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Sunday, January 23, 2011


24 x 36 Oil, St. Germain  (prints any size)
Does one kind of art have an influence on another art form? May be, maybe not, or maybe at some times?
What do you think?
It's not common for me, but at least  this painting was influenced by the writings of Anna Roundtree and the flutist Theresa Griffith.
 In Anna 's book the author meets an angel who wears a green dress with wide sleeves in which all kinds of musical instruments  were hidden. I was right away intrigued.

It was not till I heard about Theresa Griffith that I was inspired  to paint this angel.
Since Anna describes this angel with a green dress, I went with this painting outside my usual color scheme of Ultramarine Blue and Siena.Talking about influence....

Theresa's story as well as her music are amazing. She is a flute artist who started playing the flute when she was in her forties 
After she learned to play that one flute, she went to to other flutes, and I've heard from others that she plays now more than 10 kinds of flutes! In some of her concerts she lets you choose a flute and plays on that flute for you. I heard from others that it's very stirring as well as therapeutic! 

One of my friends told me that her teenage daughter really had a tough time falling asleep. It took her a few hours. After I told my friend about Theresa's music, she came back with the report that her daughter now falls asleep before the end of the CD!

The influence of writing and music I think have helped my to portray this angel in a more intimate manner and focus more on their amazing gifts. Now I think of it, before  that,my perception of them was  them to be a more impersonal and distant being.
Whether you believe in angels or not, hope you still  enjoy the painting:)

An angel definitely belongs in the blue sky, so I'm also posting this for Midweek Blues:) hosted by Rebecca at http://the

*I use Theresa Griffith's music to wind down, or when I have to concentrate on a difficult task. Both the author Anna Rountree and the musician  show up when you look them up on Google.


DUTA said...

Yes, I do think art has influence on another form of art. We know of movies and musical works which took their inspiration from books or paintings.

I've known writers that play musical instruments, dancers that practice drawing and painting - and there's constant interraction between these different forms of art.

This painting of yours is fascinating: the flutist is beautiful and so is her outfit and her instrument.

The painting has a wise combination of 'cold' colours (green, blue) and 'warm' colours ( red,brown, beige).

Clytie said...

Ohmigosh, Jeannette! I saw this painting and fell in immediate and absolute love. You have captured something here - something amazing. I moved the comment box so I could type this and look at her at the same time. I can't stop!

This is from the bottom of my heart, you know. I am absolutely captivated, and that doesn't happen very often.

Thank you so much for capturing her and for sharing her here with us. I will be back to look at her again!!!

Nora said...

I think the green is lovely and of course you were inspired by the other sources. That doesn't seem to be so unusual.

Carolina Mountains said...

I like the painting and the story behind it. I have a friend who is a flutist and her Native American husband makes flutes. Her music is very restful too.

Gattina said...

When I paint I forget the world around me. I first look at different photos, and then my painting comes out from alone. Always very colorful, and always cats. You can see them here
BTW my DIL is dutch and my son live in Amsterdam.

Marvin said...

I'd say the cross-pollination between artists and different artistic media is common. While the influence is not always as direct as it is with this painting, creative people tend to appreciate and be influenced by a wide variety of art forms. Many musical compositions are inspired by the visual arts. Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition immediately comes to mind.

Anya said...

Wat een kleurenpracht
en wat een verhaal erachter :-)
Mijn complimenten Jeannette


Kareltje =^.^= Betsie >^.^<

Anya ♥

jeannette said...

Thank you, Duta! Couldn't agree with you more! Personally I think that the interaction between music and dance and music and painting is most congruous.

Personally I like to portray angels in ways they haven't been portrayed yet: this one is colorful and vibrant:) Thanks for all the compliments you're heaping on:)

Never thought I would have chosen green as a color for the robe of an angel if I had not read the book of Rountree -the same for Teresa Griffith's music. Without these two influences this painting would have been much more in muted colors:)

Carolina Mountains,
Thank you, blogging has taught me that people are as much interested in the story behind the painting as the painting itself!
Wow, I would like to see and hear those flutes!

Thank you for visiting! Oh how neat, going to the Free University in Amsterdam actually brought me to decided to go to the US to study psychology.

Yeah that piece of Moussorsky is one of my favorites! That you use a farmers term for influence: cross pollination brings a smile to my face!

Dank je wel, Anya! Vroeg me af of je aan mijn methode van schildren kon zien dat ik niet een Amerikaanse ben?
Say hi to Kareltje and Betsie:)

Gattina said...

Thanks for your comment on my Painting Blog. I probably made a mistake with the link.
My Blogs are also in my profile.

Carletta said...

I had seen this on your other blog and appreciate the background story.
It is a lovely Midweek Blues image that takes away the blues!

SouthernSass said...

Beautiful painting - you are so very talented. Hubby did a good job on the header too!

Rebecca said...

Utterly beautiful. I think we do tuck away ideas gleaned from here and there and whether we know it or not the probably do influence our art.

This is another one of my favorites of the top 2!

jeannette said...

Meanwhile I visited - you have a great blog!

The play on words about taking away the blues I can expect from a teacher! (several of my friends are teaching, that's why...)

Southern Sass,
Thank you kindly my dear for all these compliments:) I'll pass it on to hubby!

Thank you, Rebecca. Smiling at the thought that your list of favorites is growing!
Wonder what photographers (yes, I consider you as one:) ) are influenced by, except that they take a pic of it?