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This oil on canvas painting features a female nude playing piano with passion. Surrounding the grand piano are a French horn, violin, cello, saxophone and bass. All the music instruments in this conservatory reflect in the shiny wood floor.This midnight blue boudoir scene is lit by the full moon shining through the window.
We are a family of music lovers. My earliest remembrance of enjoying music was as a young child lying on the living room carpet on Sunday evenings with my dad listening to Beethoven, Wagner, Verdi and Liszt on our hi-fi record player while he told me stories of the composers by candlelight. One of my favorites was Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila. Then we got a TV and watching the musical acts actually perform on the Ed Sullivan Show was fantastic. Singing and dancing around the kitchen floor with my mom and dad was a wonderful part of my childhood. Although no one in my family has had a career in music, everyone in the last five generations has had the pleasure of being able to play a musical instrument. We have guitar players, accordion players, a piano player, a saxophone player and a flute player. My husband and I met in a band.
I always listen to music when I paint and I find myself getting lost in the moment. The movement of my paint brushes reflect the beat in the music; my thoughts relax and cares slip away. When I paint a detailed subject like a child's portrait or still life painting, I enjoy the gentle sounds of John Denver, Rita MacNeil, Bon Jovi. When I paint a loose sports action watercolor with wild carefree splashes, I listen to upbeat tempo music like Lady Gaga, U2, the Stones. I find that the '60's oldies rock 'n roll pretty much suits everything I paint. It has been a natural progression, therefore, that music should be included in my paintings.
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July 25th, 2010
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