Oil painting of a musician in the Museum of Arts in Boston. Painted using an Old Masters palette of oil colorsWednesday, March 2nd, 2011
"The Flute Guy"
Oil on Belgian Linen
size: 10"x12" - 255 cm x 305 cm
© Susan Harrison-Tustain
'THE FLUTE GUY'
While visiting the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, I found myself drawn by the exquisite strains of a flute being played. They lead me to a high floor above the main gallery foyer where I stood, mesmerized by the scene before me: A gentle man with shoulder-length white hair, light dancing in the lens of his glasses and passion in his eyes: 'The Flute Guy'.
He was so totally immersed in his music that he was unaware of the people around him. He swayed with his music and we watched and felt touched by the great emotion he was able to impart with his flute. I knew I needed to put all of my oil painting skills, old master's methods and techniques into creating a very special painting to celebrate this meeting. My oil painting of 'The Flute Guy' and that magical moment will be in my October 2011 'Recollection' exhibition.
A wonderful thing has come from that meeting.
I can now announce that Ross Bachelder (The Flute Guy) is coming to New Zealand to play at my exhibition! It is a great honour to have him play for us.
So it is fitting that I now release this new painting for a sneak preview. I hope you are able to join us at this exhibition and hear his sublime music. My exhibitions are rare - it has been four years since my previous show. You can see this exhibition is going to be something very special. We usually see between 3000 - 5000 visitors to my exhibition over the two days the works are on show. Many people travel from all over New Zealand, Australia and North America, so I try to make the exhibition something very special that will remain in the memories of those who visit it. With all the usual exhibition build-up, I need to back this wonderful drum roll up with some new paintings - so here is my oil painting of 'The Flute Guy'.