This takes place in the music hall in the lower level of the Palau de la Musica, in Valencia, Spain. It is one of only three remaining in a large series of paintings. They originate with miniature pen and ink drawings done in the audience at the Palau. They explore the state of mind we experience when we listen to music, in this case that of symphonic bands. There is a dream like state some experience where we are in between a zone.
Band at El Carmen, 12th century monastery in Valencia. They performed during an event I attended. These monasteries were once brightly painted, but not like this! I have the freedom to decorate the Gothic arches as I please, and I like them bouncing off the page.
This is another in my Palau de la Musica series. These start life as small pen and ink drawings (often available for purchase as well) that I do in the audience using both hands. Then I work up a painting in the studio.
Two miniatures cover the theme of dancing couples. The second is based on Rustemul, a dance my wife and I did for a fair she helped organize in Panama. We served there as Peace Corps volunteers. $50 each or prints (see the “To Purchase” tab at top of each post)
Continuing the exploration of music related themes, here I add the movement of the arm and the swing of the leg to contrast with the movement in the background. This is acrylics on paper. The curvaceous movement of the leg ties with the curve of the contrabass, as they seem to dance across the stage. Strong and unusual colors make the painting dance off the wall.
The music series continues. Five semi-realistic female figures will pale to blue-white skin perform. Four instruments are visible. One stairs straight ahead, eyes misaligned,another has eyes that are mere slits, two are in profile, three straight on, one wears what appears to be a glove, legs mingle, some disappear, arms there and not there.