Gypsy Nights by Tony Johansen digital painting 2013
Gypsy Nights is a digital image painted in Photoshop. It started life from my need to create an image that I could use on my Twitter profile. My first inspiration was the paintings and etchings of Gypsy's dancing by John Singer Sargent and Lionel Lindsay from a hundred years ago. I then found a painting from the 19th century depicting a daytime scene of a Gypsy woman dancing for a local lord which formed the actual starting point. For my picture I wanted a fire, more people, and a caravan
Even though it is a hundred years later I remember many nights under the stars with a campfire raging and caravans gathered around the edge. I have spent many years living in caravans. For a Gypsy it is the most natural thing in the world and it is the living in houses that seems a bit strange. As a result the sort of scene depicted here is very real to me.
Gypsy Dance by Lionel Lindsay (Australian) Etching 1919