Add Some Pizzazz to Your Home

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abstract painting, artwork, paintingWhy not add some pizzazz to your home?  When others enter your home do they see your personality?  I have been in many extravagant homes with high price tags and high end furnishings and fixtures BUT… they are so booooooring.   No personality of the homeowner can be seen.  Themselves or their designs have selected some “art prints” that might compliment their color scheme but they blend into the boring design.

Now I have also been in modest homes that celebrate their personalities.  The homes are full of sentimental items, reminders of their travels and ALWAYS have original art.  What is your home saying about you?  The new definition of luxury is not the price tag of your home, your artwork and items – it is spaces full of your personality and thoughtful items and artwork.

Be your original YOU.   Buy original art!

Thelonious Monk – “Blue Monk”

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Blue Monk” is a jazz standard written by Thelonious Monk that has become one of his most enduring tunes. First recorded for the album Thelonious Monk Trio, it is a B flat blues and is similar to the jazz tune “Pastel Blue”.

This song and Thelonious was the inspiration for this painting. Improvisational, movement, rhythm and colorful…Thelonious himself.

Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917– February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “‘Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “In Walked Bud,” and “Well, You Needn’t”. Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed more than 1,000 pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.

His compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk’s unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.

He was renowned for his distinctive style in suits, hats, and sunglasses. He was also noted for an idiosyncratic habit observed at times during performances: while the other musicians in the band continued playing, he would stop, stand up from the keyboard, and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano.

Monk is one of five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time, after Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington, and before Wynton Marsalis.

Are you buying Art Muzak?

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Jane Robinson, Art, PaintingAre you buying art muzak?  You are probably scratching your head wondering what in the hell is art muzak?  Well, let me paint you a picture.  You probably know what muzak is… you know that background, generic, instrumental music piped into the elevator, waiting rooms, grocery stores, etc.  Often diluting popular music (like the Beatles) to a milk-toast, tasteless sensory experience.  Many comedy skits have an endless amount of material regarding muzak – think Saturday Night Live.

Well art muzak is the same.   You know the kind.  Generic, milk-toast, decor people (or their designers) choose for their homes.   It too dilutes art to a bland sensory experience AND art (and music) was never intended to do that.

So break out of the art muzak stupor seek out original art that speaks to your soul.  #AbstractMoxy

Marvin “Hannibal” Peterson – Abstract

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Jane Robinson Abstract ArtHannibal Lokumbe (born Marvin Peterson on November 11, 1948 in Smithville, Texas) also known mononymously as Hannibal, is an American jazz trumpeter and composer. His album “Angels of Atlanta” was the inspiration for this large abstract (measuring 48X 36″) – One of the most ambitious works ever by Marvin Hannibal Peterson – a larger work dedicated to the 20 African-American children murdered by a serial killer in Atlanta, performed here with a mix of choral voices and jazz instrumentation!  

This painting will be exhibited in the Chicago One of a Kind Show Dec. 4th – 7th.  Stop by my gallery booth to see the mixed media of grandular nuggets, gold leaf and

 

Luxury Redefined –

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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.

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Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo,commonly known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Grammy Award–winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time Magazine has 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.

Abstract work inspired by Steveland Hardaway. Who?

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Stevie Wonder: Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his landmark to be a pioneer and innovator in the music industry.

Listening to Stevie Wonder while painting inspired these two works incorporating rhythm, percussion and his soulful, funky melodies.  Stevie’s life is colorful, tragic and inspirational all at the same time.  Look at these and find “Livin for the City” and “Superstition”.

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