On August 31st I received my favorite kind of Facebook message - the kind asking for a custom painting! Matt Gabriel, a musician and a fella I've known for quite some time - told me the names of some of the paintings I've done previously that he liked so I could get an idea for the style he was interested in. He then requested a 18x24" painting and asked me to listen to one of the coolest things I've ever heard for inspiration!
Matt asked me to listen to Rimsky-Korsakov's symphony "Scheherazade" and see what kind of imagery came out of it. He also told me the story of Scheherazade which is mighty interesting:
There's a Persian king whose first wife is unfaithful to him. In his rage, he marries a new virgin every day, then beheads her the next day (ouchies). He did this 1,000 times until he met Scheherazade. She told him a very elaborate story that was exciting to the king. Then she stopped in the middle of the story, saying she would tell him the rest tomorrow. The king wanted to hear the rest of the story so he invited her to stay another night. The next night she told him a new story, just as exciting and elaborate as the first, again stopping halfway through. She did this for 1,000 nights. On the 1,001 night she told the king she had no more stories. By then they had fallen in love with each other and the king made her his queen.
I listened to the symphony over and over and it was beautiful. I never got sick of it. It's really lovely (I'm putting the link at the bottom of the page so you can feel its prettiness too!). So here are the practice paintings I made while listening to it:
For this one I used a palette knife, paper towel, my fingers and brushes to move the paint. There's a lot of layers in this one to create an appearance of light to symbolize Scheherazade and how her intelligence saved her own life and the king from continuing his murderous sadness and anger.
This one has more of a watercolor feel to it and had mountain-like forms meant to symbolize the king's journey to find Scheherazade. The white chalk pastel circles around the black and blue bubble forms were meant to pay homage to the virgins who lost their lives while the king searched for some type of closure.
This is the final practice painting I made which combined elements that Matt told me he liked about each of the first two. This piece is also mixed media and created using a similar approach as the first practice painting.
This photo shows the 3 practice paintings with one of the progress shots of the final painting below it. Matt purchased the first two practice paintings as add-ons with his final painting, which leaves the final practice painting available for sale to anyone who finds this story interesting/the imagery pleasing! You can purchase it here & get free shipping to your home!
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