Palau Round Stage 2

Palau de la Music Round Stage, acrylics on canvas

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.

Palau Round Stage 2
Palau Round Stage, 56 x 76 cm 23 x 30″ acrylics on canvas

 

Palau Round Stage,
Palau Round Stage,
Palau Round Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flamenco Fusion Sala Russafa pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9"

Live at Sala Russafa- pen and ink drawings

I did these pen and ink drawings at the Berklee School of Music student concerts at Sala Russafa, Nov 11-13, 2017, except for the one at the bottom.  Originals are $150, prints starting at $15.    

 

Flamenco Fusion Sala Russafa pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9"
Flamenco Fusion Sala Russafa pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9″

This is the year-end performance of the Valencia campus of the Berklee School of Music in pen and ink. Dec 12-14, 2017.

Groove Singer Sala Russafa, pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9"
Groove Singer Sala Russafa, pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9″

 

 

American Folk Fusion Sala Russafa pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9"
American Folk Fusion Sala Russafa pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9″

 

Jazz Ensemble, pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9"
Jazz Ensemble, pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9″

 

Nov 13 Jazz Ensemble Sala Russafa, pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3 x 5.9
Jazz Ensemble Singer Nov 13 Jazz Ensemble Sala Russafa, pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3
Jazz Ensemble Singer Nov 13 Jazz Ensemble Sala Russafa, pen and ink 21 x 15 cm, 8.3

 

The singer had many expressive gestures!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not at the Sala Russafa, this is a drawing from a music video.  She’s about to go over his head towards the viewer.

 

 

Couple Dances: Over His Head, pen and brush, 21 x 30 cm, 8.3 x 11.7"
Couple Dances: Over His Head, pen and brush, 21 x 30 cm, 8.3 x 11.7″
Band at el Carmen

Band at El Carmen | painting of band in monastery

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.

Band at el Carmen
Band at el Carmen, acrylics on paper, 11.7 x 16.5″, A4 30 x 42 cm

 

 

 

Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II detail

Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II | music paintings

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.  

 

Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II
Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II, acrylics, 56 x 76 cm 23 x 30″ on paper, sold

 

Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II detail
Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II detail
Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II detail
Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II detail
Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II detail
Horns and Contrabass at Palau de la Musica II detail

 

 

Pen and ink miniatures from concerts at the Bancaja Foundation

These were done in the darkened audience at the Bancaja Foundation, March/April 2017.  All are miniatures.

Piano at Bancaja
Cello Shoulder Strapped at Bancaja
Beatles 4 at Bancaja Foundation
Beatles 3 at Bancanja
Bancaja Music and Drama Presentation

 

 

 

The Fifth Beatle – Homage to George Martin, Bancaja, Valencia, Spain February 2017 | The Fifth Beatle – Homage to George Martin, Bancaja Concert

Three miniature pen and ink drawings done at the Bancaja concert,  The Fifth Beatle – Homage to George Martin 

 

 

The Fifth Beatle (1)- Homage to George Martin
The Fifth Beatle (1)- Homage to George Martin

 

 

The Fifth Beatle (all four) - Homage to George Martin
The Fifth Beatle (all four) – Homage to George Martin
The Fifth Beatle (piano) - Homage to George Martin
The Fifth Beatle (piano) – Homage to George Martin

Dancing Couples (pen and ink miniatures) | dance pen and ink drawing

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)

Couple Dances , ink, ink, 13.8 c 8.5 cm, 4.5 inches by 5.5, inches, ink, 13.8 c 8.5 cm, 4.5 inches by 5.5, inches, ink, ink, 13.8 c 8.5 cm, 4.5 inches by 5.5, inches, ink, 13.8 c 8.5 cm, 4.5 inches by 5.5, inches, ink
Couple Dances , ink, ink, 13.8 c 8.5 cm, 4.5 inches by 5.5, inches
Couple Dances  2, ink, ink,  13.8 c 8.5 cm, 4.5 x 5.5 inches
Couple Dances 2, ink, ink, 13.8 c 8.5 cm, 4.5 x 5.5 inches
Bass Violin Player

Bass Violin Player | Bass Violin Player painting

Bass Violin Player

 
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.

 

Bass Violin Player
Detail, Bass Violin Player, acrylics, A3, 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.5″ x 16.5″

 

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Five Players

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.

 

 

Five Players, acrylics on paper, A3, 11.5 x 16.5"
Five Players, acrylics on paper, A3, 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.5″ x 16.5″
Xylophone Player at the Palau

Xylophone Player at the Palau

Xylophone Player at the Palau

Xylophone player at the Palau de la Musica, Valencia, Spain.  Fun house floor suggests a departure from every day reality, meeting with the muse, traveling to the realm of creativity.

Xylophone Player at the Palau
Xylophone Player at the Palau, A3, 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.5″ x 16.5″

 

Comments from my Facebook timeline July 24, 2016

Marti: Loved it Gary!

Sandra: This is fabulous Gary!

Carol: I love the energy.

Patricia: The combination treatments of floor patterns are interesting