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Dancing in the Moonlight

As I have mentioned, when I was growing up my family lived deep in a very rural area of northern California called Bennett Valley. During my first and second grades I attended Bennett Valley School which was built in 1878. As I recall, there were about 12 of us who attended this one-room school house. It was on a beautiful wooded hill, not far from the road and those two years of school were probably some of the most significant years of my life.

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Dancing in the Moonlight, acrylic on canvas, 20×24-inches. 2011. ©Ann Hart Marquis, sold.

The reason those years were so memorable was due to our teacher, Mrs. Margaret Perez. She handled all of us in six grades with ease. We sat at tables, I don’t remember desks. I also don’t remember her ever raising her voice except for the time the snake got loose. She was refined and gentle. Mrs. Perez had a gift. Although we were country children, she treated us as if she were teaching in San Francisco.

It was she who first introduced me to classical music, and I loved it immediately. She took us  to see the classic ballet movie Red Shoes. I of course then wanted to be a ballerina. Ballet lessons were not an option for me for several reasons. I remember vividly, however, that she let me dance in front of the class. I was wearing a brown checked dress and brown oxford shoes. I did my best Isadora Duncan although I had never heard of Isadora Duncan. I was very shy, but when I danced, the world went away. Mrs. Perez added depth to my life and opened windows that I never knew existed.

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Dancing in the Sunlight, acrylic on canvas, 14×14-inches, 2014. ©Ann Hart Marquis, sold.

To this day dance has been one of my passions and I have carried it over into several of my paintings. Dancing in the Moonlight (top) is my first “dance” painting. Dancing in the Sunlight  (above) is the second. My last is Waltz (below).


Waltz, acrylic on canvas, 24×36-inches, 2012. ©Ann Hart Marqus

Thank you Mrs. Margaret Perez. I have thought of you often.

Has there been a special teacher in your life?

Waltz is currently available.  If you have questions or want to purchase it, please contact me. It is 36x24x1.5-inches, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas with sides painted to continue the scene for a finished look. The price is $675 plus shipping.

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The Meaning of Three

When I create a composition, I have noticed that I usually paint objects such as trees in groups of three or an odd number of subjects. Frequently I will paint just one subject like a lone tree. I did a little research about the meaning of numbers recently because I have known that three is considered especially sacred or psychologically meaningful. An explanation of the significance of the number three can be found in different cultures around the world, in tarot and in many religions.

Meaning of Numbers

One symbolizes unity, agreement, simplicity. When something exists alone, nothing disturbs it. It remains completely at peace, without regard for anything else. Two symbolizes duality, tension and complexity. It is noted that the number three symbolizes a harmony that includes and synthesizes two opposites; three merges the two to create a new entity, one that harmoniously includes both opposites. Or three can unite two objects while excluding the third. Here ( Italian Cypress) is a painting that I did several years ago without understanding the symbolic meaning of three.

Italian Cypress

Italian Cypress, acrylic on canvas, 16×20, ©2009,
Ann Hart Marquis

Three in Religion

In some Asian religions three gets its roots from the meaning of multiplicity. Three is a moving forward of energy, overcoming duality, expression. There is a manifestation of something new and a synthesis. Three is also the first number to which the meaning “all” was given, it can also mean “a few.” It is the triad, being the number of the whole as it contains the beginning, middle and an end; past, present, future.


Passage, acrylic on canvas, ©2012, Ann Hart Marquis

Art and Design

In design and interior decorating, the Rule of Three is a principle used in various aspects of design:  architecture, graphic design and photography (the rule of thirds). The basic idea of the rule is that details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, compelling and effective than even-numbered pairings. It seems probable to me that this principle in design originated in classic art such as The Three Graces by Raphael (1500), “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, (1510) and  Primavera by Botticelli, (1402).


Waltz, Acrylic on canvas, 24×36 inches, ©2012, Ann Hart Marquis

There is nothing “classic” about my art, but I do like to paint compositions with odd numbers. How about you? Do numbers have symbolic meaning in your art?