Young Chechen Man

In the streets of St Petersburg you see people from all over Russia.

Young Chechnyan Man
Young Chechen Man, acrylics on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3

 

 

 

 

 

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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Two Fiddles at the Palau

Two Fiddles at the Palau | Two Fiddles at the Palau music painting

Two Fiddles at the Palau

 

Two Fiddles at the Palau
Two Fiddles at the Palau, acrylics, 30 x 40 cm, 12 x 16″

 

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Contrabass at Palau de la Musica
Contrabass at Palau de la Musica-  available as prints

 

Waiting for the Concert | Music painting valencia

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
Waiting for the Concert at the Small Hall in the Palau; 65 x 54 cm, 25 x 21″ acrylic on canvas

 

 

Waiting For The Concert, room view
Waiting For The Concert, room view

 

 

 

Haggia Sophia, a World Heritage Site, noted for its architecture and mosaics

September 20 2015  Istanbul

The Hagia (Holy) Sophia (Wisdom) is a stunning domed building built as a Greek Orthodox cathedral in 537 when Istanbul, then called Constantinople,  was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire(also known as the Byzantine Empire).  Between 1204 and 1261 it was a Roman Catholic cathedral.   Following the conquering of the Empire by the Ottomans in 1453, the Hagia Sofia became a mosque.  In 1931 it was closed and then converted into a museum, which it is still.  The minarets and round domes give it an Islamic setting, and some of the interior maintains that influence as well.  Nonetheless it is an impressive structure, notably the dome, and for 1000 years it was the largest cathedral in the world, replaced in 1520 by the Cathedral in Seville.

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Here are some stock photos of the interior.  It is way too dark and large for me to get good photos.

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These are mosaics!

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