Friday, April 25, 2014

Summer and Sambas

What would summer be without the bold big sunflower?  And how could it be summer without the samba played by Brazilian Eliane Elias?

Eliane Elias (eh-lee-AH-neh eh-LEE-ahs) (born March 19, 1960 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian jazz pianist, arranger, vocalist and songwriter.  She is one of my favorite jazz pianists.  Her mother was a classical pianist who had a huge collection of jazz records.  When Eliane was a little girl she grew up listening to jazz music being played in her home.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Just Tango On

I love the scene from “Scent of a Woman” where U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino), dances the Tango with the beautiful Donna. Slade and his young companion Charlie, find themselves at a restaurant, observing a beautiful young woman (Gabrielle Anwar), waiting for her date. The blind Colonel takes her for a tango on the restaurant's dance floor.

This abstract print from my original painting seeks to capture the depth of passion in the Tango and the powerful feelings of the blind Frank Slade. I have used army colors and black for Pacino along with yellows, pinks and reds for his dancing partner. The paint is put down with bold strokes to express passion and the movement of the dance.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sassy Crow

Crows are sassy and cocky and also mesmerizing. This giclee print evolved from my original acrylic painting. It has abstract twist to it now. That crow tinkered with all the filters in Photoshop and came out looking so pleased with himself. You can find him on:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Jazzy Blue Fruit

A bowl of winter fruit all in blue -- it didn't start out that way. My photo was a straight forward picture in yellow and reds. But with some digital magic, it is now rather jazzy looking and certainly more interesting. You can see it in its full presentation here:

This is Oscar Peterson's jazz version of "Girl Talk" ... just the right tune for the calmness of blue. Peterson was one of my dad's favorite jazz pianists. I grew up knowing his music very well.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Arctic Drifting

Some intense digital filtering brought a new piece of artwork. Amazing how you can take a still life and turn it into an underwater romance. Philippe Saisse's rendition of "If I Ever Loose Heaven" is one of my favorite tunes. I like it with this print called "Arctic Drifting".

This is a fine art giclée print with intense color and powerful imagery. You can see it on:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thoughts in Blue

Sometimes when we get away our minds find new paths, new thoughts. This jazz melody played by George Shearing is called, "It Never Entered My Mind". It is from this tune that the painting takes its name -- Thoughts in Blue.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sexy, Sassy Tangerine

Taken from my original acrylic painting, this giclée print — pronounced “ghee-KLAY” — fits an 11 x 14 inch frame when matted. The inspiration for this portrait came from the jazz classic entitled "Tangerine". The music was written by Victor Schertzinger, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song was published in 1941.