We are almost at the end of the anniversary art sale celebrating the release of Infinite Bounty one year ago (sale ends on Wednesday, December 2nd). A few days ago I blogged about how the art was created (describing the hypnotic effect I feel when creating).
Today I wanted to post some photos of the paintings that are left. Each of these comes with a stand so it can be used as table art for home decoration. Every time one looks at the artwork they can be inspired and uplifted by the beautiful quotations.
Below are some of the paintings still available for purchase. The quotations are taken from different tracks on the Infinite Bounty album. The first art piece includes a quotation taken from the track, ‘Detached from All Save Thee’. You can listen to the piece below.
After releasing ‘Infinite Bounty’ in November 2014, we had an evening of celebration for everyone involved in the making of the album. Unfortunately, I couldn’t invite all the musicians as several of them live in different parts of the world but we invited those who live in Beijing in order to thank them personally for helping make the album special. As we ate dinner together, we listened to the album and enjoyed one another’s company. It was actually the first time for many of them to meet each other. The guests included the translators of the album lyrics and liner notes (in order to receive a license in China that is a requirement so all the songs had to be translated into Chinese); the designer whom I worked with for the layout and publishing of the book; my friend, Ray, who introduced me to my producer; my daughter (who sings a duet with me on ‘Behold Me’); Cheng Lin (a renowned singer who recorded the English/Chinese duet entitled, ‘We Must Look Higher’) and of course my husband who has been a support in every way throughout the project.
I felt moved as I spoke about each person in the room and thanked them individually for their contribution to the album and shared how the project would not have been the same without their help. We ended the evening with music – Amelia played and sang some songs on the piano and I sang a piece from ‘Infinite Bounty’ on the piano.
Below are some photos of the evening with a description in the caption of who everyone is. I would also like to thank Nasim Ma’ani (she wasn’t able to be with us that night) as well as the other vocalists who were not in Beijing – Ali Youssefi, Fiona Doomun-Rouhani and Siria Rutstein. Last but not least, I am also grateful to the China National Symphony Orchestra quartet who recorded on two tracks on ‘Infinite Bounty’.
We are celebrating the one year anniversary of the release Infinite Bounty this week with an art sale and I wanted to share a little bit about the making of the art pieces.
As I was reflecting on the album and the songs on it, I thought it would be inspiring to combine my love of art and music to celebrate this occasion. The cover of the Infinite Bounty CD is a deep green and silver ocean photograph and I wanted to use its colours, shapes and forms to create beautiful graphic representations of the themes in the music. For the 14 limited edition art pieces (only 8 remaining), therefore, I used a blend of varied greens, gold and silver acrylic paint, shaped into waves and swirls using only art knives, toothpicks and my fingers! I added quotations from the songs on the art pieces to further highlight the words that inspired the music. The entire process was hypnotising, as when I create I go into a different zone where my focus is only the art. It is profoundly healing and soothing. Here is a link to the artwork on Etsy.
The abstract square art canvas below is created from silver, mint green and deep forest green acrylic paint. I had a lot of fun with this one creating the waves depicting the ocean (this painting just sold)! The quotation is taken from the track ‘Immerse Yourselves’. You can listen to the piece below:
I am also having a lucky draw where the winner will receive an ‘Infinite Bounty’ digital album download plus a beaded bookmark from my collection. To enter, kindly share this blog post on social media and write a comment on my previous blog post (here is the link) so I know you have shared it. In one week I will choose a name from the comments section on that post.
Abstract square art canvas with inspiring quotation from track ‘Immerse Yourselves’
One year has flown by since the release of my album ‘Infinite Bounty’! I am celebrating by having a one week anniversary sale of the album accompanied by 14 limited pieces of artwork I have created especially for this occasion. As I was working on each art piece and reflecting on the album and the lyrics within, I was struck by how relevant the quotations are to the recent events we are facing worldwide. The ongoing suffering has weighed heavily on my heart so I wanted each canvas to include a meaningful short quotation from different tracks on ‘Infinite Bounty’. The inspiration for the 14 limited edition pieces of artwork came from the cover photo on the album so I have used similar colors.
There is also a lucky draw where the winner will receive an ‘Infinite Bounty’ digital album download plus a beaded bookmark from my collection. To enter, kindly share this blog post on social media and write a comment below so I know you have shared it. In one week I will choose a name from the comments section below.
Below are a few samples of the art (you can click on each photo below to take you directly to the Etsy painting site). Over the next week I will be blogging more about the art pieces, the music and how the paintings were created. Enjoy!
Art square canvas with inspiring quotation from the track ‘Detached from All Save Thee’
Specialty art card inspired by the cover of ‘Infinite Bounty’
Abstract rectangular canvas with quotation from track ‘Infinite Bounty’
Square canvas with inspiring quotation with ‘Infinite Bounty’ CD
In a few days I will be sharing an anniversary sale for my latest release, ‘Infinite Bounty’. I can’t wait to unveil some artwork I have been working on especially for this occasion. There will be a lucky draw too so stay tuned for more info in the next few days…
Sending prayerful thoughts to all those affected in the last few days with the horrifying acts of violence in different parts of the world. As I think of these tragedies, these words of Abdu’l-Baha come to mind: “When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love.”
On November 13th, 1911, Abdu’l Baha spoke these words in Paris, France: “All prejudices, whether of religion, race, politics or nation, must be renounced, for these prejudices have caused the world’s sickness. It is a grave malady which, unless arrested, is capable of causing the destruction of the whole human race. Every ruinous war, with its terrible bloodshed and misery, has been caused by one or other of these prejudices. The deplorable wars going on in these days are caused by the fanatical religious hatred of one people for another, or the prejudices of race or colour.
Until all these barriers erected by prejudice are swept away, it is not possible for humanity to be at peace. For this reason Baha’u’llah has said, ‘These Prejudices are destructive to mankind’.
God has not created men that they should destroy one another. All races, tribes, sects and classes share equally in the Bounty of their Heavenly Father……
Baha’u’llah wrote, “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”.
Last week I shared a new composition entitled, ‘Arise’, a choral piece composed specially for the upcoming Baha’i Twin Holy Days. I decided to make a video/slideshow to accompany the music with beautiful images of the Shrine of Baha’u’llah in Akka. I have included photos from several of my visits to the Holy Land and a couple of images from Baha’i Wikipedia and Baha’i World News Service. The idea behind the video is to give the effect of walking on the path and approaching the Shrine of Baha’u’llah in order to praise Him. The video is available for download on Vimeo and for my friends in China who can’t view it on Youtube, you can view the video on Vimeo or here is a link to watch it on youku.
A few years ago, the world lost a remarkable man who touched and inspired the lives of so many. All over the world, people have written loving words in his memory and I felt the best way I could pay tribute to him is through music. Nelson Mandela found great solace in the poem ‘Invictus’ (Latin for unconquered or undefeated) while he was incarcerated. He had written out the poem on a scrap piece of paper to inspire him during the difficult times in the 27 years he was in prison. Just after his passing, as I was reflecting on the life of this great man, I felt inspired to set the poem to music and release the recording in honor of Nelson Mandela.
Baha’is all around the world will soon be celebrating the Festival of the Twin Holy Days that commemorates the anniversaries of the Birth of Baha’u’llah and of The Bab (this year the Twin Holy Days fall on November 13 & 14). For some time now I have been wanting to compose a piece for this occasion and have envisioned it being different from any music I have shared before. It occurred to me that the human voice in choral form would be a most humble and reverent way to show praise on such an occasion, so yesterday I chose a short excerpt from a newly-translated Tablet of Baha’u’llah regarding the Twin Birthdays and set it to music. The piece is entitled, ‘Arise’, and can be downloaded below.