July paintings

More new work from my series on handmade canvas panels.

‘July’ – is the month for celebration, color and heat. 9″x12″.


The one below is titled ‘Besamé Mucho’, oil on canvas panel 12″x12″. Literal translation: Kisses me a lot. While painting, I listened to the song from the CD ‘Jim Hall & Basses’. It was written in 1940 by a young Mexican, Consuelo Velázquez, before her sixteenth birthday. 

According to Velázquez, she was inspired by an aria from the Spanish 1916 opera ‘Goyescas’ by Enrique Granados. 
One of the finest bass players in the world, I had the privilege of seeing Jim Hall at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1997. As a teenager, I played Granados’ incredibly romantic music on the piano.

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