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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Do everything yourself

Do everything yourself

Born on this day in 1861 soprano Nellie Melba.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=66p4XCc7UQo Born on this day in 1872 soprano Rosina Storchio (the first Butterfly). //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ARL6EM1Oms Born on this day in 1896 mezzo-soprano Kerstin Thorborg. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UIv6bFaEDI Happy 86th birthday tenor Eric Tappy. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTidqmO6jSw Happy birthday to critic and bon vivant David Fox. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydhyoYHvXXg Source: Music-2 Read More »

Be Still, My Watercolor Artists | Skip the Ripples and Waves — For Now

Be Still, My Watercolor Artists | Skip the Ripples and Waves — For Now

Canoe Beach in July (watercolor on paper) by Carol Evans Watercolorist Carol Evans paints the sort of idyllic scenes you’d expect to see in a tourism brochure or dream vacation photos. But in reality, she just taps into the inspiration that surrounds her every day. As a 30-year resident of Salt Spring Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, she has lived much of her life surrounded by water. All those crashing waves, gorgeous ... Read More »

Eight days in April

This was my itinerary for the last eight days of April — a memorable stretch of concert- and operagoing. April 23: Chaya Czernowin's Infinite Now at the Opera Vlaanderen in Gent. April 24: Thomas Adès&039;s The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. I reviewed the Salzburg première last summer; I found Tom Cairns&039;s production quite a bit clearer and more involving at the ROH. April 25: John Adams conducting the BBC Symphony ... Read More »

The son-in-law also rises

The son-in-law also rises

The 2017 Glyndebourne Festival opens on Saturday with the UK premiere of L’Ipermestra conducted by William Christie and directed by Graham Vick. Even for a Cavalli opera, it’s a real rarity but fear not as “Trove Thursday” offers a preview—a live broadcast of the complete work featuring La Sfera Armoniosa conducted by Mike Fentross.  Glyndebourne uses the alternate title Hipermestra for the opera which tells a story drawn from Greek myth in which a king ... Read More »

Mr. Imperium

Mr. Imperium

Born on this day in 1892 bass Ezio Pinza.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RyOAbKH8pE Born on this day in 1810 librettist Francesco Maria Piave. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEWsrUIc6kI Born on this day in 1830 composer Karl Goldmark. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=83OUwKTTJu8 Born on this day in 1901 composer Henri Sauguet. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8MnaOjnOJs Born on this day in 1911 musicologist and editor Fritz Oeser. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyJm4UBRDxo Born on this day in 1914 bass Boris Christoff. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ht3eDUcn0s Source: Music-2 Read More »

The death of criticism, 1936 edition

“Because this year has not brought an improvement in art criticism, I forbid once and for all the continuance of art criticism in its past form, effective as of today. From now on, the reporting of art will take the place of an art criticism which has set itself up as a judge of art – a complete perversion of the concept of 'criticism&039; which dates from the time of the Jewish domination of art. ... Read More »

Forge Ahead or Scale Back?

Forge Ahead or Scale Back?

Painting from Photo References Is Key to Capturing the City Life She Loves With a self-control borne out of experience, Russian artist Olga Litvinenko knows when to forge ahead and when to scale back in her glowing watercolor cityscapes that express her love of city life. “I try to let my watercolors glow—to live their lives, so to speak,” she says. “I want to catch the beautiful moments, convey a warm glow of light, and ... Read More »

Lady from Sweden

Lady from Sweden

Born on this day in 1918 soprano Birgit Nilsson.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKNQm3V8-S4 Born on this day in 1866 composer Erik Satie. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvI9NBe991U On this day in 1890 Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana premiered in Rome. Born on this day in 1901 composer Werner Egk. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkmr_n7JhRw Born on this day in 1902 conductor Fausto Cleva. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWGX_pUluOk Born on this day in 1906 soprano Zinka Milanov. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeD2FkOQlDw Happy 93rd birthday baritone Gabriel Bacquier. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo60mGxYHNg Source: Music-2 Read More »

Basic Drawing Techniques: Draw a Compelling Still Life in 5 Steps

Basic Drawing Techniques: Draw a Compelling Still Life in 5 Steps

There’s no better time than now to perfect your drawing skills. Begin with this basic still life drawing lesson from Steven Levin and The Artist’s Magazine. Then, check out the instructional video, Top 10 #Art Techniques: Pencil Drawing, to learn key methods to start honing your pencil drawing skills. it includes a review of drawing tools, tips on proportion and perspective, and line-work techniques from expert artists, such as: Lee Hammond Grant Fuller Mark Menendez ... Read More »

summer sweeps

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