Day 9: And the Band Plays On.

“Waiting for Nate” 6×6, oil on canvas Buy Now

I’m grateful to all of you who have been sending me photos of musicians for this little series I’m exploring. The photo that is the inspiration for this one was sent to me the evening Hurricane Nate was suppose to pass through with the message, “My neighbor is singing some pre Nate songs and I thought of your project.”

I’m not promising I wont ever paint some well-established musicians, but, for now, what I really like about this series is the everydayness of it. The singing-pre-nate-songs-on-the-porch-stoopness of it. 

I’m still collecting photos of musicians– young and old. If you’ve got some, please send ’em my way by leaving it in the comments or emailing me at [email protected]

Day 5. In a bit of a Jam Session

“Lucy” 6×6, oil on canvas Buy Now

My day 3 painting left me excited, energized, and ready to do more. These types of paintings challenge me because I’m trying to eliminate details I usually emphasize in order to capture what I think is the spirit of the image. It’s a little stressful; I have to use mantras I learned in my son’s karate class: “focus, self-control, anything is possible!”

I asked for people to send me pin-worthy photographs of themselves or someone they know playing an instrument, and though I did not get very many, the ones I did receive did not disappoint.

Meet precocious nine-year old Lucy who plays the ukulele like a pro. Her dad sent me some incredible photos of her which I based today’s painting on. I think she kind of looks like an adult in the painting, but maybe that’s what I was going for– she is talented beyond her years.

Have a listen (she was just 8 in this video and had been playing for just three months!)


I’m more jazzed than ever about this little series and want to keep adding to it. Help a lady out and send me a photo of you or someone you know being a rockstar? I’d love it if you’d drop it in the comments, but if you have trouble, just email me! [email protected]

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See ya tomorrow for day 6!