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Mozart in the Sky by Gregory Pastoll

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Watercolour on paper. 27 × 37 cm. 1995. At one time I was learning to play the viola, and could not resist doing many paintings of it. And there is one of my great heroes hopefully looking benignly down upon this laudable (though wishful) enterprise of mine! I eventually played this instrument well enough to receive only mild disapproval. Reminds me of that one about the definition of an English gentleman: one who can play the bagpipes, but doesn’t!

Greg paints for the love of being outdoors, and sometimes for other reasons, mostly to record the thrill of a visual experience. He works in all mediums, preferring watercolour for plein air landscape and acrylics for indoor studio work. Painting is not his means of income, but is a hobby, and his source of sanity in an otherwise predominantly left-brained world.

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    Well of course I LOVE this one! Again your use of complementary colours is very eye-catching, and the whole idea of this still life is extremely appealing. I’m sure you played the viola much better than you are letting on! I think Armadeus will be looking down on this painting with a wry smile on his face!

  • I thank you for your confidence in my musical abilities, but am pleased there is no recorded evidence to prove you over-generous! I could knock out a few tunes and enjoyed playing them, but no musician worth anything would have been able to suppress an indulgent smile on hearing me. Then I discovered that musical instruments make a good subject for a painting, and so my enterprise was partially vindicated. Very pleased you like it.

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    JULY, 9th 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • That’s excellent, I am delighted. Thank you.

    – Gregory Pastoll

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 2 years ago

    wonderful music,,sundays morning i play his music,,nice art work

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