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Diana Lee
06-02-2014, 12:11 PM
Well, folks, here we go!
This is on a 24x36 board and is starting out kinda rough. These large boards are hard to wield, so I have to work this top part upside down.
This is probably going to take a while and I can't scan it so you will have to deal with my camera work. On top of that our camera broke. I can't change the settings.
The photo is from JKIESECKER on flickr.




Snow Dance
06-02-2014, 12:39 PM
Oh, wow!! As if by magic, the couple emerges from the darkness.


06-02-2014, 01:12 PM
Wow!! This is going to be a beauty to watch unfold!

06-02-2014, 02:58 PM
Great start!

06-02-2014, 03:42 PM
Beautiful beginning - full of grace already....

06-02-2014, 04:25 PM
UPSIDE DOWN:eek: this will be another board to behold. Heck, it already is.

06-02-2014, 06:44 PM
Awesome! Looking forward to updates on this lovely couple!

06-02-2014, 07:17 PM
Diana, you are a marvel. This is amazing already. Such talent

Diane Cutter
06-03-2014, 05:49 AM
Gorgeous!!! This will be worth the wait!


Harry Seymour
06-03-2014, 07:19 AM

06-03-2014, 08:04 AM
Ooh Baby! This is going to be fun.

And yes, I ask the same as Harold did... UPSIDE DOWN??!! :eek:

Diana Lee
06-03-2014, 12:44 PM
Thank you all!:grouphug:

Ginger and Harold, when I was a painter I did my large canvases top halves upside down.
Because of back problems I can't stand for very long so I can't work at an easel. Fortunately, the way I think about my working technique helps a lot. When I see a face I see a bunch of shapes, (circles wedges, triangles, etc.) This is what I put on the board, so upside down or sideways, it makes no difference.

I will take more pictures today and post them, hopefully the camera will cooperate.


06-03-2014, 02:42 PM
Love, love, love this subject! I love seeing dancers portrayed in art. This is such a great picture that really shows off the characteristic close embrace and theatricality I always see of when I watch tango dancers. I can hear the music already.

Diana Lee
06-03-2014, 03:27 PM
Thanks natzim26!!

I decided to go ahead and take pictures before I got started working on it today.

Latest photo.



06-03-2014, 07:02 PM
Unbelievably beautiful already! I am expecting to see them emerge from the board!


06-03-2014, 08:53 PM
I just about squealed with joy when I saw this. I always love opening your threads, Diana, and this is such a beauty! I am a romantic at heart, and I love things like 1920s-1930s culture. This scratchboard has that classy elegance about it that speaks to me. I absolutely love this. The passion in their poses and expression is outstanding! Can't wait to see it all done! :clap:

06-03-2014, 09:02 PM
Wow!!! Amazing! Your work is stunning Diana. :)

06-03-2014, 11:30 PM
This is Classic, Diana . Will be watching updates

06-04-2014, 12:43 PM
Stunning. I look forward to seeing this progress.

06-04-2014, 01:28 PM
Geez willikers...somehow I forget between each piece just how magical you are. Any detail of your work can be a masterpiece on its own.

06-04-2014, 03:49 PM
You could leave it just like this and call it finished already. Love it!!!

06-04-2014, 05:19 PM
Gosh almighty Diana - the perfection of the woman's jaw is amazing.

Harry Seymour
06-05-2014, 07:28 AM
Simply terrific and such a wonderful subject.

06-05-2014, 08:20 PM
I'm a crap dancer but I love dance, and I love the tango, so this is a double whammy for me!! Awesome work Diana!

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06-06-2014, 10:09 PM
Love the details and textures of the hair on both, the suit striping, etc. There is so much to enjoy already!

Diana Lee
06-07-2014, 12:04 AM
Thanks all of you!!:grouphug:

Here are my latest photos. I still don't know how I feel about this piece. It doesn't look like a photo, it looks like a drawing, but my husband says that isn't necessarily a bad thing.




06-07-2014, 10:48 AM
When you have two professional dancers get together to do the tango, things tend to look more like a drawing and not a photo because that's their job. What I mean is, these aren't two people who just learned some cross-over steps and halfway commit to moving to the music. They are professionals and go all the way; therefore, they make things look a bit fantastical. In my opinion, professional dancers can make things seem unreal. That's their job. That's why it may resemble a drawing. Just my opinion. I grew up watching ballet dancers do things that just didn't seem human. The fantastic works for me. A drawing is less constrained by reality, as are professional dancers (or so it seems to me.)

06-07-2014, 02:57 PM
I think this may be my new favorite of yours. I think it reads very well...great composition...the eye wants to flow from point to point and never gets tired of looking around and seeing something new every time.

And man, you are fast with that big board! Or have you been working on it for months and are just feeding us snippets now? :wink2: :lol:

06-07-2014, 04:08 PM
I keep trying to think how to comment, and can't find the right words to say how much I like this. I just keep going back up to look at it again, and again...and once more...:) Fabulous work!

Diana Lee
06-07-2014, 06:29 PM
Thank you natzim!:wave:

Well, Lorna, you caught me. I am usually several steps ahead of my wip posts (at least in the beginning) I want to be sure they are going to work out before I commit to the group. There have been boards that just didn't make the grade and will never be seen.:D :eek:

Jenna, you are sweet!:heart:


06-09-2014, 01:00 AM
I've been following this on Facebook and you're rockin' that big board Diana! Love, love, love this. It's not supposed to look like a photo - listen to Steve - it's your interpretation of a photo and it's awesome.

06-10-2014, 07:12 AM
Wow... This is a beautiful piece. So graceful.

06-10-2014, 11:45 AM
Diana, it's simply amazing what you can do with a piece of Scratchboard.

Diana Lee
06-10-2014, 12:28 PM
Thank you Ann! I used to point out to students, when they were disappointed, that the problem could be that they were looking at what isn't there in stead of what is. They had expectations that weren't met and they should try to look beyond that and see what is there.
I am trying to short hand a longer speech, I hope it made sense! Anyway I should learn to follow my own advice.
Thanks Melzza!
Harold, thank you!:wave:

Here is the latest photo.



06-10-2014, 02:07 PM
I understand what you're saying. I had to remind my workshop students on Friday to "draw what you see, not what you know". (or think you know)

06-10-2014, 06:30 PM
This is phenomenal. Her hair, the folds in his trousers, the bend of his knee, their hands. Just stunning Diana.

06-10-2014, 09:22 PM
I'm still in awe. So gorgeous!

06-11-2014, 11:19 AM
Watching this board unfold both here and on FB is leaving me dizzy. You are truly cranking it. Speechless - makes me wanna dance!

06-11-2014, 12:35 PM
Holy cow this is awesome!! Such amazing work Diana! I just love her hair and the pose and all of it! It's great!!!

06-11-2014, 03:17 PM
Absolutely phenomenal work Diana. Jaw dropping beautiful scratching.

06-18-2014, 12:46 AM
This is fabulous Diana, you've captured the essence beautifully.

06-18-2014, 09:33 AM
Not finished yet??! I've almost finished an entire holiday to Vietnam and you haven't finished this 'tiny' piece yet! Sheesh!

To be honest, I'm in awe!!! :clap:

06-18-2014, 03:26 PM
I don't know how, but your pieces just keep getting better and better. This is stunning. You've captured the grace and rythm.

06-25-2014, 09:39 AM
This piece is just amazing to me. I've loved watching it progress, and it shows me I have such a long way to go.