Calligraphy Banner – Acrylic on Canvas by Linda Renc, Copyright October 2012
Song by Ellis Paul, Copyright Ellis Paul Publishing (Used by permission)
“I love music and art – songwriting is painting with words and chords and melodies. It has to be a sensory experience like a moving picture – letting the details of the picture tell the story. You ‘hear the painter’ in these songs. I am at my best when I do this.” – Ellis Paul interview; www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk
I first heard Ellis Paul sing years ago at our Tampa Bay community radio station WMNF in their newly-built broadcast studio. He was in town for a concert, and dropped in as a special guest during the annual fundraising marathon. Bill and I were invited to come and be part of the small live audience. Wow. Terrific singer, well-used guitar, great original songs, and entertaining stories about odd places like “Alice’s Champagne Palace”.
Fast forward to 2012. Our gallery’s occasional acoustic concerts with various singer/songwriters had grown over three years into respectable indoor events. Early in the summer our listening room was recommended to singer Catie Curtis, who had volunteered to organize a national musical fundraiser for a non-partisan action group in Washington DC. She asked if we could host one of fifty small benefit concerts across the U.S. during a big fundraising weekend, and she offered us a familiar name, Ellis Paul. We went into high gear and gathered a sold-out crowd on the evening of Sept. 30th.
Two weeks before Ellis’ Voices United Concert, I decided to ‘go for it’ and welcome our guests to Dunedin with a hand-painted canvas banner inspired by one of his songs. I liked the line from his upbeat tune that went ‘You paint the picture with colors squeezed from you hands”. Running through my head nonstop while preparing for the concert, Ellis’s catchy song “The World Ain’t Slowing Down” took over my canvas, and painted words spilled over the edges. A guitar’s vibrating strings speed through space towards a globe peopled with Ellis’ lyrical inventions and urban icons – like subways, rocking lampposts and merry-go-rounds circling the Big Blue World.
I am very pleased to offer a limited edition print of this song-painting to art lovers and music fans (especially of Ellis). A 50% donation per print is being made to Ellis Paul’s next album project due out in May 2013. What’s that? Limited time only, please order soon.
“BIG BLUE WORLD” PURCHASE INFO:
LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINT – Signed & numbered by the artist. Edition of 50 prints; archival inks on Epson premium paper. Matted print (overall size 14-½“ x24”).
Price $45.00 (plus shipping $6.50). Available framed, price $140.00 (shipping cost on request).
Original “Big Blue World” hand-painted canvas banner – size 26“ wide x44“ long is on display at the Painted Fish Gallery, price on request.
Place your order with me, and I’ll send you a print! Click the Buy button on www.paintedfishgallery.com home page. Or visit our gallery to buy one in person.
THANK YOU for supporting this project!