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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Moving Meditations: Paintings by Barbi Leifert is a beautiful collection of paintings which expresses the meditative quality of dancing. The visual depiction of the smooth and repetitive movements of dancing are well expressed through the paintings, giving a soothing feeling to the reader. Every painting has spiritual undertones and the author's choice of colors highlights the internal warmth and will make the reader float peacefully amid the greens and blues. The author's experience of learning dance has been well captured in these paintings, and gives a different perception to dancing. There are paintings of animals and these images speak about their symbiotic relationship with human beings and give humans a focus while living in this material world. The book is a perfect blend of the author's painting and dancing skills and heightens the awareness of the reader in a unique way.
The book is unique and refreshingly different, and the paintings are vibrant. Every painting is aesthetic with layers of meaning that can be interpreted in many ways. I like the way the moving figures have been blended into the canvas using various colors that give them a good movement and pace. It is not the usual book of paintings because these paintings are layered and speak to viewers on many levels. Every painting in the book has life and will help readers perceive art and dance with a different outlook. The author's imagination and creativity coupled with undertones of love, healing, spirituality, and colors make reading the book an enriching and beautiful experience.