Friday, June 16, 2006

Illustration Friday: Dance


This is my submission for Illustration Friday's "Dance". This painting is a blast from my past and is titled "Flamingo Tango". I did many of these flamingo characters and paintings and they were all purchased by some of my more "out there" patrons. This was painted in 1989. The boy is my friend Paul (he looks just like this guy) and his girl Barb, dancing the tango with the fishes.

37 comments:

steve said...

This is fantastic ValGal ! Instead of 'FlashDance' it's 'SplashDance' ! I luv how they are actually dancing in that shallow pool of water. This would look great as an animated sequence if Disney did a third 'Fantasia' movie experiment.

Here'z hoping that Disney calls you soon...
stevePoisonPencil

AscenderRisesAbove said...

a very interesting image! so different from your usual; just as wonderful!

andrea said...

Very funny! (And I like Steve's comment: Splashdance.) You have an endless supply of images. You must be a really hard worker. Thanks for the grin.

Michael O'Connell said...

this is amazing… there is so much to look at and feel… too much fun to be had by all…

Diane Duda said...

This is great. I thought about making tango-ing frogs, but it would not have compared. Love this!

Teri C said...

Wow Val, this is really a splash from the past (ha, Steve, got ya). I keep looking for one of your adorable houses! It is so perfect for this theme-another side of you. Love it.

doodlestreet said...

Ahhhhh! These are way cool..wayyyyy cool. I love the starry background thing. That is one of my favorite backgrounds to you when I illustrate children's stuff...Hmmm...looks like a Topanga Canyon palm tree to me!

michael dailey said...

the tango wht can be said that already hasnt but in water now that s got to be an original lol nice pic great colors and feel

Paula said...

Val, another amazing interpretation and piece of Art. Joyous and funny.

Amy Zaleski said...

Funky! I like the idea of animals dancing, and this one I would never have thought of. Very imaginative, Val! Love all of your work, would love to see some of your recent stuff....

cream said...

Val, another great one!
Love the legs!

Liz Jones said...

OOh, cool!! Ilike the feathery outfit!!
I must confess I was trying to picture a dancing HOuse as I clicked on your link!:o)

CATRAVEN said...

So beautiful and inventive! The colors, the fish, the flamigo dancers and the background are all amazingly done!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

love the vivid colors and the scaley shirts they are wearing, they look like they should give lessons.

Brandi said...

This is just wild! Love the colors and the concept! Brandi

PaulSketch said...

this is sooooo AWESOME!! I love this submission!!!

aynaku said...

dancing tangos in tropical waters? what a great vision! I really enjoy this humorous, splash(y) painting of yours, a bit different from usual...
:)

Katili said...

Flamingo Tango, love it. Well drawn and the idea of dancing with the fishes is great.

Roz said...

hahaha, how cute and funny!
Love their expressions.

Toni said...

Val you are to much!!
I like what Steve said also 'Splashdance'
Wonderful to see great work from your past each week. Keep them coming!!

marc said...

Hi Val,
Come to dance with me!
These dancers are beautiful aand the splendid colors.Dancing in the sea,it's original!
Great work!Funny!
Have a nice week

carla said...

These are fabulous characters...love their lanky figures and their outfits. The setting is wonderful...you have such a way of creating little worlds where everything creates a mood. This one is fun!

Janet said...

This is a fun one, Val...and a little different. (I looked for some sort of little house, too)

Alina Chau said...

lovely!! GREAT STYLE!!

Ginger*:)* said...

I wonder what Paul thinks when he sees himself portrayed as a dancing flamingo.... I once had a client who went to Spain and couldn't stop talking about the "flamingo" dancers. He was so sweet and sincere I never told him about the Flamenco dancers.

Your illustration is full of life, color and so much fun!

scribblesk said...

Love the quirky characters!

tiffinix said...

You are amazing - This is so funky and awesome! I love the colors you use and the way you painted them standing/dancing in the water. Beautiful and so fun to see your work from all different years.

Twisselman said...

Yes, I was lookin' for houses, too. These two make a great couple. Wonderful.

haze mcelhenny said...

Flamingo Tango!!! - HA - I love it.

HARDWAX said...

Your imagination is fairly amazing. a shame it can't be bottled and purchased. These characters based on your friends make them all the more interesting to me and fun. The atmosphere-the stars, the desert colors,then with the contrast of the cool pond-beautiful stuff. I like those pyramids to, they are a kind of house-housing anyway for deceased pharoahs. You never dissapoint!

Gabrielle said...

The colours and textures are so rich! I love the under water life too, you paint excellent fish.

Roz Foster said...

Oh yeah! Wacky and fantastic. There's something geometrically defiant about this painting. Lots of fun!

LDahl said...

Oh my gosh... this is the best!!!
It is *giggle* so much fun, truly, truly creative! It makes me happy just looking at it. A+++++

Angel said...

Very nice, professional, and creative!

Wilnara said...

Wow! I thought I had the wrong link waiting to see one of your adorable houses! But, I got a great surprise! - Val, this is a funny piece! I love everything about it and the fact that you always manage to make your work so vibrant and fun makes me want to see more! This is just great!

cristosova said...

I get the feeling that she is quite the possessive one. Not that he is not enjoying it. Is there a better place to dance tango but under a sky of stars? You could call it the "Moonlight Flango". A touch of romance, a touch of hilariousness!

TXArtcGal said...

LOL!! What a fun illo...and, you have her legs perfect!! You had a distinctive style...even in 1989!..and, LOVE those colors as usual!