Inspired by the band and singer of the movie “Grant Chester.” Her charming smile, her connection with the audience, the stage lighting illuminating from below.
Jazz Singer, acrylics A3, 16.5 x 11.5″ on paper
View of Giethoorn
Geithoorn is a canal laced town in Holland – once in town there are just footpaths and canals – that is among the most charming places we have ever visited. The houses have thatched roofs. Small boats carry passengers throughout.
View of Giethoorn (acrylics) A3 16.5 x 11.5″
Pond in Zaandam
Zaandam is known especially for the paintings by Monet. We stayed not far from the houses he put in his paintings. This pond is on the property we stayed in.
Pond in Zaandam, acrylic, A3, 16.5 x 11.7″
Tanzanian Plains, watercolor, A3, 11.5 x 16.5″, watercolor on high quality paper
Women Dance in Zambian Village
Women Dance in Zambian Village, our Peace Corps visit, A3, 11.5 x 16.5″
Zambian Women -6- Around-Fire
Zambian Women -6- Around-Fire, A3, 11.5 x 16.5″ watercolor on fine art paper
Woman in a Lonely Bar
I know a lot of single women, it seems. While some of them like living alone, almost all of them seem to want someone to live with, and eagerly seek company. Often the only company they have is themselves.
Woman in a Lonely Bar, A3, 11.5 x 16.5″ watercolor on fine art paper
Bass Violin Player
I love the gestures of string instrument players.
Bass Violin Player, acrylics, A3, 11.5 x 16.5 on paper
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.
Detail, Bass Violin Player, acrylics, A3, 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.5″ x 16.5″
The paintings and drawings in this video slide show were done at Palau de la Musica, Valencia. They explore the state of mind we experience as music transports us to a semi dream-like state. The paintings and drawings in this video slide show were done at Palau de la Musica, Valencia. They explore the state of mind we experience as music transports us to a semi dream-like state. The music is Arco de Noe by Oscar Navarro, a Valencian composer. He was in the audience the day we heard this piece.
This started life as a drawing at Palau de la Musica. I enlarged the original, a tiny 2 x 4″ and put it on the canvas board, then painted in with acrylics. See also Two Fiddles at the Palau, a version of this based on the very same drawing.
Two Brown Fiddles at the Palau, acrylics on canvas board, 40 x 50 cm, 16 x 20″
Contrabass at Palau de la Musica, the pen and ink done on site
This is based on an automatic drawing and given an expressionist treatment in acrylics. Automatic drawing was popularized by the surrealists in the 1920ś. The audience is bathed in a comforting blue haze. The original drawing is posted below.
Trio at the Palau, acrylics on canvas, 21″ x 18″,” 55 x 45 cm
Waiting for the Concert at the Small Hall in the Palau de la Musica, Valencia.
Continuing with the music and Palau themes, here I use a palette knife to dress the audience awaiting the concert. The Palau has a small concert hall in the basement. We listen to some local traditional Valencian music. Below the painting you will find a link to a video I shot at a local fair with some examples of the squeaky instruments we listened to. You hear them during the many parades you can see in the city.
Waiting for the Concert at the Small Hall in the Palau; 65 x 54 cm, 25 x 21″ acrylic on canvas