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02-09-2006, 11:05 PM
got home late, but did one today...again...with a textured panel I made...
4-1/2" x 5-1/2" oil
I've played music since the 70's...guitars, written many songs, have a couple cd's out...still play with band mates for festivals and special occasions...the band called, "Beggar's Joy"...
dear to my heart and told pretty good at blowin' 'em are my blues harps. I play crossharp style for those that are in the know...
here is a closeup....
02-10-2006, 08:17 AM
I LIKE!!! Beautiful, Larry! :clap:
I love the background on this piece just as well as the one on your smoked fish painting :)
02-10-2006, 08:24 AM
thanks Nancy...my wife really liked this one too!! hahaaa... :clap:
it is fun/odd to see something realistic emerge from an environment where it doesn't seem possible...gives it a modern twist on something old world.
Rembrandt used to apply varnishes, mediums and let them get tacky, then drag brushes across to disrupt the surface....create crags, pock marks, divots and so forth. These would be great for receiving pigment...then wiping the surface off leaving pigment caught in these areas. After about 30 such layers including his glazes of paint suspended he create wonderful rich depth and penetration.
I am liking this and see more experimentation with textures in the future...
02-10-2006, 10:17 AM
Great paintins of harps
Looks from paintings you use Hohner's..
Have you tried Lee Oskar's.. They are great.
I been playing harp and slide since I was 14, I am now 61.. Give you and idea..
Hohner for years was the only way to go., but now I use Oskars. I find them so much better.
When I use to play clubs for better bends I use to did my harps in beer or water.. No kidding.. They were wood harps back then and the beer or water would swell the wood thus giving be seal to each air chamber..
They wouldnt last too long due to warping, but I use to blow them out anyway..
If your into chromatics at all the Hohner CX12 is excellent Real easy to clean repair etc... Last a lifetime..
02-10-2006, 10:41 AM
Larry, I think this painting needs to come with sound clips. :D
02-10-2006, 10:56 AM
I know Oscars are good...but playing guitar too its like the Fender lovers trying to prove those guitars are better than Gibsons. I have both..hee heee..
but...what I could never get beyond (so I have a couple that sit) is that metal ridge that sticks out on the plate. I'm used to the smooth front of the Hohners and my mouth tends to get all over that harp, ya know?
the black Hohner here is the newer model called the "Pro Harp" which like the Oscar now has replaceable reed plates. So I no longer have to save up dozens of Hohner Blues Harps or Special 20's (which I liked for how the notes bended) to send off to get repaired. The Pro plays like I want...and for $10 (which is cheap where harps are concerned these days) I can replace the whole reed plate.
Good harpists have used the Oscar and I admire that...no problem with the harp, just doesn't feel right on my lips. Wish it did!!
Love blowin' thru my tube amp...I have a Vox 20 watt...smaller so I can peak it more. Nice warm sound...
I use a Shaker harmonica microphone, adjustable volume...
nice chattn with another harp blower!!!! Very cool...
02-10-2006, 10:57 AM
hhaha...now that's an idea! Perhaps on my blog...a link to an mp3 :)
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