This is the fourth piece in a new series called Musical Expressions. The intent of the portraits are to convey the feeling expression that accompanies the music.


11 × 14 acrylic and pastels on Fabriano paper

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere

Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very, very
Mad world, mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me, what’s my lesson?
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very, very
Mad world, mad world, enlarging your world
Mad world

Lyrics written by Orzabel and Roland from the perspective of a disillusioned teen for the song Madworld

Featured in Contemporary Pastel Painters
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Other works in the Musical Expressions Series

Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 24 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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Comments

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work

  • Thank you Maggie!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 3 years ago

    You’ve done yourself proud with this one Leslie….congratulations…

  • Thank you dear Janis! That means a lot coming from you!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    wonderful leslie great colourand much feeling in this work !LIz

  • Thank you Liz! I was glad to complete it and not continue to mull it over in mind!lol

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • ab-type
    ab-typeover 3 years ago

    yes i agree, i can really feel this. great work. ;-)

  • Thank you Aglaia! I appreciate stopping by and saying that!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    one of your best portraits Leslie…moody and full of drama..

  • Thank you dear Linda!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • salena
    salenaover 3 years ago

    Oh yes I really like this!! – very emotionel!

  • Thank you dear Salena!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Bumchkin
    Bumchkinover 3 years ago

    wonderful work! :)

  • Thank you for taking the time to let me know you like it! Thank you:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • kasia  ikasia
    kasia ikasiaover 3 years ago

    excellent*

  • Thank you Kasia!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful highlights & tones to this Captivating portrait Leslie
    A fantastic edition to your Fabulous gallery …Paul

  • What a generous comment Paul!! Thank you very much! I hope you have a lovely, creative day:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • judyjones
    judyjonesover 3 years ago

    I love the contouring and the coloured highlights-very nice indeed.;-)

  • Thank you very much Judy!!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

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