Description Dance, ritual and celebration help us to rediscover the mythology of women, largely ignored through centuries of patriarchy. Belly dancing, for example, is a wonderful avenue ofconnection and joy for women, a celebration of femininity. Belly dancingoriginally began in the Middle East, as women dancing with other women toprepare them for and help them with childbirth. Outside, in the sand, thewoman giving birth would be in a pit in the center of a circle of women bellydancing, mimicking the writhing and undulating birthing movements, joyfullybringing new life into the world.
James Shepherd, kelso, scotland Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement I was born in 1946 in the then small town of Irvine in north Ayrshire Scotland. Learned the basics of how to paint from my father using oils. Did not paint for many years until found a method of hand painting using an oil painting medium combined with a tablet. The style of my artwork is traditional inspired by impressionist paintings and influenced by realistic styling to convey character and / or movement of my subjects hopefully allowing the viewer to enjoy a glimpse of the mood.