Music to paint by

As we paint we listen to great music. Our brain mirrors the architecture of the music, our body responds with Rhythm and Articulation.

List A

Baroque Handel: Messiah
Classical Mozart: Opera Overtures
Romantic Brahms: Symphony No.4
Impressionist Gabriel Faure:
Pelleas et Melisande
Pavane
Fantaise por Flute
Masques et Bergamasques
Soundtrack John Williams: Harry Potter selections

List B

Baroque Vivaldi: Il Quatro Stagioni (The Four Seasons), performed by Nigel Kennedy.
Here is myself playing Vivaldi: Autumn with my string quartet.
Classical Haydn: Symphony No.1 in D Major, Symphony No.2 in C Major
Romantic Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from "The Nutcracker"
Impressionist Maurice Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnol (Prelude a la nuit, Malaguena, Habanera, Feria)
La Valse
Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
Soundtrack John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan (Hymn), A.I., Minority Report, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

List C

Baroque Bach: Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major from "Das wohltemperierte Klavier".
My book on this piece: Bach's Guitar: Master Chords and unlock your Right Hand
Suite in E minor, S. 996: 1. Prelude | Allemande | Courante | Sarabande | Bourree | Gigue. Played on guitar by Julian Bream
Brandenburgisches Konzert No.3 G-Dur BWV 1048: Allegro | Adagio | Allegro
Classical Haydn: 05. Symphony in G major, Hob. I No. 94 'Surprise' - I. Adagio | II. Andante | III. Menuetto | IV. Finale
Romantic Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube
Dvorak: Symphony no.9 "From the New World", ii: Largo
Chopin: Etude Op.10, No.3 in E | Op.25, No.5 in Em | Waltz Op.64, No.2 in C#m
Impressionist Maurice Ravel: Chants Populaires: I. Chanson Fran├žaise | II. Chanson Espagnole | III. Chanson Italienne | IV. Chanson Hebraique
Faure: Requiem
Pavane
Granados: Spanish Dance No.4 in G
Delibes: Flower duet from "Lakme"
20c Sibelius: Orchestral Songs.
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry (Stokowski Version) | In an English Country Garden | Early one Morning

Here is my YouTube playlist which contains many of these pieces.

Our first Gallery Quality Painting class

We held our first Gallery Quality Painting session on the weekend and it was a roaring success!

We glazed the painting - twice and achieved very vibrant results as you can see.

Student paintings: Monet: Water Lilies with Weeping Willows, 1916
Student paintings of Monet: Water Lilies with Weeping Willows, 1916.

We also used impasto to get textured and reflective edges on the waterlilies.

Our inspirational soundtrack for the day was:

Baroque Vivaldi: Il Quatro Stagioni (The Four Seasons), performed by Nigel Kennedy.
Here is myself playing Vivaldi: Autumn with my string quartet.
Classical Haydn: Symphony No.1 in D Major, Symphony No.2 in C Major
Romantic Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from "The Nutcracker"
Impressionist Maurice Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnol (Prelude a la nuit, Malaguena, Habanera, Feria)
La Valse
Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
Soundtrack John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan (Hymn), A.I., Minority Report, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Epicurean delights featured some very special chocolate biscuit treats!

So - Monet - chocolate and Ravel... what a perfect recipe!

Thank you to Loretta, YinYue, Melissa and Josephine for making it such a fun day!

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

In this 60 second video Jordan Peterson explains the heart of our Judeo-Christian culture.

Let's use these words as a guide to how we approach learning art:

" If you confront the potential of the world with good in mind, using truth (truthful communication) then the order you extract is good. "

An Animated Intro to Truth, Order and Chaos (video).

Good life advice from Napoleon Hill

  1. Keep cool while others go hot
  2. Three sides to all arguments
  3. Dont give directives to a subordinate when you are angry
  4. Treat all people like you would treat yourself
  5. Look for the seed of an equivalent benefit in every unpleasant circumstance which you are in
  6. Learn to ask questions and listen to the answer (How do you know?)
  7. Never say or do anything before thinking if it will benefit someone or hurt them
  8. Learn the difference between friendly analysis and unfriendly criticisms
  9. Remember that a good leader is one that can take orders as cheerfully as he gives them
  10. Tolerance