400 hours to get to the quality of these dance steps. The small circles of movement by the toes, the tango wraps, the kicks and the WALK are all brush strokes in my world. Pushing, sweeping, gliding, and listening are the elements for not a good brush stroke but a fantastic brush stroke. The same for the dance step, you can take a halfhearted step or you can take a large, broad step. It is in the detail of quality of the movement.
Painting on this peak in the sky the only thing higher are airplanes. The paintings done here are almost at the top of the mountain. Due to the commercial feel at the top I found it best to paint slightly below the top of the mountain. The clouds acting like curtains make circular compositions showing the sky or mountain behind them. What surprises. Some tidbits about the mountain-
”The mountain pushed us off her knees.
And now her lap is full of trees.”
Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. “The Birthplace.”
Before European settlers arrived, the mountain was known as Agiocochook, or “Home of the Great Spirit”.
In this group of photographs I am painting the mountains and field pink as a study of the other 99% of the mountain that we cannot see with our senses. The painting is called Von Great. The dress is a garden dress for the 1950’s.The photographs are done by Joe Klementovich.
More of his work can be seen at his site http://www.klementovichphoto.com/
His mission statement is to develop fantastic story telling high end photography.