Sunday, March 27, 2011

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY

COMPOSER SERIES II

Russian composer Pyotr (Peter) Tchaikovsky

I really enjoyed working on the Renaissance oil collage of Tchaikovsky. His music, such as Swan Lake and the 1812 Overture strikes a familiar note (excuse the pun) with most people. Once again, here is yet another composer who experienced a troubled life and who also died young at the age of 53.

Musical notes, using crackle technique, emphasize his "mind of music"

Tchaikovsky pursued a musical career by entering the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Russia in 1862. He had great success and was loved by audiences around the world. On a more personal note, he was said to be a misogynist (he hated women.) He married one of his students but he never did live with her and left her shortly after the marriage. He was depressed and emotionally insecure a lot of the time. Wikepedia states that the contributing factors were his suppressed homosexuality and fear of exposure. He also lost his friendship with a long time patron which added to his depression in later years.

The beard was difficult but I finally got it

In creating Tchaikovsky, I painted entirely with oils in which I used the Renaissance Oil method. This method includes painting a first coat with oils. This is called a campitura. The next coat is called a dead painting, with a first and second painting after that, followed by glazing. It’s complicated but I feel that I can achieve a painting that has more “soul” than by using straight oils or acrylics.

Tchaikovsky was a fan of Shakesphere and created Romeo and Juliet symphony

Along with working on my composer series, I’m painting my first “Freida,” which I hope to post soon. She will be very different from my composer series. I am, however, using the Renaissance oil method again and I’m trying to convey as much emotion as I can into the face of this wonderful Mexican icon. I’ve started a sculpture to go along with it. They both are coming along very, very slowly. I feel like I must jump into her life and experience her agonies and joys vicariously and somehow show her passion for art and life. I must have corrected the sketches I did of her face at least 10 times now. I will continue until I’m sure I have captured the essence of “Freida.”

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28 comments:

  1. Excellent work as always Cheryl (at first I thought it was a photograph that you collaged on!), and a very interesting background of his life. I know you'll do Frida proud.

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  2. Beautiful work- I LOVE that "ribbon" of music flowing through the composition. Your technique sounds so hard, but the results are incredible!

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  3. Hello Cheryl! Another "art from the heart" from you. I almost wanted to touch my computer screen to feel your paintings. Apart from the paintings, thank you for providing us those tidbit information about the composer. I'm learning too.

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  4. Absolutely mind-blowing, Cheryl! I can't believe the photo-like feel of this painting.
    The whole series is wonderful, but this has to be my favorite...and you know Swan Lake is a concert I have heard many times...makes him that much more dear:)
    Happy Sunday
    xox

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  5. Absolutely Fantastic!

    Cam

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  6. Tschaikosky was always one of my favorite composers. Years ago I played the piano.

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  7. Oh I like this, I haven't seen you do to many art with men in it. very lovely! i like the music idea too!

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  8. You are such a talented artist Cheryl, both paintings are fantastic. I love the way you've threaded parts of their lives into the paintings too.

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  9. This is very cleverly done - what a talent you have. I'm listening to Beethoven at the moment - a little soothing Moonlight Sonata.

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  10. I am really enjoying this series!

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  11. That´s a wonderfull collage of a great musician.
    I have been in Tschaikovskys Nutcracker the other month.
    i just signed in as a follower.
    see you soon
    Janine

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  12. Cheryl, once again, you've amazed me with your skill and talent! What a gorgeous piece . . . the Master himself would be very proud. I'm vicariously enjoying your artistic journey. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  13. This is a gorgeous oil collage Cheryl. Everything about it is amazing. Have a good week. Annette x

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  14. You never cease to amaze me with your talent. Oh, to be so talented! I do so love your blog.
    Trish
    xoxoxo

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  15. Great portrait collage! Fabulous and creative painted, love especially the unique headdress.
    Have a nice week,
    hugs Anja

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  16. Very impressive and all the info is so interesting! I really can't wait to see your Frida!!

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  17. Cheryl your paintings for the composer series are fantastic, love your Tchaikovsky, and I also love his music, Swan Lake and the 1812 Overture are some of my favorites.
    Anni

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  18. Beautiful, Cheryl, ... just fantastic! I love the way you ribboned the notes so eloquently across his mind. Indeed, you most certainly mastered his beard. I so envy your many relents ... Hugs to you, my friend!

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  19. This is incredible and very moving to me.

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  20. You have such talent Cheryl, and such feeling for what you create. This is inspired.

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  21. This is such great work Cheryl. Poor old Tchaikovsky, so many great artists seem to have to suffer for their creativity. Who are you going to interpret next? Can't wait to see.x

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  22. This is wonderful! I love the music and the crackled effect. Very nice.

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  23. Incredible work Cheryl, I have not seen you paint this way before, but I am not surprised how well you can portray real people, awesome!

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  24. Totally Wowsa Cheryl, I love this painted portait. Fabulous color in the face..
    Hugs,Laura.xoxx

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  25. Wow...Wonderful work..I loooove the beard too..magical and feels like beautiful clouds! another stunning piece..very sensory too...shine on.
    Victoria
    PS: I am enjoying this awesome series..

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  26. I love the crackled efect on that second picture. Loving your new work xJ

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  27. This is so cleverly done! It is very impressive...great job!

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  28. I Love how you bring the history of the Composer into your art, You really get a feeling of who they are. Very impressive Cheryl. I'm looking forward to your Freida!!!
    hugs Lynn

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