Neil McChrystal Art

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La Mer

After doing Sibelius’ Third as part of the 28 Songs Later series, I decided to try another three-part classical piece, but this time full size in oils. So where each movement of S3 was an 8″x8″ canvas board in acrylic, each of the movements of La Mer are 20″x20″ canvases in oil. Quite a lot more work required. I think it’s almost done:

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The individual parts:

lamer1 - De l'aube à midi sur la mer

La Mer 1 : “De l’aube à midi sur la mer”

lamer2 - Jeux de vagues

La Mer 2 : “Jeux de vagues”

lamer3 - Dialogue du vent et de la mer

La Mer 3 : “Dialogue du vent et de la mer”

 

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RSA Open

I’ve just submitted Sibelius’ Third to the RSA Open Exhibition. Fingers crossed!

 

sibelius3_triptych_neilmcchrystal

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Cumulo Carcharinus (now Megaptera!)

More work on the new cloud painting, which has got a lot less shark-like and a lot more whale-like, so I’ve changed the name to Cumulo Megaptera. I’ll try again for a shark for the series. This is turning into a series of sea-life clouds!

cumulo megaptera

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Cumulo Carcharhinus (WIP)

Decided to get a new largeish oil on the go. Something that I can potter at for a while. I’ve revisited one of the paintings I did for the 28 Skies Later project back in 2014, but I’m trying to bring a bit of the freedom of the abstracts in – be a bit less smooth and controlled. Still a way to go, but I’m happy with the start.

cumulo Carcharhinus WIP030416

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Songs Twenty-six to Twenty-eight : Sibelius : Symphony No.3

I wanted to try something a bit more ambitious for the big finish, so I worked on these three together. I’ve tried to capture to flow of the music – Sibelius’ symphonies flow together more than any other composer I know – in fact by the seventh he’d abandoned the movement altogether. This one also has a lovely structure with a central melody that slowly emerges in the first, dominates the second and is consumed by the third, and I thought that would link the three pieces together (it’s the yellow bit).

 

song 26 - sibelius 3 - 1st movement1: Allegro moderato (in C major)

song 27 - sibelius 3 - 2nd movement 2 : Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto (in G-sharp minor)

song 28 - sibelius 3 - 3rd movement3: Moderato – Allegro ma non tanto (in C major)

song 28 - sibelius 3 - set

All three movements together

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Song Twenty-five : The Wound (Marillion)

Song Twenty-five : The Wound (Marillion)
 
“And the fern is beautiful in it’s own way
Uncurling in the dark
Beautiful with no one there to see it
As the wound weeps and aches “
song 25 - the wound

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Song Twenty-four : Spectral Mornings (Steve Hackett)

Song Twenty-four : Spectral Mornings (Steve Hackett)
 
Sort of a request, but one I’d probably do anyway.
song 24 - spectral mornings

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Song Twenty-three : Aerodynamic (Daft Punk)

Song Twenty-three : Aerodynamic (Daft Punk)

Decided to put black gesso on a couple of boards, see how that turned out. I think this one worked OK.

song 23 - aerodynamic

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Song twenty-two : If You Wait (London Grammar)

Song twenty-two : If You Wait (London Grammar)
 
Another request this one.
song 22 - if you wait

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Song Twenty-one : Violet Hill (Coldplay)

Song Twenty-one : Violet Hill (Coldplay)

A request. This one wasn’t massively successful. There were a lot of water effects which didn’t dry terribly well unfortunately – it looked better wet. Also I promised I wouldn’t use purple and failed 😉

song 21 - violet hill