music photos to paintings

i often collect photographs to use as inspiration for a new painting. i am currently working on a new series of paintings similar to the piano man acrylic on canvas that i created called music lives.

my inspiration for this new music lives series comes from the photographs i love of musicians in the 1950’s and 1960’s. like the photo here depicting the jazz men of harlem, there is a sense of unity and creative focus within the images. the flow and movement represented by the vibe of artists like nat king cole and billie holiday of that time are poetic and vibrant. most interesting to me are the images of musicians playing at the piano or feeling the passion of a song at the mic, cigarette in hand. i am also drawn to photographs of our musicians and artists of today that seem to channel those before them in talent and style.

here are some great photographs that i found to act as inspiration in my latest art series ::: music lives.

nina simone

b.b. king live at club ebony 1994

michael jackson and stevie wonder

eric clapton, john lennon, mitch mitchell, keith richards 1969

john lennon

Gil Scott-Heron ::: poet and music legend

the beatles


jazz men in a nyc loft c. 1960

the music lives in us.

thelonious monk and john coltrane

dizzy gillespie

diana ross looking fierce.

dextor gordon

talib kweli on stage

tupac shakur the revolutionary

bob marley performing at roxy theater 1979

billie holiday

sam cook singing and smoking 1959

aretha franklin

bette midler live in vegas

janis joplin ::: free when she sings

muddy waters

elvis presely 1956

bob dylan circa 1970

nat king cole at the piano with a smoke

john coltrane on saxaphone

roger clyne & the peacemakers: celebrity theater phoenix, az

betty davis ::: funk soul diva

miles davis plays the blues

charlie parker on sax

tommy potter, charlie parker, dizzy gillespie, john coltrane at birdland, 1951

jimi hendrix on guitar

the lyricist ::: mos def

miles davis

saul williams ::: april cover photo

a crowd rocking out


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