Portrait of a Violinist

Violinist - Curtis Green
Violinist

 

The violin is an instrument that is as beautiful looking as the sounds it makes in the hands of a talented musician.  The range of instrument is from festive to mournful and everything in between.  The dramatic volume it makes all together in a powerful symphony delivers the wild storms of Wagner for example.  Yet, in the hands of a soloist, the sounds can be like a suspension of the breath to something contemplative and soothing like a pastoral painting.  The connection made between the performer and the instrument can at times be transcendent, thus the common understanding that the violin is considered a very emotional instrument.

I have a feeling that the violin may start being a regular feature in some future paintings, this one is the first.   This painting was at first a quick oil sketch done from life, while working with Aycil Yeltan.  The pose was something we both liked and the pose and the painting was continued and finished later from memory and imagination.

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