“Luminous Night” is part of my newest series inspired by contemporary choral music. This painting is about “Luminous Night of the Soul” By Ola Gjello. The song is a sweeping, cinematic piece about finding your purpose and emerging from a from a dark place. This watercolor on board is 12″ x 12″.
Inspired by Music
My latest watercolor series is inspired by contemporary choral music: this was painted to Ola Gjello’s “Dark Night of the Soul.”
Kara is a bassist and performs with the classical jazz trio Les Non Triolets.
This is Kara, 18 x 24” watercolor and ink on 156lb arches watercolor paper, 2020.
Don plays drums for Away Team in Greenville, SC.
This is Don, 36″ x 24” watercolor and ink on 156lb arches watercolor paper, 2021.
Shaina is a choral musician living in Durham, NC.
This is Shaina, 12″ x 24” watercolor and ink on 156lb arches watercolor paper, 2020.
This pandemic has shifted all things in my life, but one thing that remains is music. I have been very fortunate to be one of only a few people who were able to continue singing and recording music for our church’s virtual services when everything shut down.
Music has always been one of my greatest joys and has been even more important to me this year as it has kept my spirit and my faith strong through difficult times. I am also able to create this music with those who are near and dear to my heart.
Though we may be six feet apart, music has kept us together. In this photo I am singing for a homecoming service we are recording. We haven’t been able to have the whole choir back, and probably won’t be able to for a long time. I’m grateful I get to be a singer for the praise team and still make a joyful noise to help others feel connected during this time.Shaina Riley, Durham, NC
Josie plays flute and teaches in Columbia, SC.
This is Josie, 36″ x 24” watercolor and ink on 156lb arches watercolor paper, 2020.
This photo was taken recently to use as a headshot for my new music teaching position as a KinderFlute teacher at the University of South Carolina. The past year has been extremely difficult as many people told me that the job market would be horrible for musicians, and I would have to think outside of the box to make it in the music world. I defied the odds and was able to secure a dream job working with young students. I have also had to work exceptionally hard in my Masters degree in Flute Performance as COVID has changed many things about traditional music study, such as changing weekly lessons to an online platform. I was able to power through this difficulty and make the best of it.Josie, Columbia SC