Sunday, July 19, 2009

When I Paint My Masterpiece

Well, it's not my masterpiece. I can't paint. I can't even draw. Hell, I can barely doodle.

I was never one to draw that turtle out of the back of a magazine to see if I can get into art school. No this is an unveiling of a portrait of my aunt. And it was done at the Cleveland Institute of Music at their annual meeting.

You see, Martha was a huge supporter of the arts. Mostly of music - and mainly the Cleveland Orchestra and CIM. She also help establish the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Hence the Steinway behind the portrait.

David, my cousin (and her grandson) made me laugh by saying it was going to eventually hang in Valhalla, but mostly it will reside in a hall of past leaders.

Unfortunately, I was unable to go to the unveiling, but as David mentioned, I would have just been hit up for money. You know how those things go.

I actually have another shot - a close-up - of the portrait, and it looks great. A very realistic rendering of Martha from about 30 years ago, but still......... That was when she did the bulk of her work anyway, so it is fitting it the representation was from that same era.

I have not been to the new CIM space, but Denton says it is pretty incredible. I know where it exists, but for the life of me I cannot figure out what it is looking out onto. You can see all those trees and the showiness of nature behind the piano and painting.

All in all it is a nice tribute to a woman who loved art and the outdoors.

Song by: Emmylou Harris

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