This painting was inspired by the Thelonious Monk’s jazz ensemble piece called Monk’s Mood. I will always appreciate and be inspired by the artist who goes outside the lines, so to speak. The more outrageous and daring the better. Thelonious Monk veered from tradition, a true artist, and I love the mood his music puts me in!
The painting was completed in many layers, over many evenings. The title was suggested by my husband, who is the jazz expert in the family.
I’ve been very contemplative lately. You see, today is my 49th birthday. Yay. I’ve never been bothered by a birthday number before, until this one. Probably because my father died of heart complications when he was 49, so this is a weird one for me.
My Dad lived a full and adventurous life, we were very close. He inspired so many friends and family, he literally lived each day to the fullest. The lessons he taught me in the short 25 years I had with him were immeasurable, imperative, and a part of me everyday.
So, happy birthday to me! Thank you to all my friends, may we all live long and prosper!