You haven’t heard from me in awhile….because everyone else is sucking my time…and soul. Like you I have the best laid plans for the day or week but then my time begins to get sucked up by things and people (most of them I love to death).
My husband has been out of state for the week and I had sooooo been looking forward to time alone so I could paint, work on a project I am creating, clean the studio, eat ice-cream for dinner, take a long fall walk in the woods but NOOOOOOOOO. Little by little people who depend upon me needed my help and I cannot say no to those I love. I had a 99 yr old cousin (Betty) who is alone and scared of death – I go and see her everyday. One of my daughters is a single mother and her youngest had no school today so needed me to have him over night and until she got off work today. Someone rear ended my car so it is in the shop and that is a pain in the ass…insurance claims, estimates, car rentals.
I yearn for my studio. Uninterrupted creative time…no clocks, no obligations…just paint and listen to jazz. Currently I am working on a new project of painting canvas panels to hang from carved wooden rods. Tomorrow I promise myself studio time and will post new photos soon.
Does this happen to you? What is sucking your time?
Do you remember the Bossa Nova? This new painting was inspired by the cool jazz sound of the Bossa Nova. It measures 30X40X1.5 and ready to hang. $1,100.
Bossa nova is a genre of Brazilian music, which developed and was popularized in the 1950s and ’60s and is today one of the best-known Brazilian music genres abroad. The phrase bossa nova means literally “new trend” (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɔsɐ ˈnɔvɐ] (listen)). A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova acquired a large following in the 1960s, initially among young musicians and college students.
In Brazil, the word “bossa” is old-fashioned slang for something that is done with particular charm, natural flair or innate ability. As early as 1932, Noel Rosa used the word in a samba:
“O samba, a prontidão e outras bossas são nossas coisas, são coisas nossas.” (“The samba, the readiness and other bossas are our things, are things from us.”)
The exact origin of the term “bossa nova” still remains uncertain. Within the artistic beach culture of the late 1950s in Rio de Janeiro, the term “bossa” was used to refer to any new “trend” or “fashionable wave”. In his book Bossa Nova, Brazilian author Ruy Castro asserts that “bossa” was already in use in the 1950s by musicians as a word to characterize someone’s knack for playing or singing idiosyncratically. Castro claims that the term “bossa nova” might have first been used in public for a concert given in 1958 by the Grupo Universitário Hebraico do Brasil (University Hebrew Group of Brazil). This group consisted of Sylvinha Telles, Carlinhos Lyra, Nara Leão, Luizinho Eça, Roberto Menescal, et al. In 1959, Nara Leão also participated in more than one embryonic display of bossa nova. This included the 1st Festival de Samba Session, conducted by the PUC’s (Pontifícia Universidade Católica) student union. This session was then chaired by Carlos Diegues, a law student that Leão ultimately married.
Bossa nova is most commonly performed on the nylon-string classical guitar, played with the fingers rather than with a pick. Its purest form could be considered unaccompanied guitar with vocals, as created, pioneered, and exemplified by João Gilberto. Even in larger, jazz-like arrangements for groups, there is almost always a guitar that plays the underlying rhythm. Gilberto basically took one of the several rhythmic layers from a samba ensemble, specifically the tamborim, and applied it to the picking hand. According to Brazilian musician Paulo Bitencourt, João Gilberto, known for his eccentricity and obsessed by the idea of finding a new way of playing the guitar, often locked himself in the bathroom, where he played one and the same chord for many hours in a row.
As in samba, the surdo plays a sort of “heartbeat” rhythm on beat one, the “and” of beat two, beat three, and the “and” of beat four. The clave pattern sounds very similar to the two-three or three-two son clave of Cuban styles such as mambo but is dissimilar in that the “two” side of the clave is pushed by an eighth note. Also important in the percussion section for bossa nova are the pandeiro—played on beats two and four—and the cabasa, which plays a steady eighth-note or sixteenth-note pattern.
Bossa nova has at its core a rhythm based on samba. Samba combines the rhythmic patterns and feel originating in former African slave communities. Samba’s emphasis on the second beat carries through to bossa nova (to the degree that it is often notated in 2/4 time). However, unlike samba, bossa nova doesn’t have dance steps to accompany it. When played on the guitar, in a simple one-bar pattern, the thumb plays the bass notes on 1 and 2, while the fingers pluck the chords in unison on the two eighth notes of beat one, followed by the second sixteenth note of beat two. Two-measure patterns usually contain a syncopation into the second measure. Overall, the rhythm has a “swaying” feel rather than the “swinging” feel of jazz. As bossa nova composer Carlos Lyra describes it in his song “Influência do Jazz”, the samba rhythm moves “side to side” while jazz moves “front to back”. Bossa nova was also influenced by the blues, but because the most famous bossa novas lack the 12-bar structure characteristic of classic blues, as well as the statement, repetition and rhyming resolution of lyrics typical of the genre, bossa nova’s affinity with the blues often passes unnoticed.
Aside from the guitar style, João Gilberto’s other innovation was the projection of the singing voice. Prior to bossa nova, Brazilian singers employed brassy, almost operatic styles. Now, the characteristic nasal vocal production of bossa nova is a peculiar trait of the caboclo folk tradition of north-eastern Brazil.
The lyrical themes found in bossa nova include women, love, longing, homesickness, nature, and the best of youth. There are two thematic types of bossa nova: the early bossa nova (beginning in the late 1950s), and the bossa nova after the coup d’état of 1964. The musical lyrics of the late 1950s depicted the easy life of the middle to upper-class Brazilians, though the majority of the population was in the working class. However, in conjunction with political developments of the early 1960s (especially the 1964 coup d’état), bossa nova style became more “angry”, with lyrics becoming more thematically charged, referring explicitly to people’s struggles and liberty.
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.
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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
Why 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.
“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.
Are 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