For week 17 we have chosen the “Raindrop” Prelude (Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28 No. 15) by Chopin to be paired with Wendell’s painting called “Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat Major” (acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30, 2013). This “moment” is a study in dark and light contrasts, both in the music and in the art — somehow fitting for Easter and Passover.
For the dark moments in your life…This week we combine another one of Chopin’s Preludes – the short, dark piece in C Minor Op. 28 No. 20 – with one of Wendell’s new paintings – a short, dark work called “Light Over Mountains” 2019 (acrylic on paper, mounted on panel 7″ x5″). pamelahowland.com wendellmyers.com
This video for the last day of March/beginning of April features my arrangement of the beautiful song “Til There Was You” by Meredith Wilson (you will know it either from the musical “The Music Man” or from an early Beatles recording of it)– paired with Wendell’s glorious painting “Treeline #1” (acrylic, watercolor pencils, markers on paper, mounted on panel, 10 x 10, 2018) wendellmyers.com pamelahowland.com
This week I tried something new for the video, superimposing up to 4 different layers. I was afraid it might be too much, but I think it worked pretty well.
This week features a very blue fusion (both in palette and mood) with Wendell’s evocative painting, “Nocturne No. 6 in G Minor,” paired with the melancholy spiritual, “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child.” Wendell says about it: For week 13, I chose the painting “Nocturne No 6” because, although it was painted specifically in response to a different piece of music, the austere, almost desolate landscape fully reflects the emotional character of “Motherless Child.”
Today – St. Patrick’s Day – we present the beautiful song from “The Wizard of Oz,” – “Over the Rainbow.” Pam’s arrangement is fused with Wendell’s “Gold and Rose” painting (30 x 30 acrylic on canvas) — and we hope you enjoy this 2 minutes and 34 seconds!
Pam and Wendell welcome the March time change with a fusion of Pam’s arrangement of Gershwin’s “Summertime” (pamelahowland.com) with Wendell’s brand new painting “Low Country Gold” 30 x 40 acrylic on canvas (wendellmyers.com) We look forward to many more hours of sunlight and wish you a happy spring!
For this week’s painting, I wanted to evoke the South Carolina low country around Charleston and Kiawah (Kittiwah) island, settings of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” the opera which includes “Summertime.” This painting recalls the maritime forests and salt marshes along the Kiawah river.
For Week 10 we are combining Pam’s “Amazing Grace Celtic Medley” with Wendell’s “Six Trees with Yellow Sky” (acrylic on canvas, 12 x 30 from 2011, http://www.wendellmyers.com).
Pam arranged this medley for her Dad who was very proud of his Scots heritage, using several favorite Celtic tunes -Shenandoah, Loch Lomond, Auld Lang Syne, anchoring them with Amazing Grace. She says, “I love playing this piece because sometimes I have the feeling of not being sure which one I am playing (because they all have pentatonic melodies), and they all take me back to my childhood.”
We begin Week 9 of the new year with Chopin’s famous Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat Major, accompanied by Wendell’s painting of the same name (acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 ). As we head into the last week of February, we hope that you will enjoy this nostalgic music.
For this week Pam is
performing one of her favorite Chopin Nocturnes, #19 in E Minor.
Chopin wrote this nocturne while a teenager still living in Poland. However, it
was not published until after his death at age 39.
Wendell says “During
our NIGHT MUSIC collaboration in 2013 I did two paintings to accompany the 19th
Nocturne. I was not completely satisfied with the first one, so I did a 2nd
painting. Pam preferred the first painting, so I decided to keep it, whereas I
preferred the 2nd painting, which I titled ‘Nocturne 19 in #E Minor, Alternate
Take.’ I have decided to use both for this week’s video.”
Wendell ‘s comments
illustrate one of the challenges inherent in our collaborative process. We hope
you enjoy our Week 8 offering.