Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The 80s


Little Alex - Watercolor / 7X5

I grew up in Detroit, a blue collar town. After my brother made a work-related move to Pittsburg, I visited often and really felt at home there because, I guess, Pittsburgh was also a blue collar town.

One of my favorite songs of the 80's came from a movie about a young woman who was a Pittsburgh steel-mill worker by day, bar dancer at night.   The heroine worked these two jobs, of course, so she could save money to attend the Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh.  Critics hated the film, but audiences loved it.  The 1983 movie was Flashdance; the song, "What a Feeling" performed by Irene Cara.










51 comments:

  1. I love this movie Flashdance and this little ballerina is so beautifully painted by you!
    Good night
    Elke

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Elke, thank you so much. And good night to you!

      Delete
  2. Oh, thanks for this video Chris!!
    I watched it twice and it gave me creeps. I think I should watch
    that film again...
    Your little Alex is beautiful.
    Would you tell me what kind of paper you are using?
    Your journal page went out great as well!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Beo. I'm going to watch the movie again, too.
      For the watercolor "Little Alex," I used Arches 140 lb. paper.
      The small square black and whites are done on 90 lb. watercolor paper (smooth) & then pasted into the journal. These are just vector & silhouette transfers done with a Chartpak blender pen with a little stamping (such as the numbers). I did not gesso the paper prior to using it.

      Delete
    2. Thank you very much for that information, Chris!
      I'm uncontent with the paper I use (Hahnemühle - Britannia - 140 lbs) because it absorbes the coulours and the the colours doesn't flow together (?) even when the paper
      is very wet. So I will try the Arches paper next.
      Did I say thanks? :)

      Delete
    3. Yes, you did. I like Arches because it seems easier to lift colors with water on this paper. I also like it because it holds up to a little scrubbing (although it's not impossible to put a hole in it). It is pricier than a lot of other papers, so I try and buy it when I can find it on sale. Hope you like it, too, Beo.

      Delete
  3. Replies
    1. Classic - it seems like yesterday to me.
      And then there's Footloose, Dirty Dancing, ... Lots of fun!

      Delete
    2. movie did seem like more fun then :)

      Delete
    3. I don't think it's just me. I think it was more fun. It was a different world then, Jennifer.

      Delete
    4. i was a young kid in the 80's, so watched more cartoons then anything then lol

      Delete
  4. classic 80's movie forgot to mention. when i ever i see clips from it i think 80's right away

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a sweet watercolor, Chris! Thank you for posting the clip. I enjoyed it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Candy. I love happy endings!

      Delete
  6. I love Irene Cara's "What a Feeling", Chris. Your painting is beautiful and elegant.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hello Chris
    What a charming picture, dear Chris
    Of course, I can remember the song
    "What a feeling" I like it very much.
    Nice day for you and "lots of feelings"

    Greetings Sadie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Sadie.
      Hope you have a wonderful day!!

      Delete
  8. Hello Chris,
    So amazing to see this paint.
    Really great.
    These movies bring us back to our childhood, a nice time.

    Sweet greetings,
    Marco

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Marco. Yes, it was a very nice time.

      Delete
  9. Beautiful watercolor - it seems in the next second she will move ... What a feeling!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for the clip!! Love your sensitive young dancer!!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. this painting looks so cute! nice post :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I used to dance myself then and I loved that film and so did my dancing teacher too. She always used music from the film to make our choreographies .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds like it was such fun, Jane. What a wonderful memory for you!

      Delete
  13. She is stunning, Chris! I love the way she's holding her body. Wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful painting. Again, soft and gentle. And more memories!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Helen. Just a few more memories. I'm running out of decades.

      Delete
  15. So coming late to the party, Chris. Much crud going on at home. Missed the 70's (my coming of age era) post but still relate. I think as much as I loved the Eagles back in the day, I think I liked America even more! Remember them? This painting of the little ballerina is just gorgeous. It touches me deeply, though I cannot figure out why. I also liked the Flashdance movie. Wish I could be a welder; I think the money is good!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you, Sherry.
    Oh sure, I remember America. They were a great band. So much music to like in the 70s.
    Glad you were able to stop by.

    ReplyDelete
  17. All I can say is...it's A PERFECT WATERCOLOR!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Precious and beautiful! Loved Flashdance back in the day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Celia. Lots of dance movies in the 80s - liked this one best.

      Delete
  19. I'm a bit late, but I've already seen your watercolor ballerina - and I love her! You are such a sensitive painter, so perfect in the use of color ... never too much, really quite wonderful. I can learn a lot from you!
    Greetings - Ulrike

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Ulrike. I am learning so much from your blog. It is one of my all-time favorites. You've really inspired me into looking more at patterns and textures / design. What a learning experience. Thank you!

      Delete
  20. Gorgeous watercolor Chris and loved the music as well. Hope you have a delightful day. Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Chris Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I love your painting. So delicate and beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Carol! And I'm so glad your spam issues have seemed to have been resolved.

      Delete
  22. Love the painting.. I love watercolor painting...

    ReplyDelete
  23. Another great - yes, watched this one over and over - her boyfriend, what a heartthrob..wowzers. This painting reminds me of my daughter who was a ballerina during those years. Many an afterschool spent in the waiting room for her to finish lessons.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just watched the movie again a few nights ago.
      And the ballerina - what a special memory for you. Girls are so sweet at that age!

      Delete