Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Blues


6"x12" Oil Diptych
on Deep-Edged Panel
with Palette Knife
SOLD

Now this was a lot of fun to paint! Listening to the blues and painting expressive abstracts was very liberating for me.  This was a time when I just let loose and grooved with the canvas. 
So—Much—Fun! 

More music related abstracts to come. Stay tuned.

The series will be on display and for sale during 
The Frankin Art Scene 
at Shuffs Music, 118 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN
on September 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Crescendo


12"x16" Oil on Deep-Edged Canvas
with Palette Knife
SOLD

The next post in my music series is "Crescendo." Things are definitely building up to this Friday's show at Shuffs Music. If you're in town this weekend, please come by and see the show. I'd love to see you there.

There are more music inspired abstract compositions to come. Stay tuned.

The series will be on display and for sale during 
The Frankin Art Scene 
at Shuffs Music, 118 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN
on September 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Jazz Trio



12"x16" Oil on Deep-Edged Canvas
with Palette Knife
SOLD

"Jazz Trio" is the next post in my music series. A jazz trio is a group of three jazz musicians, often a piano trio comprising a pianist, a double bass player and a drummer. It amazes me how such a small group can generate such a rich and complex sound. There is so much texture and interweaving of music. I tried to convey those textures in the painting. Some are soft, others are more defined. The oranges and reds represent the bass. The blacks and whites represent the piano. The white also doubles with the yellow for the drums. All of the other colors represent the magic of jazz.

There are more music inspired abstract compositions to come. Stay tuned.

The series will be on display and for sale during 
The Frankin Art Scene 
at Shuffs Music, 118 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN
on September 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Adagio


5"x7" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
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The forth post on a series of abstracts based on music is called "Adagio."  It means "slow and leisurely." For this one, I listened to Beethoven's Adagio Cantabile (from Sonata Panthétique No 8, op 13)

There are more music inspired abstract compositions to come. Stay tuned.

The series will be on display and for sale during 
The Frankin Art Scene 
at Shuffs Music, 118 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN
on September 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Interlude

12"x12" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
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Interlude—the third post on a series of abstracts based on music. 
There are more music inspired abstract compositions to come. Stay tuned.

The series will be on display and for sale during 
The Frankin Art Scene 
at Shuffs Music, 118 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN
on September 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Allegro


6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
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This is the second post on a series of abstracts based on music.  
Allegro means "lively, brisk and rapid." I used a lot of warm colors on this one to convey the burning muscles and the instruments' heated friction when playing fast.

There are more music inspired abstract compositions to come. Stay tuned.


The series will be on display and for sale during 
The Frankin Art Scene 
at Shuffs Music, 118 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN
on September 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vivace


6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
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I've been playing a new tune lately—art for music lovers. 
This is the first post of a series of abstracts based on music. 
Entitled "Vivace," it means "lively, quick and upbeat."   
There are more music inspired abstract compositions to come. Stay tuned.


The series will be on display and for sale during 
The Frankin Art Scene 
at Shuffs Music, 118 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN
on September 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shady Spot and A Place of Renewal and Reflection


8"x10" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife
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Today's post is a shady sycamore painted en plein air for the Chestnut Group art event benefiting the Harpeth River Watershed. 

Painting outdoors is always a renewing experience. But this spot was particularly special for me. This tree lives by a pond on a farm which used to belong to the Christian/Pop singer Amy Grant. Back in the 90s, she hosted regular music/worship events in the barn on her farm. As a college student, I went to a couple of those events. They were very renewing for my faith life at that time. Returning over 20 years later to that same space as a painter gave me a lot to think about. I thought about where I've been and where I am now as both a person of faith and as an artist. I have much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for the gifts of renewing moments. I'm thankful for the gift of art and what it has done for my life. I'm thankful for the simple gifts of shady spots in nature—resting beside still waters. And most importantly, I'm thankful for a loving and patient God who gives all of those gifts and so much more.




You can learn more about the Chestnut Group event "Scenes of the Harpeth" here:

Scenes of the Harpeth