It’s been a warm summer. I guess for some of us that’s an understatement. The mowed lawns are burned to the color of Shredded Wheat and ponds show more and more of their banks as the water levels slowly descend. There’s a dustiness in the air from the driveway that coats everything and the thickness of the heat has me dreaming of hopefully cooler days ahead in the fall and winter.
In that vein, I thought I’d show another piece from my show that opens this coming Friday, July 22, at the West End Gallery in Corning. Titled An Inner Warmth, it’s 10″ by 16″ on paper and feature cooler color tones yet has a warmth to it that is pleasant to me. It’s a painting that points very much back to my earlier work in the way it is composed of distinct upper and lower blocks of color divided by an unpainted line.
The interplay of those blocks of colors is what carries the weight of the painting for me, carrying its message and meaning. The details of the trees and the path in the foreground add a narrative element but the colors tell the story here. The red of the tree seems even warmer here set against the cooler tones.
For this Sunday Morning Music, I thought I’d play a version of one of the songs from the great American songbook, Summertime from George and Ira Gershwin, taken from their opera Porgy and Bess. It has been covered by so many people and there are so many wonderful versions out there from which to choose. You’ve got the operatic versions from the likes of Kathleen Battle and Renee Fleming, jazzier versions from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn, rockier versions from Janis Joplin and Sting and countrified ones from Doc Watson and Willie Nelson. And that is only a tiny sampling. And almost all of them are absolutely outstanding which I thinks speaks to the strength of the composition.
I chose this version from Norah Jones just because I like it’s coolness. This is a duet between her and the late jazz piano legend Marian McPartland. It’s a lovely version and gives a cooler feel to these hot days.
Have a great day…