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YOUR MOMENT OF MUSIC AND ART, Week 7, from Pam and Wendell

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https://youtu.be/CgV-COswDQY

WEEK 7 –  YOUR MOMENT OF MUSIC AND ART features 1 of the 19 paintings Wendell created for our 2014 performance/exhibition NIGHT MUSIC, held at the FROM WARSAW TO WINSTON-SALEM CHOPIN BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL.  This was our first collaboration, with Pam recording all of the 19 Chopin Nocturnes and Wendell creating  a painting for each nocturne

Wendell says:  “For that project, I did a fair amount of reading about what colors are associated with what keys, according to a number of prominent synesthetes.  I found that there really is no consensus, but I did use this as a guide to my choice of colors.  In the case of Nocturne #1, I chose deep green for B-flat minor, the main key of the piece, and a rose/purple for the D-flat Major of the B section.  I found that, for me, the music calls to mind certain shapes and types of movement.  The haunting, almost improvisatory melody of the A section is represented by the looping, ribbon-like brushwork of the central section of the painting. 

Pam says:  “Our first collaboration showed us that I do not see like Wendell does, and he does not hear how I do – resulting in many lively conversations!  But, this video certainly gives the sense of journey that I feel when I play this first nocturne of Chopin’s, so full of mystery, sadness and joy (no matter how fleeting).  

We hope you will enjoy this. Please share with friends.

Until next week,

Pam and Wendell

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Your Moment of Music and Art from Pam and Wendell, Week 6

February has us continuing on with Chopin’s music. Pam has always associated this month with Chopin’s birthday, although there has always been a disagreement about his actual birth date – February 22 or March 1! Week 6 combines Chopin’s “Farewell Waltz” (the first Chopin piece that Pam fell in love with at 8-years old) with Wendell’s newly completed “October Tree Line #1” (24 x 24 acrylic on canvas). We hope you enjoy our continuing explorations combining music and art. You can see more at wendellmyers.com and pamelahowland.com

Your Moment of Music and Art, Week 5, from Pam and Wendell

Week 5 gave us new challenges and we hope that you will enjoy the pairing of Wendell’s “Winter Marsh” with Pam’s version of Chopin’s A Minor Mazurka, Op. 17 No. 4.  The combination has the feel of a journey, both in the varied subtlety of Wendell’s landscape and in the form of the music itself.  It is written in an A-B-A form, beginning in the somber minor mode, switching to A Major in the more hopeful “B” section, only to return to the melancholy minor key.  

Your Moment of Music and Art, Week 4, From Pam and Wendell

https://youtu.be/fUG-iGmlZ7c

Dear Friends,

Here is our Week 4 Offering:

Chopin’s Mazurka in B-flat Major, Op. 7 No. 1 is one of his most lively mazurkas.  It is fun to play and also to imagine the dancers and folk musicians perhaps playing violins, flutes and bagpipes – especially towards the end of the piece. Wendell chose his painting “Poppies” (acrylic on paper 11 x 7.5), for its exuberant folk art character, which pairs well with this Polish folk dance.  When you visit the Polish countryside you will see fields of beautiful poppies – the national flower of Poland.

To see more go to wendellmyers.com and pamelahowland.com

Please enjoy and share with your friends.   

Thank you, as always,

Pam and Wendell

Your Moment of Music and Art Week 3

This week features Pam’s version of Chopin’s Mazurka in G Minor, Op. 67 No. 2 and Wendell’s “Evening Approaches.” About this collaboration: Pam says: “This mazurka is an example of the kujawiak type of mazurka – slow and melancholic- from the Kujawy region of Poland. One of my favorite things about it is that Chopin interrupts the main melody with a mournful little solo line for right- hand only, before returning to the main theme.” Wendell says: “I chose ‘Evening Approaches’ to accompany this mazurka because I think this bleak landscape visually echoes the slow, melancholic nature of the piece. I paired the short, blues-like right hand solo melody with a focus on a relatively empty section of the horizon in the left-side of the painting, visually reflecting the spare, mournful character.” Please enjoy!

Your Moment of Music and Art, Week 2

Ridgeline with Red Trees
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30

Your Moment of Music and Art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1mkVbWOVUQ&t=4s


Welcome to 2019! We are taking on the challenge of combining our talents to deliver a regular moment of beauty to you in 2019. Each “Moment” will feature a one-take musical performance by Pamela Howland and a painting by Wendell Myers. This week features Chopin’s E Minor Mazurka, Op. 17 #2 paired with “Mountain Mists.” Look for this on Mondays, and if you like this, please subscribe to this channel to receive future episodes.

October Tree Line #1

October Treeline # 1

October Treeline # 1

New Show at Diamondback Grill in Winston-Salem

Flash of Blue in Gold, abstract landscape painting by Wendell Myers 

Flash of Blue in Gold, Acrylic on Canvas, 40″x16″ Wendell Myers

This is one of 10 new paintings in my show at Diamondback grill https://www.diamondbackgrill.com .  There are 19 paintings in this show, which well be up through the end of August.

abstract landscape acrylic on canvas

Darkening Sky over Red and Gold, Acrylic on Canvas, 40″ x 16″

abstract landscape painting by Wendell Myers

Golden Sky over Red, Acrylic on Canvas, 40″ x 16″

Thoughts on Quality Materials

stretcher bars assembled and ready

One of the things that has continued to frustrate me throughout my painting experience is the difficulty of finding materials and supplies that are of consistently high quality but are still affordable.   There are lots of products out there, whether you are talking about paints, brushes, canvas or whatever.  Much of what is available, unfortunately, caters to the casual hobbyist, for whom the main consideration appears to be cost.  Lots of supplies are available in rediculously small quantities (e.g. 2 oz tubes or jars of paint), and quality that is mediocre at best.  I guess this makes sense for people who paint small paintings on an occasional Sunday afternoon, hang them in the guest bedroom or give them all away to family and friends, but if you’re serious about what you are doing, it just doesn’t cut it.  Finding quality paint is pretty easy. Most folks agree that you can’t go wrong using either Golden or Liquitex.  Quality is consistently very high with both brands.  Affordability for many is an issue with these brands; they are not cheap, but in terms of cost per painting, both brands are reasonable.  There are lots of other brands out there, which one could certainly try, but these two appear to be the standards by which other brands are judged.  

For me, the real challenge (leaving brushes aside for now) has been finding consistently high quality, at an affordable price, in canvases, whether you are talking about prestretched canvases, or bulk canvas and stretchers.  As I said in my last post, one advantage of stretching your own canvases is that it gives you complete control over quality.  You can (and should) select the highest quality canvas and stretchers that you can afford (more on this in a future post).  

Prestretched canvases are more problematic, due to the expense of the human labor involved in their preparation.  Most of what’s on the market is imported from countries in Asia where labor is much cheaper.  Some of the quality is really, totally, abysmal. I started with Michaels, and their best prestretched canvases are the “Artists Loft” gallery wrapped, 1.5″ deep. They are kind of pricey, but often on sale for 40 or 50% off.  Sometimes you can do even a little better than that.  I watch for sales and only buy them on sale (you can sign up for email notification on Michael’s website).  The quality is really good, but I still occasionally have encountered problems.  i have one finished painting, which I like quite a bit, which will need to be restretched because one stretcher has bowed inward; apparently too much tension on the canvas.  Some don’t have enough tension and develop ripples at the corners.

Looking for a less expensive option, I tried prestretched canvases from wholesaleartsframes.com, an online source in California.  Their prices were great but their quality was terrible.  I ordered several 24 x24 inch, several 30 x 30 inch and one 24 x 48.” Pam urged me to return the entire shipment, but I thought it was not bad enough to justify the hassle of repacking the entire shipment and returning it.  I am still regretting that decision!  I have restretched several of the worst, and have framed one to get rid of the warp.  Just noticed the other day that one of these isn’t square, isn’t even close, and I have been working on this painting on and off for a year.  I will either have to just trash it or restretch it and rework portions.low quality stretcher strips

Some of the stretchers from canvases I have restretched are pictured here.  Don’t know if the poor quality really comes across, but these are flimsy, light weight, full of knots and splits, twisted, warped, terrible!

A brand that’s very popular around here is “The Edge” gallery wrapped canvas.  I have tried these, and I don’t believe the quality is acceptable.  Pretty flimsy stretchers with a tendency to warp.

One that’s quite a bit better is Paramount Pro.  This is a good, heavyweight canvas on pretty heavy duty stretcher bars with 1.5″ depth, which is available from multiple different online sources.  Again, watch for sales, you don’t want to pay full price.  I am currently looking for something of even better quality, as these sometimes come with dents and dings along the edge, which is a real issue since I don’t frame my paintings.

I’ll let you know when I find it!  Any suggestions are very welcome!