Music and Painting

As a musician and painter I’ve always listened to music while painting…
never the other way round though.
However, this one is about music moving my hand on canvas and although this was not the music I was listening to when I painted this ‘Character’, it may well had been.
In this version too, with Anne-Sophie Mutter. I was 11 when I first listened to it and I still remember each and every note. Dad too, who caught me putting it on the turntable when I wasn’t allowed anywhere near the stereos! 😉 Had been doing that since the age of 7 but hadn’t been caught – I was really good remembering every detail of the process [carefully handling the record without leaving fingerprints, gently cleaning with this special vinyl cleaner -curved velvet with a beautiful wooden handle]- while it was turning and then carefully placing the needle on the record… then: magic!] I bless him for having such an amazing music library…
I know that one day my M. Bruch imaginary landscapes will re-emerge.
Till they do…
“Character no22” 1999 © marina kanavaki
Technique: Oil on paper
Original size: 23×33,5cm [50×60 framed]
from my solo exhibition in 1999 at Epohes Gallery: “CHARACTERS

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 In G Minor Op 26

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

dir. Herbert von Karajan

I sincerely hope this version is available to all my friends [no mp3 to upload… it’s in vinyl!]
In case it doesn’t work though – next best version [to me] is with Heifetz.

Enjoy a beautiful Sunday

and week ahead!

128 replies »

  1. Lovely, Marina. The music is enchanting. I adore classical music of every kind but had not heard Max Bruch before. Thank you for the introduction. Music is magical in so many ways. You were blessed to have had a father who had such a good collection. I’m sure he knew of your antics but didn’t want to discourage your curiosity. Parents know things that a child doesn’t think they know. He was opening your heart to great notes of music for you to enjoy forever. BRAVO, Dad.
    Your painting, as always, is inviting us to enjoy the blending of two souls into a combined circle. Beautiful …. Be Safe … 😷 🙏🏻 😊 💜
    Isadora 😎

    • Awww…. my dearest Isadora what a sweet comment! I do owe him a lot. I remember admiring him while he was painting, watching the movement of his paintbrush mesmerized! As for my antics… well, some of them he learned many years later. He was very sensitive about the handling of his hi tech stereos! 😉
      Thank you for your beautiful words about my painting…
      You too be safe and happy!
      Love and hugs 🤗😘❤️
      and special kisses from Hera to Cappucino & Espresso! ❤️🐾

  2. I feel the connection within the painting. It’s great! Like you, I listen to music (but I write, don’t paint). It keeps my thoughts moving.

  3. Loved the painting, but my favorite “image” was Marina the Kid carefully wiping her fingerprints off her dad’s records (I’ll bet he knew it all the time!). You could have had a great career as a criminal mastermind. Oh, well… 😅🍨😋

    • You may be right on a criminal occupation*… who’d have though my life would take such a different turn! 😉
      Your regular delivery:
      *I did cover my tracks perfectly, only once was I blown. The time I tried to place a tape the wrong way and the door wouldn’t close! To think that I found a turntable easier to handle huh?!!!!!!!😂🤣😂🤣😂

  4. This is beautiful. You have such a graceful and delicate hand with the brush. Artists who often work to music are sometime synthesist. Are you? My old friend a brilliant linguist and poet always wrote to music and was a synthesist, I miss him, he passed away but was the the first I learned about synthesists. Gorgeous work Marina. Sending love!

  5. Beautiful! I also color and paint a bit, always listening to music. Also when I write I like to do that as well – helps a lot to get through the rush you get from being inspired, cheers!

  6. Love the paintings and the remembering about handling vinyl. Music is a love that I have never understood. Some of my artist friends say they see music. I never could. That doesn’t mean I love it less. Listen loud and laugh much

    • Thank you very much for your kind words and visit! What you say about music puzzles me… if you love music [“That doesn’t mean I love it less”] then how can you not understand the love for music? 😉
      On a note, I never did ‘see’ music. Music to me is a whole experience… notes it is and that completes me. I see no images.

  7. Greetings! I love your work and how thought evoking it is. You’ve tackled big ideas and concepts with poetry! I’m in love with your work and a huge fan😊 I was wondering if you could checkout my new piece on young rappers trying to create work that not only lasts but sets an impression. And I would really appreciate it if you could comment some feedback to improve the writing style. Looking forward to hearing from you. – Kiran

    • Hi, Alice anf thank you for stopping by and commenting! They do indeed. One is technique (watercolors, oils, acrylics mixed media etc) and the other is style (impressionism, pointillism expressionism, realism, abstract etc) If however you’re referring to similarities to music genre, I don’t think there are any… officially, anyway. 🙂

  8. I’m grateful to anyone who promotes classical music. The Bruch concerto remains near the top of the violin repertoire. And how about that “heartbeat” beginning at approximately 1:23?

  9. What a beautiful story from your childhood. Many art instructors have their students listen to music too. I’m becoming accustomed to listening to your music selections in the morning with my coffee (and dark chocolate). I know it’s not really fair to compare versions of performances, because it’s so subjective. But…I preferred the Heifetz…so light, so quick, so sublime. Seems a little bit like trying to compare bird song. This music is already brightening my week. Thank you!!!

    • Coffee and dark chocolate that sound delicious!
      Thank you so much, my dearest Mary Jo! I’m so happy to hear that!
      On performances, there’s no doubt that Heifetz is a grand master and I love listening to him, however, Mutter was the first version I heard and that itself is sometimes reason enough to like it more, but for the specific work, she performs it as powerful as I would imagine it to be!
      Thank YOU!!!!! 😘😚😘

  10. You have me wondering about a you painting while playing the piano. You must be even more talented than I imagined! 😉 Beautiful music …. I’m guessing you were exposed to music at an early age … and that’s great!

    • A ha ha haaaa….no I don’t paint and play the piano at the same time!!!!! Come to think of it though, I’d have had a very colorful piano, if I did!!!! Hmmm…..
      It was great, yes… I owe a lot to my dad’s exceptionally broad and huge music library! 😉
      ps Hope you enjoyed your day!!!!!! 😉 🍷

  11. I don’t think i could ever paint or draw while primarily listening to music… too much already going on inside… not a big fan of the violin, but I do like these… interesting to compare.. 🎻🎻

      • I guess it depends on the piece and who’s playing. Sometimes it’s just too scratchy… I have ‘bionic’ hearing in the upper end. Can hear the slightest sounds from upstairs to down. 😃

        • A ha…. hubs suffers from the same problem. Sounds can become a torture! I, on the other hand have a great natural filter which can block annoying sounds – a censor of sorts! It’s a blessing I think! 😉

                  • Well, you deal with a lot more people than me. I’m a speck in your virtual universe! 😁 Incidentally, and fyi… that notion of the eternal return comes from ancient Greece! My guess is the Stoics but I’d had to check.. (yeah… it was… just checked). What do you Greeks NOT do well? 😁

                    • hee hee.. well, it seems most countries go thru economic cycles… Greece >> Rome >> Spain >> Portugal >> France >> United Kingdom >> America >> China ?? I’m not a historian so that selective list is prob not in the right order… 😊 All you need is some neo-Aristotle to invent something cool like “anti-gravity!”😊 That would do it!!! 🛸🌟😊

                    • lol… well, if it was a woman she might be clever enough to avoid capture! The future is woman. 😃😁👩👩‍🦰👩‍🦱👩‍🦳👱‍♀️👸

                    • I guess I value intuitive, ‘putting things together’ more than linear thinking… but you’re right… and it’s a stereotype to say men are always linear and women always more holistic… there are always exceptions on both sides.. 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓👩‍🏫👨‍🏫👩‍⚖️👨‍⚖️👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🔧👨‍🔧👩‍💼👨‍💼👩‍🔬👨‍🔬🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️

  12. Beautiful Music Marina.. and likewise… I get lost while painting and often listen to classical while doing so…. 🙂 Lovely painting…. Enjoy your week my friend… ❤

  13. Okay… music and painting rules.
    Paint to music! Music to paint!
    I don’t remember my original comment, so this will have to do!

  14. You were a very determined child, Marina. Your love for music, art and creativity has given you a marvelous life journey. I am so glad that we connected – you continue to inspire me to persevere. Hugs!

    • Determined I was too! I wouldn’t stop until I made the record player play music! And that wasn’t as simple as it sounds. It meant turning on an amplifier, a pre-amplifier [switching it to the right setting/exit] and turntable. An Odyssey for a 7yr old child but all worth it! 😉
      You are so very kind and sweet and I can’t tell you how happy I am we connected and likewise, my dearest Rebecca …likewise!
      Many hugs your way and love.

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