Saturday, January 30, 2010

My first Moleskin contribution - IZ

click to enlarge painting
this is watercolor

This is my first contribution to the Flying Moleskins Project. Edward Burton chose his theme to be music. When my daughter danced hula and Tahitian with the renown Na Hula 'O Moku'aina dance company for five years, I fell in love with the culture. Kumu Catherine Blakenship is a very talented teacher, singer and gifted choreographer. Her instruction for new dances always included a history and cultural lesson. This is my dedication for her work in preserving a beautiful art and culture.

Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole is a Hawaiian Icon. If you go to the Flying Moleskins Project webpage, you can listen to his rendition of the song "Over the Rainbow" which gained him National attention.

19 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

Oh Sheila! It's perfect!! I will watch the video as soon as I'm done here. I'm so excited to see all the work!! Your first piece is awesome!!

Manon Doyle said...

Loved the video and music!!

Dean H. said...

Great job, Sheila! Nicely done musical theme. What medium is this done in?
I've heard his version of "Over The Rainbow" before and loved it. Thanks for letting me know who the version belongs to.

dominique eichi said...

Wow......... how moving his voice is. What a wonderful piece for Edward and I love how you included the video. It's too bad it can't be put in the moleskins.

Art with Liz said...

This is such a wonderful project and a great work for this one Sheila!

Kathy said...

Wonderful, Sheila! Thank you for sharing this.

Ramona Davidson said...

You have such a great touch and talent in your paintings. Love them.

PAMO said...

Sheila- I love this project and I enjoy all of your work. You have a freedom of spirit in your paintings- an effortlessness- a lack of self consciousness that is very appealing. I assume these very real qualities were what made you such a successful forensic artist- I'm glad that you get to do less immediate and gut wrenching work now.

Gwen Bell said...

Great contribution, Shelia! You've really captured the Hawaiian feel here. Thanks so much for the video. Love it!

-Don said...

This kicks a**!!!

I love your painting! I want to get to know him just from the smile you portrayed. Amazing.

Thanks for turning me on to his music. Loved it!

-Don

Edward Burton said...

Thank you for your WONDERFUL portrait of Israel, Sheila - I have a couple of his cds...he had such a beautiful voice. It's also a great dedication to the dance company. I love it.

Celeste Bergin said...

he had a wonderful voice...and you did a great job of depicting his joyful presence.

AutumnLeaves said...

What a fabulous watercolor, Sheila! There are many fascinating layers to our Sheila!

Lokelani Forrest said...

Loved this post and your rendering of Iz is great. Thanks for the video, always brings home back to me when I listen to Hawaiian music.

Lauren Maurer said...

i love love love that song! somewhere over the rainbow was always one of my favorites and i thought he did a wonderful job singing it! and your watercolor is so beautiful- it really does have a Hawaiian and musical feeling to it!

James Parker said...

Hey, Sheila...I like the music here and on the Moleskins..Over the Rainbow is very nice. I will check out IZ further. A beautiful voice...I can see why he's so popular...everywhere but "all you can eat" buffet restaurants. Actually, I thought I saw him over in Marble Falls last week. But it was a Volkswagen.

Gary Keimig said...

Great contribution and the music was really great. I love to hear music from different cultures.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Nice job Sheila. The ukulele player has a ton of expression in his face.

Ellen said...

Love the painting and love the music! Excellent, Sheila!