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Portrait of two violins (with violinists) painting
Acrylic on canvas, 16x12"
The feeling of discovering a piece of music I loved and hadn't heard before, by my favourite composer, inspired me to do this painting. The music is Brahms' Piano Concerto no. 1 in D Minor. I watched as well as listened to an orchestra play it on YouTube. I love the look of it as well as the sound of it. I find the instruments beautiful and I love the solemnity, drama, concentration and expression on the musicians' faces. I used a still from the video as a reference photo for this painting. I wanted this painting to be more a portrait of the violins themselves rather than the violinists, so I made the violins more prominent. The musicians are fully absorbed in the music so that they almost ARE the music and are no longer themselves. I also wanted to show a sense of movement as they play. I chose the colours just because they seemed like the colours I had a feeling for while listening to the music.