"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Begins with Ballerina #31

Ballerina #31 / oil on canvas panel
So happy to spend the day in my studio today with Ballerina #31 and Sir Colin Davis. I didn't get a chance to listen to the Messiah around the holidays last year so today I played the entire recording by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Sir Colin Davis in 2006. I still think it is the best recording of Handel's Messiah that I have ever heard. I am mesmerized by it and entirely swept away. What a wonderful day it was!

16 comments:

  1. I love the colors you've chosen for this painting. It sounds like your day was perfect. Music and art…it doesn't get better than that!

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    1. I had fun with the colors in this - something a bit different. Yes, music and painting almost invariably go together for me!

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  2. Yippee! Yippee! Wow! So much fun! You are one rocking artist Susan! Keep on painting furiously with out abandonment! (Once I won a silent auction and got to be the conductor and lead the orchestra and chorus in the Hallelujah Chorus! So glad you listened to the Messiah and painted!) I love this one. I love them all!
    Keep it up!!!!
    Your Ballerina Loving Art Buddy In The Middle Of A Nor'Easter Snow Blizzard Loving Friend!
    Music On And Paint On!!!
    Michael

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    1. OMG, Michael, you conducted the orchestra and choir for the Hallelujah Chorus! That must have been a dream come true! I can't even imagine such a wondrous event! Wow - I am so happy for you!
      Hope you are loving all that snow and cold weather! :)

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  3. This is a very fun painting, Susan, and makes me think fondly of one of my teachers. Unlike my earlier tiny teacher, she presented a rather large comical figure in ballet attire. However, her understanding and presentation of the physics of dance was enlightening.

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    1. Ah, Diana, her attitude says it all. My ballerinas may look comical now and then but they are are quite serious about the dance!

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  4. Susan, I am so happy to read you had a fantastic day in the studio. The first thing i noticed about your ballerina was that she was singing, and then it struck me how much she reminded me of Mahalia Jackson. Hmmmm ... I think The Messiah had a wonderful, serendipitous effect on your painting today.
    I have never listened to The Messiah [probably because I avoid all things Christmas-y] but I do love Mozart's Requiem. I must give that version of Messiah a listen. :)
    Kathryn

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    1. Hi, Kathryn - I sheepishly admit to having to Google Mahalia Jackson. But now that I know her, I can see the connection! I love Mozart's Requiem as well - classical music is what I always come back to.

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  5. A wonderful ballerina to start the year with!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Ashok - and thank you for visiting my blog!

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  7. Zo te zien, heb je een perfecte dag beleefd Susan !
    groetjes,
    Simonne

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    1. Yes, it was a perfect day - sigh :)!

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  8. She seems to be saying 'Here I am, look at me' and how can you not lol , she's gorgeous !

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    1. It seems she thinks so as well! Thanks so much, Jane!

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