“Midnight Ballet” Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin
I had fun in mind when I started this painting. A friend gave me a great photo he took of a camel while visiting India and I wanted to paint it. I didn’t want to paint just one camel so I began searching photo reference sites for more camel photos. In the process of searching I saw photos of all these furry funny faced Llamas and Alpacas. My focus for the painting shifted and I decided that Alpacas were the cutest member of the Camel family. I found three furry friends and made them the stars of my midnight blue painting.
My mom had a midnight blue corvette convertible and I loved that car. The sound of that name, “Midnight Blue”, makes me think of fast cars and the night stars which makes me think of my mom. Going along with my theme of fun and beauty for this painting the background became a dramatic electric blue.
Adding to the fun are free flying colorful Monarch butterflies. I wanted to fill this painting up with beautiful stained glass butterflies. These little Ballerinas took over just the side of the painting, inviting the Alpacas to play, maybe join in the dance.
This painting is really all about things I like, soft fur, a sky that reminds me of my mom and the ability to fly away on the wind. I hope you enjoy this painting anyway it touches you. Click the image to enlarge.