make music, not war

In an ideal world, we would get along with our neighbors and make beautiful music together. But this is a less than perfect world. Despite that, we find beauty and inspiration where we can. May you find some of it in the perfection of music and art. Or in art that represents music. Whether created in a perfect world, or not.


Cellist portrays the fabric of life as my artist sensibilities perceive it; a weave of good and  bad, love and laughter living side by side with sadness and strife. In the end it will be beauty, truth and goodness that prevails.


Flamenka is a bold beauty with an interesting juxtaposition of elements and a wood plank texture. Visitors at some of my art shows have often asked: 'Is it painted on wood?' No, but what a grand illusion. Using several effects layers adjusting hue and color to achieve the tropically-flavored color palette, Flamenka is a show-stopper wherever she travels.


This piece was inspired by a rainy Sunday afternoon jazz jam at San Pablo Harbor Yacht Club in Northern California, a venue my sister and I call 'Deliverance' (an inside joke). Snapping a pic of this soprano sax player sitting right there, next to that painting, I thought, 'this would make a perfect canvas'. And it does.


Meet 'Banjoe'. Prosaic title, but sometimes artists are human...we struggle with a title or two. Starting with an illustrated version of a stock photo, several textures layers and a desert palette of colors later and voila! A digitally rendered piece more brilliant than its name (and this artist is being prosaically modest).  

© 2019 by Victoria Caro Johnson / The Sketchie Beast

 Ecclesiastes 3:11