Hard to believe that it's been twenty years since we lost Miles Davis.
I thought about using the colour blue for this painting, while listening to since one of my very favorite albums is "Kind Of Blue", however, Miles' music has never made me feel blue. In fact, anything as quintessentially moody, and as beautiful as his music usually has quite the opposite effect.
He was a great band leader, letting his musicians develop their own style naturally. I always felt that would be the a trait of a person, confident in their own genius. Miles felt no need for control or totalitarian behaviour over his musicians in the least. Thinking there's a lesson in that for certain Canadian politicians.
Speaking of "Kind of Blue", a poll was taken several years ago, which I recall stated this particular classic album would be the one people would most likely want with them if stranded on a desert island. That's fine if you have electricity on that said island. ; )
In any case, even tho' we lost Miles and 2 decades have now gone by, thankfully, his music will live on. --------- "Hard Bop" - 14" x 18" Acrylic on canvas. - Sold by Karen Sloan
I'm really starting to get a feel for this "Jazz sketch" series. In the groove, if you'll pardon the pun!
I find myself actually posing, pretending to hold the sax, trumpet, or said instrument as I paint. By no means am I musically inclined, in fact, far from it, at least as far as making music goes, but do know what I like to hear. Visually speaking however, I'm trying to get it just right on the canvas.
"Brass and Wind" - 5" x 7" acrylic on canvas - New!
There is no definitive list of jazz standards, but most music lovers can recognize songs that have been covered numerous times. Ones that are widely played by numerous Jazz musicians, thereafter, can be usually be considered a jazz standard.
From Dixieland, to the Jazz Age, Swing, Bebop, Bossa Nova, Samba and Smooth Jazz, these boys can play it all.
Some influences from Puerto Rican & Cuban Jazz music.
For me, Latino music, by the likes of the late, great "King of Latin Music", Tito Puente, among others, is great fodder for painting. A collage in paint, with a smidgen of cubist musical instruments. Some dance-oriented Afro-Cuban and Caribbean mambo Jazz compositions can really be a great muse! Such diverse sounds, and of course that beat!
Time for the band to practice before the big show, and to rehearse before the audience fills any seats. New! From Wall Flower Studio. Well, it's not exactly new, really. I've been working on it, off and on, for a few months, now, but thinking it's finally finished enough to share here. ------------------- Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend. : )
This will be the sixth year my studio has participated, and I'm really looking forward to all of the wonderful visitors and art lovers that stroll through my living room, and wander through my autumn flower and veggie gardens.
Approximately 2000 people visit Wall Flower Studio. I'm especially grateful for returning collectors who like my work enough to have more than one of my paintings on their walls!
However, after careful consideration, I've decided that this will be my last year on the tour.
Life is very busy in other areas, horticulture for one, my other love, but rest assured, I'll still be paintings and whimsical papier mache sculptures, and of course, my studio will be open year round by chance or appointment. Commissions are welcome, too! : )
The studio tour dates are:
October 1 and 2, 2011 - Saturday & Sunday -10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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October 8 and 9, 2011 - Thanksgiving Weekend - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come visit and enjoying the autumn colours of the Highlands.
It's a self directed driving tour, and the brochure map can be printed out here:
Jazz could be considered an abstract branch of music. It is a form of creativity that thinks outside of the box. Currently, corporate behavior and conformity is pushed on us by government and big business, who all seem to have their own agenda's and, are blatantly in bed with one another these days. One only has to google to find out how many former Monsanto employees are now running the FDA in the U.S., but take my country, Canada, for instance ....
The crime rate has actually dropped here in Canada, this is a fact, yet "the Harper government", (as they insist on being referred to by the press, instead of "the Canadian government"), have now made it their mission to build new massive prisons, and their reasoning is, they say, due to "unreported crimes". WTF? What's next I have to wonder.. Thought crimes? Thought police?
I call this paranoia on their part, but hey, I'm just an artist and a female at that, so what the heck would I know? ; ) Toronto, the city I was born and raised in, now has a mayor who is intent on shutting libraries and cutting all funding for the arts, including the Toronto International Film Festival, which just this month brought millions of dollars into the city.
Another WTF? Arts and culture are a huge tourist draw. His ignorance of facts are astounding.
So, in a world where individualism, free thinking, the pursuit of knowledge, and the arts, seems to be an undesirable personality traits by the powers that be, and where corporations are running government departments and ministries, all I can say is thank goodness for Jazz. It's a breath of fresh air in an increasingly right winged world.