For several months I have been riding a wave of artistic activity.
“Burning the candle”
The result is a set of oil paintings which revisit some of the most memorable of scenes from my Beethoven by Bike travels… with more than just a nod to Beethoven.
There are moments in the last 3 sonatas, especially the very last, (opus 111 ) when the radiance and relief of dawn whispers into being.
It is this sublime essence of nature and her cycle of the day that I have attempted to portray.
To accompany these there are sweet memories that for me encapsulate the personality of the countries I passed through.
A fresco. (Greece, where else?!)
The view from a friend’s farmhouse.
As usual, inspiration crashes in rather late in the day. (I’m adept at creating a raft of jobs at the 11th hour!)
So in addition, around each of the “grown up” oils, there will be an orbit of little prints of water colours that I painted while I travelled.
This gives a context of time and place…. Little gems of character.
So beside each of the “dawn ” paintings, will sit an extract of a score that I played from as I found pianos.
This to epitomise and distil the sense of the painting, the music, the experience of life in those wonderful moments.
The swell of appreciation is something that I hope will infuse the Tangerine Tree Café in Totnes for the month of October.
Do come along if you are in the area.
You could even order some gorgeous Christmas cards!