Working on Andrew York’s “Quiccan”

Originally posted on Christopher Hopper: My Life in Music:

For the past several weeks I’ve been working on the fourth guitar part of Andrew York’s quartet “Quiccan.”  I am working on it for the purpose of performing it with three other guitarists, two recent graduates of a music school and the third is currently pursuing his degree.  All three are good players and I am very happy to be working with them. “Quiccan” is one of those pieces that doesn’t really have an easy part to play, unlike some quartets or ensemble pieces where there are distinct differences between the parts’ degrees of difficulty.  In this case all four parts are decidedly challenging because many of the motifs circulate through all four parts at one point or another.  That being said, there are a few in there that don’t come through my part that I must say I’m relieved that I don’t have to pull off at this point!

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the cherry now

Originally posted on radical rumblings:

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Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

                      –

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

A. E.Housman

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Earth Day……..all year long.

Originally posted on As I See It.... An Artist's Perspective on Life:

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Ok, I missed writing a post on Earth Day. I fully meant to…but I was out in my Iris garden. So love when my Irises bloom. They are one of my favorite flowers.

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Living in the Mountains of Arizona I have to contend with two things when gardening. The scarcity of rain, we are a desert state you know, and Javelina.  If you have never seen one they are wild pig like creatures that roam the state.  Javelina will eat almost any tubular plant but Iris; so I have a lot of Iris. Rain that’s another story. The drought in the Southwest has been long and hard.

Which brings me to global warming and Earth Day…. We are slowly killing our mother Earth. Have you seen California this year? I just got back from a trip there and it has…

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Contemplation of Nature’s Offerings

Originally posted on Living Contemplatively:

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef.

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A quiet space, a walk in the fields.
Sounds muted, muffled.
A bird calls in the distance. Another responds.
Butterflies conspire quietly
between the greenery.
Contemplation of nature’s offerings.

Contemplation doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s incredibly simple. When I tell myself I’m entering into a contemplative space, it’s as if everything else sort of blurs around me, and the center focuses more sharply.

My physical surroundings become secondary to my inner state of mind and heart. Beatrice Bruteau confirms that “what interferes with our living a contemplative life is not the busy, noisy, confused, demanding, harassing world in which we must earn our living and care for our families. We like to blame this environment, but that is not really the source of the disquiet. Even if we could go to the country, have nothing much to do and no threats to our…

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Storm clouds over wheat field – pastel

Originally posted on Being Avril E Jean, Artist:

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I took some photos from the car window when I was out and about near the Grampians over the christmas break. There were wheat fields everywhere, the middle of the harvest. I also wanted to practice working on clouds. There was a rotten storm (that stopped us going to the mountains, but at least I got some good cloud shots out of it). Of course the entire region was on fire a week later. Welcome to Victoria in summer.

I’ve blocked in one of these in oils too I’m working on (ok I blocked it in, not working on it yet).

This is a pastel painting. You DRAW with the pastels but you can get a painting or a drawing depending on how you use the pastels. I did a lot of finger smudging and hence I ended up with a painting. It is a pretty dirty process, you end…

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