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.
This was the end result. She loved it!
Painting title: Big Joe Henderson
This painting was inspired by the music of Big Joe Henderson. His bebop jazz brings movement and joy into this creative process. He co-led the Jazz Communicators with Freddie Hubbard from 1967 to 1968…another great jazz leader.
Joe Henderson (April 24, 1937 – June 30, 2001) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. In a career spanning more than 40 years Henderson played with many of the leading American players of his day and recorded for several prominent labels, including Blue Note.
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?
Every imaginable medium of art is on display at the Ann Arbor Art Fair that opens today — prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture fiber works, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass, leather, mixed media, digital and craftwork. Let’s see, what else? Oh, yeah:
With the work of more than 1,000 artists on display at the fair, which runs through Saturday, it’s a little surprising that just about 13% of the artists — roughly 130 — are working in the fundamental medium of painting. The good news for those who love the thrill of paint, especially oils or acrylics on a support base like canvas, is that the fair boasts enough work in all manner of figurative and abstract styles for folks to get their fill. You just have to be patient.
“It’s true that you do have to search a little bit, but I don’t feel lonely,” said Jane Robinson, an abstract painter who lives and works in Jackson. “It’s perfectly fine that people come to the fair looking for $50 earrings, but those who are interested in original paintings will find me. They’ll spot me from four or five booths away.”
Now in its 56th year, the Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the country. It is actually four independent fairs that merge into a single organism, while each individual fair retains a unique character based on geography, art, prices, mission, history and surrounding businesses.
The highest concentration of quality work — especially painting — can be found at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, and at Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair.
Andy Fletcher, who lives in Wisconsin on the Mississippi River, will be showing his paintings at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. He does mostly landscapes, creating soft-focused, moody pictures of broad, rural horizons, quiet farmhouses and subtle forms. The size of his work ranges from 7-by-10 inches up to 30-by-50 inches, with prices from about $250 to $2,500.
“Painting helps me make sense of the world,” said Fletcher, 37. “It captures who I am more than anything else.”
Of course, many artists would say something similar about their favorite medium, whatever it may be. Still, there is something magical about the emotional impact of paint on canvas — the depth and nuance of expression that a loaded brush can convey, the power of color, the physical immediacy of a great painting and the incomparable tradition and history of the medium dating back thousands of years.
“Things happen more slowly when I paint,” said Fletcher. “It’s very personal and meditative. I remember my emotional reactions to things, and where I come from and who I am — it all shows up in the decisions of what I include and what I don’t.”
Though Robinson works in a different style rooted in mid-20th Century abstract expressionism, her paintings also reflect her core being. There’s an improvisatory rhythm to her lines, shapes, colors and gestures that grows out of her love of jazz.
Her work can be seen at Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair. She mostly works on a large scale, with paintings up to 6 feet tall. Prices range from $150 to $1,200.
When Robinson was a teenager, she worked in a record store along side musicians, and one day, they played her Miles Davis’ “A Tribute to Jack Johnson,” and she was hooked.
“Abstract painting speaks the same language,” she said. “It can be free and flowing, with punches of personality. If you listen closely to musicians who are improvising, you can hear the nuances and how they play off each other.”
Robinson, who paints while listening to music, tries to bring a similar sensibility to the canvas. “There’s an immediacy to the expression,” she said. “Moving the brush, blending color and then doing a sudden bold stroke.”
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Title: Strawberry Fields, 36X36X1.5
“Strawberry Fields Forever” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. The song was written by John Lennon and credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership. It was inspired by Lennon’s memories of playing in the garden of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army children’s home near where he grew up in Liverpool.
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.
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