Saturday, June 12, 2010

Jazz at the Airport

Jammin' Acrylic 30 x 24 SOLD

I've been asked about my jazz paintings currently on exhibit at the Victoria International Airport. So here are three of the images to give you an idea. They are part of a series called
"The Architecture of Jazz". This scene is the entrance to Market Square in Victoria, a popular place for festivals in the Summer.

Musical Spaces 2  Original Acrylic  30 x 24  $700 +s/h

These paintings were done with a palette knife on textured canvas. The canvas was textured first with molding paste, then the paint built up in many layers, creating a lot of depth and texture, to echo the depth and texture of jazz music. This scene depicts a loft space in Old Town with a view of the much loved Johnson Street Bridge, or the Blue Bridge, through the window.

Backstage Bebop   Acrylic on Canvas  30 x 24  $700 + s/h

The concept behind these paintings is that jazz musicians play together as a combo, then depart individually into their own musical space as they launch into improvisation. The musical spaces are represented by the architectural features of doorways, leaning and tilting as they move to the riffs and grooves of the music. Backstage Bebop has a forties feel to it, as so much great jazz music came out of that era. It depicts a lone musician warming up backstage.



  1. I really love these!Great movement and composition. It really captures the musicality.

  2. Hi. Thanks for visiting. I really like your Jazz paintings. Both colors and composition are intriguing and captivating.

  3. Hi Scott,
    Thanks very much for you feedback. I'm really happy that you think I capture the musicality, because I worked at that. Coming from a guy who's playing guitar in his photo, that's a real compliment!

  4. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for visiting me too! And thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it. It's so great to be able to meet and talk with other artists online and to see what they're creating also. I love your Water Ballerina. Especially her little tulle skirt. I can almost feel the fabric.

  5. Hi Claire,
    If I wasn't a painter, I'd be a musician. These paintings are awesome! I can feel the movement - lyrical and physical. Interesting compositions and points of view. Also, thank you for following my blog. It is encouraging to make new friends. Hope you have a great day. Cyndy

  6. Hi Cindy,

    Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed these paintings. I really love your work and look forward to visiting your blog again. When I started blogging a short time ago, I had no idea what a supportive world of artists there are out there. Happy painting! Claire

  7. Hello Clair

    Very nice paintings on your blog,
    I like the colors very much.

    Thanks for following my blog.

    Greetings from the Netherlands, Joop

  8. Hi Joop,

    Beautiful photographs. Love the close ups and your scenery pieces look almost like paintings.


  9. My favorite subject in the whole world!!!

  10. My husband would agree. He's my jazz muse!