I think this is simply marvellous! Their movements are in sync with the timing, rhythms and moods in the Symphony; the stage art and lighting also reflects the music.
Many people would say that animals cannot understand the concept of art, let alone paint anything, but upon looking at these paintings by two gorillas I think this is not true!
Above: Koko painting.
This is Michael’s painting of a bouquet of flowers:
I think it is beautiful!
Koko critiques her artwork:
Above: Dancing in snowflakes by Iris Grace.
I am very pleased to have found Iris’s website, for I saw her work a couple of years ago on a British online newspaper and had forgotten her name, but I had not forgotten the beautiful artwork she paints. They are absolutely beautiful! Iris is on the autistic spectrum and is only 6 years old! She is truly gifted.
Here is a gallery of her work. Wow!!!
“Spiegel im Spiegel” (German) translates into English “mirror in the mirror” as well as “mirrors in the mirror. This piece of music evokes an infinity of images or mirrors, in an atmosphere of endless tranquillity.
This painting came to me of its own accord, without my intention- I found myself sweeping a sponge to blend all the hues into a deep rich bronze background, and a meditative state came upon me.
As it dried I listened to the music and dipped my brush into the paints, creating lines of infinity as the music showed me how it wanted to come onto the canvas. The result is soft bronze and golden tones illustrating the gentle minimalist music.
“Spiegel im Spiegel” Acrylics on canvas, EwardianPiano.
Beethoven’s 5 Secrets– A Story.
Deep in the Vienna woods, Ludwig van Beethoven walks, pencil in his hand. Amongst the trees he finds refuge and inspiration. Here the Muse speaks to him…
He listens and writes in notes what she communicates in sound. Man and forest have an understanding. Music and nature dance in harmony.
In the future, a dancer listens and understands.
The Fifth Symphony is born from this connection of the spirit and Nature. It reveals passion, courage and glory.
The Cello sings with the Piano Guys; it knows from where its body originated- the forest, the source of Beethoven’s inspiration.
This is a series of drawings which are an expression of a reverie that I see every time I listen to Beethoven’s 5 Secrets. If only I could fully bring to life through my art what I see! I see a ballet production, with a series of moving images projected behind the dancers- of Beethoven in the woods, musical notes, colours, the cello…
The ballet tells the story of Beethoven walking in the woods composing the 5th symphony. The spirits of the forest bring him inspiration, and one (known to him as the Muse) connects with him deeply. She understands his art. The wind rushes through the trees and they seem to dance the rhythm of the 5th Symphony. In the future a young woman dances to the 5th recognising something within and The Piano Guys bring to the world Beethoven’s 5 Secrets…
The fiery passion that occurs towards the end of the first movement is shown in the ballet by a male figure joining the Muse and breathtaking leaps and turns. They are joined by the forest- a series of dancers all moving in synch, representing the harmony in music.
The music slows down..leaves the 5th and the forest grows quiet. The Muse is alone and fades slowly it the background as an image of the Cello and Beethoven flicker gently on the projection…
Why this comes to me I know not, as I have two left feet and couldn’t choreograph a dance for toffee. But come it does, so here is the story.
If only I could hook my brain up to a screen so someone could actually create this dance production- it would be magnificent!
About my artwork– these are pastel drawings which I edited in picmonkey and added overlays of portraits of Beethoven.
The Piano Guys:
I thought I would share with you the art of the Icelandic musician Jonsi (from Sigur Ros) and his American partner, Alex. Such beautiful people. I really love their work- both their art and their music. They create soulful, inspiring beauty in a world that needs more of this so much.
I was fortunate (a few years ago) in that I was able to buy the limited edition boxed set of their CD Riceboy Sleeps, which included a beautiful little hardback book of some of their artwork.
Below is the back of the book:
Simple, yet beautiful! Birds feature a lot in their art and music- almost like it is their motif.
Below are my two favourites inside the book:
I love the colours. The whole scene is so tranquil.
Below: On one page a boy stands in his school uniform next to a solitary tree whilst the opposite page shows birds flying over a lake. The two pieces of artwork are separate, yet we can fancifully let our imagination roam … the boy is dreaming of his summer holidays, watching birds soar into the sky over a lake glistening in the warm sunshine.
As you might have seen Jonsi and Alex find vintage photographs and incorporate them into their art. They have also used old books and window frames to create art that has charm, is heart-warming and poignant. I also love the idea of re-claiming items.
I highly recommend their CD Riceboy Sleeps– it was created acoustically (no electronic instruments) and produced in a rainforest on a solar powered laptop. It is ambient, soothing, magical. Their music is perfect for creating art to, meditating, giving or receiving holistic therapies to such as Reiki, writing…
Here is their website. This page shows their Windows…
Click on Gallery in their website to see more of their work.
(Autumn Trees, painting by EdwardianPiano)
Hermann Hesse, Bäume, Betrachtungen und Gedichte.
(Picture credit: https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/09/21/hermann-hesse-trees/ )
Minona van Beethoven (or Stackelberg)- beautiful drawings by the very talented artist, Jane Adams.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C3TIr2bBo0 – Barenboim’s noble rendering of the Appassionata Sonata
In my earlier post, More Sketches of Beethoven, I described a dream I had many years ago, that I tried to draw his daughter, who lived with him somewhere underneath Vienna. It seemed at the time to parallel his efforts at composition, a titanic process of inspirational song, rain-soaked notebooks and hours or months of cutting, shaping and refining – it did not come easy for him.
I brought from my dream’s dark-room an impression down the years, of a child with a wide face and a fringe. She was his child, or she was his soul – he looked through her eyes. I met him in my dream, and we made an agreement. That is all I remember – and the heart breaking toil of trying to portray her. In…
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