EdwardianPiano’s Artwork

Welcome to my art page!

 

Here are my paintings inspired by pieces of classical music. Each work is a Journey into sound, tone colours; experiencing the music and a personal interpretation.

I begin by listening to the music, following it and seeing what comes through. I paint in water colours and acrylics- colours and shapes.

Some of this work is collage, some of it is painted straight onto canvas, white card or paper. For the collaging technique, I paint colours onto paper. Once the paper is dry, I collage some of the works- ripping the paper into shapes and gluing them onto card in layers. I like this effect as it brings some depth and life to the art work. I am trying to capture movement in colours and tones and collaging helps evoke what I experience and “see.”

The finished work is then scanned into pic monkey online and effects are added to enhance the work (texture and colour)- some of the vibrancy is lost during scanning.

In some of the works I have overlayed the composer of the work onto the work- portraying him in the creative process.

For some of my works I have a verse, commentary or piece of fiction that I have included

I will be working on more art works on a regular basis- so please keep visiting my page.

J.S Bach, Air on a G String, metallic and acrylic paints on canvas.

Bach for wordpress

Sergei Rachmaninov, the 18th Variation, Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Guache paints on canvas.

Rachmaninov Rhapsody.framed

Ludovico Einaudi, The Waves.

Acrylics on canvas.

Einaudi the Waves

 

Ludwig van Beethoven. The Tempest Piano Sonata. 

Triptych minatures ( 3″ x 3″) on canvas, acrylics.

This set of paintings were done listening to Keiko Omura play The Tempest on a 1795 fortepiano ( you will see a post of her you tube recording on my blog page). The fortepiano has a very different sound to that of a modern piano; here the tone colours are more vibrant and there is greater contrast between the registers. The deep resonance of the bass notes presented themselves to me as a rich dark brown. The high register notes, came as white hot fire; rolling onto the canvas in their cry to be heard. The violet colour comes as searching for peace, composure; showing restraint, and yet the tremolos are ever present in the bass notes, coming through in black. Finally, the storm arrives- tumbling out in woody brown tones, met in the musical dance with passionate red and white hot fire of the high right hand notes.

The Largo is where it all begins…

1. Largo-Allegro in D minor.

Tempest1

 

The night is silent, one might say serene, but then-

thoughts spill out into sound;

notes jostling for space.

Hesitation-

what do I seek?

2. Adagio in B flat major.

Tempest.2

The wind sighs into the night sky-

Vienna sleeps, except for the pianoforte,

and fingers play on,

reaching for resolution-

Sturm oder Stille?

3. Allegretto in D minor.

Tempest3

Tones roar into the air-

sturm und drang, sorrow and sweetness;

ebbing and flowing,

pounding out powerful epiphanies-

they are one.

Claude Debussy- La Mer.

Debussy described this work as “symphonic sketches”. Unlike the works of most other composers before him who composed music on the theme of the Sea, there are no literary or human elements being evoked in this music- it is the sounds of Nature in all its raw glory. We hear the waves, the wind, droplets of spray, and feel the sensations of the movements of the Sea and the Wind. Debussy was also influenced by paintings of seascapes; he didn’t visit the Sea very much, although he had happy memories of spending time by the Sea in his childhood.

Through this music we get a glimpse into the world of the Sea. How does it experience itself? Human concepts of childhood, adulthood, enemies and friends- do not apply. The Sea to us is both playful like children, yet with the power to kill. There is life force in the Sea- spend long enough watching it and feeling its presence and this will be revealed….

Play of the Waves.

Leaping, turning, merging-

many become One;

breaking away, splashing,

eternally free-

wild ecstasy!

Play of the Waves

( Water colours on card-collage)

Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea.

Sky and Sea-

showers and spray,

storms and stillness-

roaring and whispering,

nature’s unity.

Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea

( Watercolour painting on white card)

copyrightLudwig van Beethoven, Symphony no 8 in F major.

I’ve read that this symphony contains musical jokes and is regarded by some as rather “strange”. It is a buoyant, uplifting symphony which belies the unhappiness of Beethoven’s life as he was composing it; in this case his art was not mirroring his life.  Perhaps this symphony came through to lift his mood and bring out his sense of humour.

symphony8 with B( Water colour painting on white card. Overlay: Beethoven conducting by Michel Katzaroff )

I did not set out specifically to journey into this symphony; rather the images and colours came to me as I was listening to this whilst at the gym!

I saw swirling movements of blues amongst yellow/gold. Hazy figures of sound danced amongst all this, especially in the second movement and the minuet. In and out of the musical question mark they came and merged back into from whence they came….

symphony8.2 with B(  Water colour painting on white card. Overlay: Beethoven conducting by Michel Katzaroff)

Painting movement is a challenge- this is only an impression of what I saw.

In dialoguing with the figures this is their story:

We are music-

created out of sound

we are alive!

when you play music

we dance.

We are imagination-

we dance your stories

into sound

come and play with us!

We have no beginning-

no end;

Eternally we dance

the song of the spirit.

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Ludwig van Beethoven. String Quartet in A minor, op 132. Allegro appassionato-Presto.

Upon listening to the Allegro appassionato I attempted to Journey into the music, to experience it in colour. The mind cannot easily grasp the meaning of op 132. The below collage painting is an impression of what I experienced. The reds and deep blues were more vibrant than is what in my paintbox; the turquoises and light blues shimmered. They were moving, alive.

Red depicts the passion of Beethoven’s creation, and his strength to carry on after a long stomach illness from which he thought he would not recover.

Dark blue is the cosmos meeting Beethoven in music.

Light blue is expansion and communication.

Turquoise is spiritual love reaching out into the world.

Yellow  is the colour of the solar plexus chakra -Beethoven sought healing of these areas. It awakens optimism, perception and wisdom. The colour of the Sun, it radiates joy. 

Quartet

 Water colour collage on paper and verse by EdwardianPiano.  Overlay: Beethoven portrait by Stephan Dekker, 1824

19 thoughts on “EdwardianPiano’s Artwork”

  1. This is beautiful! Thank you.

    • Very kind thank you. I’m no artist but I try lol.
      I painted the colours, then ripped them and collaged them,scanned the collage, and then uploaded it to pic monkey to add Beethoven on it and the verse.
      I have a Diploma in Colour Therapy, so colour is an interest of mine.

  2. Thank you for the pingback.:)

  3. That is a wonderful crisp period recording of the 8th. It and your art work show the cyclic circular dance movement in so much of Beethoven’s music – the movement and the play of the sound and his jokes – fascinating. I have that Katzaroff image of Beethoven conducting pinned to a cupboard door in my kitchen – I didn’t know who was the artist, before.

  4. Yes, I prefer period recordings of his music! Yes, the 8th speaks to me of movement, mirth and cycles. Beethoven was especially fond of this one himself.
    Katzaroff did quite a few poignant drawings of Beethoven.

  5. Beautiful artwork! I love how you use the color and shapes to express the music in a different medium.

    • Thank you very much Aubrey. I hadn’t done any art in years, and then it was drawings of people, never paintings. I only have an O level in Art ( the high school leavers certificate we had in school back in the 1980s). You can see why we have connected today..as it was classical music that gave me this idea!

  6. That’s very kind of you to say so Aubrey! I am at this moment collaging Fingal’s Cave- the painted papers are now dry..:)

  7. Saxo Ungrammaticus said:

    Wow, I’m impressed with your artwork, I’ve been listening to all of the late quartets this weekend, including opus 132 (my personal favourite). Thank you, I shall give your painting much thought as I listen once more to the allegro appassionato finale.

    The slow movement variations of the “Heiliger Dankgesang” in the same quartet is truly the best music I have ever heard, I always stand to attention when I hear the Andante subsidiary theme (‘Neue Kraft fühlend’). I wish to listen to this music when I’m on my deathbed.

    • Thank you very much Saxo! As I wrote to Aubrey- I haven’t even been to art college- I only have an O level (grade B) from school achieved in 1984 lol. I have some more ideas for art work over the autumn and winter- next up is The Tempest Sonata..:)
      I know what you mean about the “Heiliger Dankgesang”- it is very spiritual and special, and it is very difficult to explain the emotions it evokes in me.An extraordinary piece of music.

      • Saxo Ungrammaticus said:

        Wow, the new artwork for the Tempest Sonata is mesmerising, and the way you describe the contrast between the registers of the fortepiano in terms of colour is truly profound. May I share?

  8. Steve Morley said:

    Well done! This is absolutely beautiful. Do keep sharing these amazing experiences of yours.

  9. Thank you Saxo- I am glad you liked it. You may indeed share this art page, very kind. 🙂

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