Today’s Rhapsody is another from the great Duke Ellington the Lazy (or Swanee) Rhapsody.
Recently I’ve been making an effort to start working on my professional portfolio again. The group of pictures I’m currently focusing on are all from my favorite Mamas and Papas song,. “Dancing Bear” it’s not one of their better known ones and I’m frequently surprised the number of people haven’t heard of it. The best part about it is all of the imagery it’s like they’re singing a nursery rhyme. For a while I was playing around with the idea of making a children’s book out of it… but really there’s only about five pictures in it so I’ll stick with the portfolio pieces.
Currently I’m working on the chimney sweep from the first verse… Today’s sketch is my preliminary idea for the dancing bear.
Today’s sketch is from the Seattle Art Museum’s porcelain collection. This one is called Children Drinking Milk. It was made in Sevres France between 1766 and 1773 and done in soft paste biscuit porcelain. The model is by Étienne Maurice Falconet
Today’s Rhapsody is the Czech Rhapsody by Bohuslav Martinu for Violin and Piano. There’s also an orchestral version of this that I look forward to sharing soon.