Grater Than Some Of Its Parts, Part Two

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Cuisines, Compositions, and Contemplations

notation 1In part one, I tried to describe in simple terms how a musical composition is written down. I have often been asked to describe this process in casual conversation, and I am always struck by the fact that people remark most and seem most impressed simply by the fact that you had the skill to write down a musical composition.  I try to point out that this is not particularly impressive.  All music majors take classes for that during freshman year in college and can all do it to some extent. What really matters, and what makes you a composer, is whether what you have written down is any good!  Perhaps an analogy would be for a prose writer to be praised because he knew the alphabet and had the skill to write down a story on paper, never mind whether the story is any good.


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Gregorio Allegri, 1582-1652

Gregorio Allegri is one of the greatest composers of all time. Unknown, but well worth checking out. His “Miserere” is a masterpiece which Mozart loved and drew his inspiration from.

On Baroque


Selected Recordings

Messe Vidi turbam magnam

Cantate Domino

De ore prudentis

Selected Sheet Music

Miserere Mei



Showcase Piece

À l’aube, Miserere

Notes and Commentary

Gregorio Allegri was an Italian composer of the Roman School and brother of Domenico Allegri, also a composer of note. As a benefice in the cathedral of Fermo, Allegri composed a large number of motets and other sacred music, which, being brought to the notice of Pope Urban VIII, obtained for him an appointment in the choir of the Sistine Chapel at Rome as a contralto. He held this from 1629 until his death.

Among Allegri’s musical compositions were two volumes of concerti for five voices published in 1618 and 1619; two volumes of motets for six voices published in 1621; an edition of a four-part sinfonia; five masses; two settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah; and numerous motets which were not published in…

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Carry One Big Brush

Sometimes, the simple way is the best. Carry one big brush, and go for it! I imagine backpacking in the mountains, painting a high waterfall in the clouds. Simple tools can make the best paintings.

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I’ve recently found that a big round brush is a fabulous tool for gesture sketching.  It simply won’t allow for needless details. The brush point however, is versatile enough to go back into forms to provide corrections and accents.  Working exclusively with a big round brush would have felt really uncomfortable for me, just one year ago.

Because, July 9 marked my first Watercolor Wednesday and my year  long journey with watercolor,  In that time, I’ve only really used a few watercolor brushes.  But I’m finding that I’m most comfortable now, working only with this big guy for my small watercolor gesture paintings.brush

The image above and the Watercolor Wednesday painting in yesterday’s post are examples of these gesture sketches.  If you haven’t already tried this minimal touch, I encourage you to give it a go.  All you have to lose is a little time and a couple of…

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Always dream and shoot higher.

Yes, we think this is great wisdom. Strive to be the best that you can be! Art always originates in a dream about creating beauty. First dream it, then create it. Painting then becomes a wonderful medium, down to earth and accessible.

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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

William Faulkner

I have added watercolor cards to my studio. There a bunches of cards printed of artists paintings but I wanted to offer something a bit more personal. I am combining graphite (pencil) drawings with watercolor on Strathmore art cards for an affordable price point of $10 and I ship them to you in the USA at no charge. I think they are a great way of sending someone or giving someone a beautiful handmade one of a kind painting which can be framed later. That is awesome…right?

Original Watercolor Artwork Nature Landscape Autumn Trees at Night Time

Nature landscape watercolor original art work is a painting of night time falling on autumn maple trees.
A landscape of…

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Watercolors Outside


Some may paint inside, but I prefer to paint outside.  Plese let us know what your thoughts are.  Do any of you prefer to paint inside (where it is dry and warm), or do you prefer to take your chances, and brave the elements for a much richer experience?

The real art is created outside.  I don’t know why, I just think that.