Lana Sutton #4: the Dancer of the Dawn?

Edward G. Nilges, “State of a Portrait of Lana Sutton as of 4 Oct 2010 9:00 PM”, acrylic on canvas, 12×16 in

Edward G. Nilges, “State of a Portrait of Lana Sutton as of 4 Oct 2010 10:00 PM”, acrylic on canvas, 12×16 in

Edward G. Nilges, “Detail of State of a Portrait of Lana Sutton as of 4 Oct 2010 10:00 PM”, acrylic on canvas, 12×16 in

Edward G. Nilges, “Chiaroscuro Study for a Portrait of Lana Sutton”, acrylic on canvas with Gimp modifications, 12×16 in

I transferred the final line drawing to canvas and started the ink wash chiaroscuro.

Her arms a bit longer than in Native Son’s photograph, and the position is different. This more or less intentional as her hands are the whole point in her expressive dance.

Need to avoid over-emphasizing the “six pack”. Bodies reified by Calvin Stein have over-definition, but truly fit people don’t. Abs are key: Bruce Lee, the Hong Kong hero of Kung Fu, said that all movement uses our center. But to make them another geometry mocks them. Therefore, her abs shall be first and foremost the dark source of a column which ascends to catch the morning light.

I do plan to have fun with the white skirt (red tankie, and blue belt). The foreground leg is pushing the silken fabric up so that the kneecap shall make a definite impression.

The background shall be the sea at sunrise. She is climbing and dancing a mountain, liberty leading the people to a brighter tomorrow or at least one that doesn’t suck.

Hope she continues to Like (love) this work. Lana Sutton is a political activist, environmentalist, musician, dancer and holy terror in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The photos on which this work is based were taken by Native Son.

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