Sonata

Sonata
Sonata
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20

This painting is of my other daughter. It’s a painting of things she loves, right from the colors, to the music she’s playing, to her piano. She even gave the painting its name: Sonata. The day I took the pictures of her at the piano that were used in creating this painting, she was playing Moonlight Sonata; her favorite.

At first I was not sure about the name “Sonata”, but I realized that it actually fits so beautifully with the post I did earlier, and so, it’s actually perfect. A Sonata is a piece of music with three (or four) independent movements varying in key, mood, and tempo. Like the three phases I talked about in my previous post.

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I refer to my paintings as creations from stillness. I have found the best thing I can do as an artist is to get out of the way and let life paint what it wants to paint. I get inspiration about what each painting will be, and then, bit by bit, the general sense of it fills in, but that all comes from stillness, too.

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