She Danced by the Light of the Moon — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, She Danced by the Light of the Moon, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve:

Individuality is something we like to pride ourselves on, and to this extent we seek out ways to express how different we are, without being too different, that is.

She Danced by the Light of the Moon inspirational original oil painting of woman with pink cloth in Grand Canyon by Steve Henderson, licensed prints at,, Framed Canvas Art, and Great Big Canvas

We all have our unique dance, our own steps, our individual way of doing things. She Danced by the Light of the Moon, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed prints at,, Framed Canvas Art, and Great Big Canvas.

One is reminded of middle school, in which everyone dressed a particular, outstanding way, in order to stand out, while fitting in.

Other people truly do stand out — recognizing that they are outside conventional norms indeed, they go the whole way with body piercings, tattoos, distinctive hair styles, unusual clothing — and there would be nothing wrong with this at all if the continued sensitivity to being different weren’t heightened by the additional attention they attract.

An older woman we know told us once of waiting in line, and absentmindedly looking at the man ahead of her, whose body art made him look very different indeed.

“Are you staring at me, Lady?” he demanded, surprising her more by his rudeness than his choice of attire and decoration.

“Actually, I wasn’t,” she replied. “But don’t you expect me to?”

So it’s a fine line, being different, and the happiest people are those who recognize that we are all unique in some ways, and the same in others — and the fastest way to dissatisfaction is constantly trying to fit our feet into shoes that are too small for them.

The exuberant woman in She Danced by the Light of the Moon is absorbed in her nighttime, canyon dance, focusing on the elements around her, the fabric embracing her, the movement of her steps, the thoughts and meditation driving her action. And while she would garner a look, or two, were she doing this on a city sidewalk, she is celebrating a moment of solitude, free from the eyes and critique of others.

We all need these moments of solitude, this time of dancing by the light of the moon with only the stars for company, so that when day comes, and we walk out on the streets looking purposeful and socially normal, we retain within a strong sense of our individuality, which just can’t help peeking through.

Read the rest, including Christmas cards at GiveWrite, and Santa flags at Discount Decorative Flags, at the newsletter, Start Your Week with Steve.

She Danced by the Light of the Moon is available as an original oil painting, 30 x 40, through Steve Henderson Fine Art.

She Danced by the Light of the Moon is also available as a licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, Framed Canvas Art,, and

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She writes about life, art, and the art of life.
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