MY PASSION FOR MUSIC
Hanne Lore Koehler:
"We are a family of music lovers. My earliest remembrance of enjoying music was as a young child lying on the livingroom carpet on Sunday evenings with my dad listening to Beethoven, Wagner, Verdi and Liszt on our hi-fi record player while he told me stories of the composers by candlelight. One of my favorites was Saint-SaŽns: Samson et Dalila. Then we got a TV and watching the musical acts actually perform on the Ed Sullivan Show was fantastic. Singing and dancing around the kitchen floor with my mom and dad was a wonderful part of my childhood. Although no one in my family has had a career in music, everyone in the last five generations has had the pleasure of being able to play a musical instrument. We have guitar players, accordian players, a piano player, a saxaphon player and a flute player. My husband and I met in a band.
I always listen to music when I paint and I find myself getting lost in the moment. The movement of my paint brushes reflect the beat in the music; my thoughts relax and cares slip away. When I paint a detailed subject like a child's portrait or still life painting I enjoy the gentle sounds of John Denver, Rita MacNeil, Bon Jovi. When I paint a loose sports action watercolor with wild carefree splashes, I listen to upbeat tempo music like Lady Gaga, U2, the Stones. I find that the '60's oldies rock 'n roll pretty much suits everything I paint. It has been a natural progression, therefore, that music should be included in my paintings.
Most of my still life music instrument paintings depict a deeper meaning and emotion than is initially apparent. Through the use of visual metaphors, I try to create an atmosphere, a mood, tell a story. A harp, a grand piano, a cello in the conservatory are evidence of last night's swanky soiree; a violin, mandolin and metronome discarded in a dusty attic tell the sad tale of lovers parted; the happy sound of music echoes through the painting of a flute and piano in a sunny window. You can almost hear the joyful sound of the Virginia Walz! A guitar with candles, a diary and two pairs of skates hung to dry near a window displaying a vibrant evening sunset tells the story of romance. Click to enlarge each image and read a detailed description of the painting below it.
Written and painted by Hanne Lore Koehler, owner of Koehler Art Studio Gallery. You can find her on Google, Facebook and Twitter. Hanne is an artist who has painted many watercolors, oil paintings and murals of landscapes, portraits, still life, architectural and sports art. She is also an author and illustrator of children's books.
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