Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I Can Paint A Song

The Music In Me

© 2019 Elaine Weiner-Reed - "Singin' Like An Angel" (Inspired by Vanessa Collier)


I believe that Art and Music are universal languages. 

Both build bridges and unite across cultures and around the globe.


   Music has always been a part of my life and has always been entwined with my art. Jazz greats like Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Sonny Rollins, Claude Nougaro, and Herbie Hancock generally accompany me in my studio. Sometimes, I’ll be creating to Rock or Blues, the Beatles or Funky music, but overall, my rhythm syncs with the heart of Jazz. Those jazz roots, some 45 years ingrained, are what makes the most recent collision of my work with classical stringed instruments all the more intriguing to me.

Dreams became reality. Up until last year, my exposure to classical music has been minimal. Then, on 6 June 2018 during my solo exhibition at Maryland Hall, three musicians created live structured improvisational works inspired by individual pieces of my exhibited artwork. As Rogue Collective musicians (Alexa Cantalupo, Natalie Spehar, Kaitlin Moreno) moved through the Gallery finding their next art focal piece, their unique brand of classical music filled the rooms, lifting our hearts. Guests were transported as the musicians simultaneously created and played live, improvising new works titled identical to the piece of art that intrigued them. 

My dream and my Creative Collaboration InitiativeEvery Painting is a Song (EPIAS)” was a natural evolution for me in terms of my personal journey. This short video will clearly explain my concept. To date, we do not yet have music videos of each piece, but Rogue Collective created music to the following a) Paintings - Talking Story, Chance Encounters, The Gathering – Still Waiting, Mirror, Mirror, and b) Sculpture - Resurrection.

© 2019 Elaine Weiner-Reed - "Skipping a Beat" (Inspired by the music of Rogue Collective)

To find out more about how music has taken me in new directions and inspired a new sculpture series "Visual Acoustics," I invite you to read my recently published article "The Music in Me" on the Blog Live An Artful Life! Be sure to subscribe so you never miss one of their creative and positive articles.

How does music and art inspire YOU?

To close for now... I do not know what music genre this will fall into, but following is a first stanza or chorus of a song I am writing...  My days of self-limiting are behind me! Take the leap of faith with me and fear no art!

 Singing - My Way

I can’t sing and I can’t string,
But I can hum along.
I can’t fly, but I can soar,
And I can paint a Song.

             - © Elaine Weiner-Reed

Links to Art-Inspired Original Music Collaboration and Show Videos:

“Every Painting Is A Song (EPIAS)” - Explaining the Creative Collaboration Initiative.

“Chance Encounters” – Art by Elaine Weiner-Reed. Music by Rogue Collective.

“The Gathering – Still Waiting (Judgment Day)” – Art by  Elaine Weiner-Reed. Music by Rogue Collective.

                                    Yours in Art...and now, Music!
                                        Live creatively.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Change Happens By Chance or By Choice

Life in the Real World

Artist Elaine Weiner-Reed posing in front of a distortion mirror she had created for her inventive Identity Station at her 2018 Solo Exhibit "Masks and Mirrors - Explorations of Identity"

Change is a Constant.

Big change. Small change. Major and minor adjustments to life. Change happens by chance, by choice, or by design. Whether we are the architect of the change ourselves or not, change will happen.

Sometimes I feel like I am on a roller coaster ride or in a "Fun House."  At times, I feel that I am drifting in the swells between waves... Other times, I feel like I am paddling on calm seas. Regardless, I am never complacent because change is inevitable - change which we drive or direct, and unexpected change that chauffeurs us to new places, situations, or phases of our lives. Regardless, change arrives, announced or unannounced, big or small. The important thing is to remain as resilient and positive as possible...focusing on those we love and the good facets of our life. Strapped in for the ride, we need to continue to steer what we can...as best we can so we come out the other side in relatively good condition.

As I continue navigating my own layered world of changes, I wrote a related article for Live An Artful Life, an incredible Blog on creativity and positivity. In the article, I discuss changes happening in my life (large and small) and offer links and tips for coping with change. Check it out if you're experiencing life changes of your own. I hope my story and the links I provided can help you navigate your own worlds of change. Change is in the AIR! Life is our personal "joy ride." We have to savor every minute and every joy!

                             Keep creating and keep the faith!
                               Yours in Art,

Elaine Weiner-Reed - Photo Courtesy of (c) 2019 Ashley Love

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Artists Keeping Christmas


Do Elves lose their magic if a child touches them?

Recently, there was a crisis on the third floor. A treasured glass case had broken that contained a magical Elf. The two children serving as the Elf’s caretakers were absolutely heartbroken and their mother was beside herself as she looked for someone to help her clean up the mess, while trying to console the children.

Tapped for help, three of us Artists-in-Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis) sprang into action: one ran to inform the custodial staff, another ran to get a broom and dust pan, and I focused on comforting the children. Somehow, all three of us played a key role in “saving Christmas” for one family. At least, we hope we did our part in keeping the magic alive and well this Christmas!

The small boy who might have been the last to touch the Elf was rambling on and on. Looking me in the eyes, he confessed that he had dropped their Elf when putting the Elf’s glass case back in their backpack. As he told his sad tale, I praised him for his honesty and thanked him for telling us how things had unfolded. I assured him and his sister that everyone breaks things. It was a fact of life and accidents just happen..., and I told him should not feel as upset because Elf was intact. Meanwhile, we grownups were taking care of things like the cleanup as best as possible.

The whole time he spoke, I was aware of the other child, the boy's older sister. The little girl, preparing for dance class and dressed in a light pink tutu, was sobbing her little heart out. It brought tears to my eyes… I realized I was now sitting on the floor in front of them. As I sat  and talked with the two children, I assured them that their Elf was still magical. "Elves do not lose their magic," I assured them. In fact, I wondered aloud to them: “Perhaps your Elf was actually behind or involved in the 'broken case story' because he maybe wanted a change of scenery... Maybe he had grown tired of his glass case…?" Could they begin to consider a new home for him, I asked them?

The children began to calm down as I continued to talk about possibilities. Wiping tears away as their eyes began to sparkle with hope, they listened intently…wanting to believe. I reassured them that especially at this time of year an Elf's magic is stronger than at any other time of year! Not only that, but other Elves work behind the scenes to make sure each and every Elf is OK and able to make their Elfin magic during the special holiday season of lights, miracles, and magic.

As the children and their Mom left the Hall, comforted and looking forward to Christmas. I told them they should be on the lookout for a new perfect home for Elf (I never learned his name) and they should work together with their Elf to make sure a perfect home was chosen.

Especially at this time of year, no one should feel heartbroken or alone. Everyone needs to believe in magic! I know I do. Magic and hope are entwined – each, a gift! Holding onto both, regardless of our age is our charge.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! May your own season be magical in ways most special to you.

                                  Yours in Art,

Come visit me sometime in Studio 310B, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (801 Chase St., Annapolis) and discover the magic in Art! 

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