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.
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.
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.
From my music series, Singer Sax Drummer is based on a drawing done at the Palau de la Musica in Valencia. I have included the drawing below. It is done in acrylics. There are two distinct planes. You see two instrument playing muses, one kicking her leg up. This painting is a fusion of automatic drawing and an abstract background with bright and strong colors.
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.