Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Joan Applebaum Art Goes Green - Queen of the Slip Jig

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

It's day 17 of my blog "going green" and this is the last Irish themed painting I will be posting for quite a while. I can't believe I actually had enough Irish art to last for 17 days! 

For the Dancers

Today's painting is dedicated to the Irish dancers - again. Yes I know I have dedicated two paintings already to the dancers but this one is special for two reasons.

The first reason is because the dancers add so much good positive energy to the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations. The little kids are so darned cute and the more experienced dancers are just amazing. They put their heart and soul into their dancing. And the next day when all the celebrating is done, and the shamrocks and other decorations are put away, the dancers are back in class getting ready for the next event: usually a competition.

Irish dancers train all year; there is no real season like football. St. Patrick's Day celebrations are probably the most fun for the dancers, but only a small part of what they do.

Queen of the Slip Jig

And if you're wondering "what is the second reason why the painting is special", it's because it's dedicated to my daughter Katie. This painting was done when she was in the middle of her last year of high school and last year of dancing with the Johnston Irish Dancers.

The painting is titled "Queen of the Slip Jig" a play on Van Morrison's "Queen of the Slip Stream". In this piece, a well worn pair of Irish dance shoes, a crown and a few medals propped up next to an old concertina tell of a long, but satisfying day at the Feis.

Look closely at the shoes and note that the laces are worn and frayed and the toe of one shoe is held together with duct tape. Dancers shoes take as much beating as a pair of combat boots!

Let's hear it again for the dancers!!! And good luck at the Worlds competition next month!!!

"Going Green"

If this is your first visit to my blog and you like the Irish theme I'm working with you might want to look at posts from the previous days.

Bonus Painting

And I promised a bonus painting for today. It's a re-run folks - the same painting that started us off on this 17 day virtual journey of Irish themed art.


Green Beer Parade 

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