~make music, not war~
In a perfect world, we would all get along and make beautiful music together. But this is not a perfect world and people, in general, are notoriously non-peaceful. Despite that, there is beauty and inspiration all around, if one has the eyes to see it. And the ears to hear it. May you find some of it in the perfection of music and art, even as created in an imperfect world.
Cellist portrays the fabric of life as we know it; a weave of kindness, love, laughter and light, intertwined with evil, sadness and strife. Just as with this war zone cellist; he knows not what the future will bring, or if he has a future, but he'll continue to make beautiful music because, as he knows, peace, love and justice will prevail.
~art and music not only enrich the mind, they nourish the soul~
Flamenka boasts an interesting juxtaposition of elements and textures. Some visitors at my art shows have asked: 'Is it painted on wood?' No, but what a grand illusion. I used several effects layers (including the wood grain), adjusting hue and color to achieve the tropically-flavored color palette, making Flamenka a head-turner wherever she goes.
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 have dubbed Deliverance (for reasons that would make absolutely no sense to anyone but ourselves). Snapping a pic of this soprano sax player sitting right there, next to that painting, I thought, 'this would make the perfect art.'
Deliverance showcased in the City of Stanton's first community art show The World in Our Backyard / May 2021
"a cat, a crow and banjoe"
No, the name of the instrument is not misspelled. Banjoe is the name of the person playing the instrument. I know...groan...but it's my art, I can name it what I want. This piece represents three things I love in this life; cats, crows and banjos, conveyed with retro charm and in your face colors. And wouldn't this be a wonderful world indeed if cats and crows were so enchanted by Banjoes?