make music, not war

In an ideal world, we would get along fabulously 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. In likely, and unlikely, places. 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 artistic sensibilities perceive it; a weave of beauty, love, peace, laughter and creativity, with contrasts of sadness, moral decay, war, strife, hopelessness and helplessness. In the end it will be beauty and love that prevail.


Flamenka is a bold beauty with an interesting juxtaposition of elements and a wood plank texture that makes visitors at my art shows ask: 'Is it painted on wood?' No, but what a grand illusion! I used several effects layers adjusting hue and color to achieve the tropically-flavored color palette. Flamenka is an attention-grabber and 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 jokingly call 'Deliverance'. I snapped a pic of this soprano sax player sitting right there, next to that painting and  thought, 'this would make a perfect piece of artwork' and, well, it does.   


Meet 'Banjoe'. Prosaic, I know but sometimes I'm human...I struggle with a title or two. Starting with a simple stock photo, I added layers of texture and a desert palette of colors for a digitally rendered illustration more brilliant than its name (and I'm prosaicly modest, too).  


This 'Fan Art' was inspired by a favorite YouTube artist. Per my usual M.O., I first illustrate the subject in Illustrator, then add effect layers in Photoshop mixing grungy elements with actual photos of rock texture. Although this piece had been untitled for awhile, one beholder remarked that this image makes one think of solitude, so Solitude it is.

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© 2019 by Victoria Caro Johnson / The Sketchie Beast

 Ecclesiastes 3:11