When someone contacted my about creating an original painting to give his wife for their wedding anniversary I was excited about the project. This was a secret so trying to create something for their home without her input was a challenge. I asked the husband to send along photos of their home and spot he thought about hanging it. This gave me a good idea of their color scheme, design style and room layout.
He said he wanted a pop of color in the room and something his wife would be reminded of their love.
These modern abstracts were created while listening to the album “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”. It is a piece of jazz perfection with many great jazz musicians.
You might see the influence of the early 60’s jazz scene in these paintings. They will be shipped to the Martin Wood Showroom (interior design) in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. If you are interested in purchasing one or both of them please contact me. Or you can see them at my booth at the Spring One of a Kind Show in the Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Oliver Nelson Septet – Stolen Moments (1961)
Musicians: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute), Oliver Nelson (tenor sax, arrange), George Barrow (baritone saxophone), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)
from the album ‘THE BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH’ (Impulse! Records)
The song was the first track recorded during the sessions for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and was intended for inclusion on the album. Instead, with the group under record-company pressure to release a single, it was issued in February 1967 as a double A-side with “Penny Lane“. The combination reached number two in Britain, breaking the band’s four-year run of chart-topping singles there, while “Strawberry Fields Forever” peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in America.
Numerous music critics consider it to be one of the group’s best and most adventurous recordings. Among the breakthroughs it established in studio techniques of the time, for a single release, the track incorporates reverse-recorded instrumentation and tape loops, and was created from the editing together of two separate versions of the song – each one entirely different in tempo, mood and musical key. The song was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour LP (although not on the British double EP package of the same name).
“Strawberry Fields Forever” is one of the defining works of the psychedelic rock genre and has been covered by many artists. The Beatles made a promotional film clip for the song that is similarly recognised for its influence in the medium of music video. The Strawberry Fields memorial in New York’s Central Park is named after the song
You might have noticed that I never sign my abstract paintings on the front. Why? Because I want you, the collector, to decide the orientation for your personality and your space. I love this painting but I would probably hang is horizontally over the side board in our dining area. But it not stay in this location forever and I might decide to hang it vertically in the hallway next year. With the absence of a signature on the front the options belong to you.
The title of this painting was inspired by the jazz song “Surrender” by Jonathon Butler. Jonathan Kenneth Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music. Born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa, during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child.
Add some abstract moxy in your life. #AbstractMoxy
Need Art? Why not commission a piece specific for your space? While we all know that artwork does NOT need to match our sofa…we DO need art that compliments our color palette and aesthetic style. By having a painting that is created for your specific space you add YOUR personality…abstract moxy.
Want to discuss the possibilities? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
This large abstract painting was inspired by the Nigerian artist, Sade. Her vocals are so soothing, soft and yet powerful. This large painting is signed on the back and canvas edge so you can display horizontally or vertically in your space. $2,200.00
Angetlique Kidjo’s jazzy, funky music was the inspiration for this modern abstract painting. Her music is so recognizably unique that it inspires me to march to my own drummer. The album I was listening to was “Keep on Moving” … and I will.
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo,commonly known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Grammy Award–winning Beninoisesinger-songwriterand activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time Magazinehas called her “Africa’s premier diva”. The BBC has included Kidjo in its list of the African continent’s 50 most iconic figures. The Guardian has listed her as one of its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World and Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes Magazine. The Daily Telegraph in London describes her as “The undisputed queen of African music” during the 2012 Olympic Games River of Music Festival. In March 2013, NPR, National Public Radio in America, called her “Africa’s greatest living diva”.
While working various day jobs to pay for her tuition, Kidjo studied music at the CIM, a reputable jazz school in Paris where she met and married musician and producer Jean Hebrail, with whom she has composed most of her music. She started out as a backup singer in local bands. In 1985, she became the frontsinger of the known Euro-African jazz/rock band Jasper van’t Hof’s Pili Pili. Three Pili Pili studio albums followed: Jakko (1987), Be In Two Minds (1988, produced by Marlon Klein) and Hotel Babo (1990). By the end of the 1980s, she had become one of the most popular live performers in Paris and recorded a solo album called Parakou for the Open Jazz Label.
Do you hate what HGTV has become as much as I do? When HGTV first aired it was a “design” show. We could watch and get inspired to do something new and clever to our spaces but now it has morphed into a real estate show. All the programs are “house hunters”, “house hunters international”, “your first place”, “love it or leave it” and dozens of other shows where real estate is the feature. Additionally ALL of the homes are BORING and so predictable. Every home hunter wish list includes:
Stainless steel appliances
Open floor plan
Neutral tiled bathrooms
Our homes and personal spaces need our personal touch. Begin with your favorites things, play with color, placement and do the unexpected. Turn your dining room into your bedroom or great room into your study, office or art studio. Please don’t worry about “everything matching” … that is a recipe for boring and predictable. Buy art that you love and mix styles. Inspired intoxication is the goal. Let your home speak you language. After all who wants a HGTV home? No one.