Because She Dances…

Mixed Media Painting by Niya Christine. Copyright

#53/365 Paintings

The Dancer

Behold the brand of beauty tossed!
See how the motion does dilate the flame!

…Fire, to no place confined,
Is both our wonder and our fear;
Moving the mind,
As lightning hurled through air…

Excerpts from “The Dancer” by Edmund Waller


I have always felt the dancer creates a new character at play with each motion. Even the stage is a character. A whole society is at work. With each whoosh there is an echo from the human condition. Pain, neutrality, anguish, ecstasy, lightness of being, disappointment, heartbreak, a new beginning, another death. You name it, it’s all there in every smokey move—clear as the light around her that shape the prayer of the dance.


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  • Sage Cohen February 22, 2013   Reply →

    Often, I am awake and writing at 4 a.m. when your paintings arrive. I consider each one a message from the universe that is conspiring to break me open to beauty. This image embodies a code I am trying to crack in my own life — a return to the joys and power of the body. I stepped aside of mine a long time ago. I am going to keep this “motion that dilates the flame” close, as my call back to the wild wonders of the dance.

  • niya christine February 22, 2013   Reply →

    Sage, you are a wise and brilliant woman. I love how you meditate on new understanding no matter what is occurring in your life, your body and heart. I seem to painting these images for the same reason. To keep beauty healthy and alive daily. And to learn from each image.

  • WM Rine February 22, 2013   Reply →

    Sage’s comments are getting to be one of the good features of this blog, in addition to the art and the stories.

    This image was interesting because in the white/dark I saw something else, like the kind of mask one might see at an Indian pueblo dance. So you have a couple of motifs of dance embedded in this.

    • niya christine February 22, 2013   Reply →

      WM: Isn’t she just amazing – that Sage! I love her like crazy. ; )

      … by the way, someone else said that your comments had the same effect. You really see things so differently. It’s refreshing to me. I learn from you. Thank you.

      • Sage Cohen February 24, 2013   Reply →

        WM: Honored to be in The Chorus of Niya with you! It’s a triple-blessing to see Niya’s work, read her stories, take my own little journey, and then travel through the refractions of what you (and all of us here) see / feel through each painting.

  • Laurel February 22, 2013   Reply →

    This is one of your very most wow-some images; faint with the underlying breath of deeply magical strokes of paint, as if you imagined some fantastic scene that now comes across to us as a potent dream image. Fantastical Niya, truly dream borne energy given wings by your talent.

    • niya christine February 22, 2013   Reply →

      Laurel, wow. Thank you so much. It warms my heart like crazy when any of my paintings/works comes hits the mark for people (in a subjective way of course).
      THANK YOU!

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