Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Light as Air

Light as Air, 6 x 6, acrylic and collage on 3/4" wooden cradle board

This painting began on a map, but the map layer got lost in the creative process, I'm sorry to say. The map itself was printed in navy and sea green, which inspired the color you see in the background here. So, I left the map and bits of the colored papers I used to collage over it showing and unpainted along the edges of the painting. I'm pretty happy with the result, lost map notwithstanding!

We went to an incredible performance by the fine arts department at my son's small city high school last night. The school is so small, I would bet that a quarter of the student body participates in the music and drama departments' groups. Some students play or perform in multiple disciplines.

My son plays the upright bass in the chamber ensemble and the orchestra. I whined and complained all day because the same concert last year went on for three and one-half hours. This year, they trimmed it to two hours, and we heard jazz band, symphonic band, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra, and all manner of choral groups perform with great skill and joy. In between the sets, the drama students presented a funny skit which distracted and entertained the audience while the set changed backstage. It was inspirational to hear and see these young performers who've worked so hard and done so well. Way to go, JayeM music and drama departments!


Anna M. Branner said...

Go Matthew!! :)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hey, Anna! It was pretty awesome! See you today, I hope.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Your son is blessed to be at a school that seems to have a strong music and arts program. I think it's so important to foster that kind of appreciation in kids.

I hope some of my desserts this season do like your cupckae and fly off my plate before I can eat them!

Kerri Settle said...

Music and art - sounds like my kind of day! That cupcake isn't doing my sweet tooth any favors, BTW!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Deborah: We feel very lucky to have found this program for Matt to participate in. They do a great job for such a small place.

It's a hard time of the year for desserts, isn't it? Well, easy for the desserts....hard for the eaters!

Thanks, Kerri! I appreciate your visit to my blog.