This sketch is inspired by a song that is or was very popular in the state of Georgia and every body dances to it. The dance is sort of a stomp to the rhythmm of it, and it is about a real place named "Rocky Top, Tennessee". I also danced to it --a lot--and loved every minute of it. I painted this as sketch to be redhead because when I was young I had a red-headed aunt Lucy from Italy who wore flaming red nail polish, had hair this color and talked about hundred miles/minute in Italian. My daddy considered her to be a "foreigner" [which was true to a degree but since she married his brother in Savannah Georgia she became American]. He always said to my mama who was her friend, "why do you listen to that EYE-talian?" Because he considered her to be so exotic I was always fascinated by her. I couldn't understand a word she said, but she talked with her hands, managed to antagonize nearly every one in the community [except maybe me] and had gorgeous clothes and jewelry. And she and my uncle went dancing sneakily because my granddaddy [where they stayed when they were in my hometown/community in Georgia] didn't approve of dancing. The background of this sketch is of a place that does not exist as far as I know since I created it with pencils and paint brush just as I created the pretend dancer. Rocky Top the music with words is usually played at Southern festivals and Universities, and at some places to dance. I have this sketch on watercolor paper and it is 9 x 12 of acrylic and watercolor.
So, I thought maybe this was a fitting and proper tribute to her memory [because she died in the last year]. She was probably about the age of this sketch pretend woman [that does not resemble my aunt except for the hair] when I was a child. I named this sketch "Rocky Top dancer" because I loved the song and music and dance of Rocky Top, and because I was fascinated by my real aunt with flaming red hair, much personality and "sass" as my grandmother would have said, and because I have sketched red hair pretend people several times now. Another pretend redhead that I painted into oils for my ethnic series of oil paintings is named "Irish student" and is displayed on my mini exhibit blog of art I create at: https://mini-exhibition.blogspot.com. In fact, I painted redheads several times and I put several of them on a blog all in one post. So google 'red art + Gloria Poole" and see if you find them.
Also, I completed the online version of the children's story about Lady Bugs that give picnics and their adventures today, and posted it to that blog of mine at:
Also, I have updated most of the blogs I post art I create too, in the past few days so see the links and the about me page to find those.
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Also, to repeat because it is frequently an issue since everybody tries to use my name [according to Google search there are 110 people named "Gloria Poole" in the U S.] I am a white, single again, Southern Baptist Christian, and the natural, biological mother of two grown daughters who are Jennifer and Leigh but no sons, and a Registered Nurse licensed in Missouri, and an artist in all mediums, and a poet, author,prolife blogger, photographer, citizen journo. Read the about me page on another blog of mine with my name at: https://gloriapoole.blogspot.com
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