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Tinkle Toes

This is the first of a series of eight musicians I painted in a two week period during the summer of 2008.

While flipping through a sketch book, of mine I came upon a small pencil drawing of this cartoonish figure, a small doodle that had been long forgotten. I loved its playfulness and set it to canvas.

The background colors are inspired by Henri Matisse.  Once completed, I was inspired to paint other musician figures in this style. The rest of the band followed in quick succession.

When hung together, this group of musician figures has the life force of a band in performance.  The series hung in a Toronto theatre, for several years.

acrylic on canvas  16 x 20.


  1. Tino says:

    I see lots of pieces for flute ensmbele that include the lower flutes alto and bass but none that feature the uniques charm of these pieces in a solo capacity. Our better players are loathe to play nothing but umpah while the soprano instruments do all the solo/virtuoso work. Do you have anything that fits in this mold? I also see no pieces for saxophone and flute, or saxophone alone, or saxophone in a mixed ensmbele. I’m particularly interested in the alto and soprano saxes.Thanks for your time. Bullnjaa

  2. Luiza says:

    I’ve been a daily viewer for a few mohnts but never commented. This is a new favorite of mine. I very much enjoy your work and it’s been an inspiration to my own photography.

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