Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

The Flow – Chapter 1

Numbness does not have to be destructive. Its lukewarm embrace can be nourishing, sustaining, prove wonderfully protective. When all other emotions have failed, numbness remains to offer a guiltless escape. … Continue reading

November 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Freakish Intensity

The cover design made it more real. The novel is out with the editor and I am inching toward the release of the book. I am about to enter the … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Back to the Novel Writing

Some of you have asked what happened to the psychological thriller I was writing last year. I had to put it aside for the last few months as I worked … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

From Faint Inklings to Tangible Embodiments

Once upon a time, Kate Steinbeck had a faint inkling about commissioning new music for her ensemble. We had talked about it many months in advance, before she really knew … Continue reading

June 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubble Becomes Art – Score Editing

The final and crucial step of self-editing. Yes, I could catch the same mistakes on the computer screen, but there is something tangible and more immediate about editing on paper. … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Music for Pierrot Ensemble and Percussion

I had a lot of fun creating this graphic animation/representation for my new piece. “Abandon” captures a fleeting moment of forsaking self-imposed restraints in favor of complete freedom and joyful, … Continue reading

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Unifying Principle

How do I express this movement musically? And when I hear gripping music, how do I paint it? These two artistic disciplines have been closely related in my creative output. … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chamber Music Commission – Art Songs

In celebration of its 20th season (2019-2020), Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia have commissioned me to create an innovative work for voice, flute, bassoon and guitar for the chamber music … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Flow – A Psychological Thriller for Artists and Creatives

The Flow, my psychological thriller went out to Beta Readers today. I never thought I would write a book like this. I was only going to outline the plot, just … Continue reading

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pan Harmonia Commission

I am pleased to announce that I have received a commission from Kate Steinbeck of Pan Harmonia to compose a new work in celebration of Pan Harmonia’s 20th season. This project will be … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Terabyte Tiara – New Painting

I have been working intensely on the harpsichord concerto and came to a point where I felt that a quick change in artistic disciplines would do wonders to reset my … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Intersection of Art and the Real World – Twenty Years Later

I am skimming through a few episodes of The West Wing in disbelief that the series is almost twenty years old. In nearly every episode president Bartlet gives his staff … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Toolbox

You can accomplish anything if you have the right tools. However, the problem often lies in the fact that the right tools may be out of reach, you may have … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Quiet Room with a Large Window

To be perfectly honest, following many of you ultra successful artsy people on social media has been difficult recently. Your premieres, international travel, awards, commissions, exhibits, and accolades–you are in … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Awakening for Viola and Piano

Ever since I have heard Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus, my interest in writing for string instruments was piqued. I have since composed string quartets, a string trio, a piano trio, and … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Cross Country Journey

I am making a cross country journey from Asheville, NC to Portland, OR. I have uprooted my family, my music studio, and my painting studio in order to start afresh … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Goodbye

Dear Asheville, Thank you for everything! The last five years have enriched me with new friendships, scenic natural surroundings, and much inspiration for music composition and art making. I am … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Musical Riddle

I came across this chart today while sifting through some old scores. It was tucked away in “Lush”, a piece I composed for soprano saxophone, and jazz chamber orchestra. I … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Treasured Possessions

Some of the most thoughtful gifts I have received over the years have been music scores by other composers. I have many officially released works, as well as a few … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

End of the Chapter

I will be sad to leave my studio at the end of the year. I spent 4 years in this space composing music, painting, writing, playing instruments, and singing. Creative … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Świtezianka

In Polish mythology, Świtezianka is a water nymph living in the lake Świteź, also dragonfly with metallic blue, green, and umber colored wings. Watercolors, acrylics, and ink on paper, 18 … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

Instant Inspiration

Work in progress. Sometimes I see someone in the crowd and know immediately that I want to paint him/her. There is just something about the face or the eyes, maybe … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Life of a Painting

I cannot go to Washington state right now, but my painting “Ebb and Flow” just embarked on a journey to meet its patron there. I send out my artwork into … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

No Commitment

Medusa – one of my early paintings. Remarkably, as I look back, I feel myself drawn to the same color palette again; soft grays, blue, black. Maybe I have come … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Limitation as Freedom

I am discussing the concept of limitation in the context of artistic freedom. When I am faced with the whiteness of my creative page, I like to set limiting parameters … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Quiet Presence – New Watercolor Portrait

Quiet Presence – watercolors and ink on paper, 18 x 24 in (45 x 61 cm) http://www.dosiamckay.com/art/gallery.shtml

July 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

DIY Watercolor Palette

Since I have grown weary of fighting the tubes and wasting precious pigments, I have decided to move my watercolors into tiny plastic containers. Hopefully this new system will work … Continue reading

July 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Self Portrait

Self Portrait – acrylics on paper, 18 x 24 in (45 x 61 cm) http://www.dosiamckay.com/art/gallery.shtml

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ingrid – New Painting

Ingrid – acrylics and ink on paper. 18 x 24 in (45 x 61 cm). http://www.dosiamckay.com/art/gallery.shtml

June 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Value of Art

“The Art of Forgery”, an article written by Simon Bonneau which appeared in Sungrammata,  touches on several important ideas, one of which is the fact that people don’t buy the art. They … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Blue Bend – A New Painting

“The Blue Bend” is inspired by the fantastic colors and crisp air of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Acrylics and ink on stretched canvas. … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Music as Color

I don’t have synesthesia but I find that different keys (tonal centers) have distinct “flavors”. When I compose, a transposition of a musical passage may or may not make sense, … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Watercolors for Symphony Orchestra

When I take a break from music, I turn to painting. My favorite media are watercolors, acrylics, and ink. When the paint is introduced to a wet canvas, it takes … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Mathis der Maler”, Symphony by Paul Hindemith – Analysis

The following is a scholarly paper I wrote during my graduate studies at the New York University in the Fall of 2010, a requirement for professor Justin Dello Joio’s class … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Women Composers in the 21st Century

Following is a list of women composers who are living (have lived) in the 21st century. This compilation focuses on composers of contemporary classical (art) and experimental music written for … Continue reading

February 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Endless Immersion Now On Spotify

Endless Immersion is now on Spotify. 2 hours of pure, gently enveloping bliss to wash away all evil and pain from the face of the Earth. https://open.spotify.com/album/1o9kiRc1sn39JSEBTCQRWw http://www.dosiamckay.com/endlessimmersion.shtml “Endless Immersion … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Afterglow – New Painting

“Afterglow” – acrylics and ink on stretched canvas. Based on a photograph by Kazimierz Skowron, used with permission. No need to frame, the edges are painted black. 48 x 36 … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia now on Spotify

I am excited to announce that my album “Glossolalia” is now on Spotify. I recorded the album two years ago with the fantastic string quartet from Poland – NeoQuartet and vibraphonist … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Midsummer – New Painting

Winter might be lingering on but I have a springy / summery feeling inside. Do you ever come to a point where you are surrounded by gloom but find this … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Quattrocento – A New Abstract Portrait

“Quattrocento” – a new painting, acrylics on stretched canvas, 24 x 36 x 0.75 in (60 x 91 x 2 cm). More exploration of monochromatic hues and restrained color palette. … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fidgeting in the Sacred Space

Where have you done it? So far I have done it on the kitchen counter, in the bathtub, in the basement, in the bedroom, in the bathroom, the living room, … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Swimming in the Sea of Invisibility

I didn’t like my arts teacher in elementary school and the sentiment was reciprocated. I did not agonize over the fact as the teacher didn’t like any of her students. It … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

To Create is to Be Alive

I paint to remember and to forget. To celebrate and to mourn. To rage and to be still. In all of these I want to affirm life and gratitude for … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Seven for Piano Solo

“Seven” – a newly completed piece for piano solo. A virtuosity fix of sorts. Colorful harmonies and cascading arpeggios. For virtuoso and advanced pianists. Get the score at http://dosiamckay.com/music/seven.shtml

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Symbiosis – An Artist’s Internal Dialogue

An artist’s internal dialogue never stops. Isn’t it enough that I have to interact with the outside world? Wouldn’t it be nice to “come home to myself” for the respite … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Is The Point Of Art Making?

What is the point of quiet and consistent art making in a world run by those who scream the loudest and who put on a gaudy circus? If I stop … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gabriela 2 – Ink on Paper

Gabriela 2 – Ink on paper. I am playing more with black and white, and then, of course, where ink meets water, grey happens. I love those soft interactions and … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

“May Night” by Tadeusz Miciński

Crowned donkeys sat on the grass – crickets kiss a wild rose – and death shimmers on the pond and plays a frolicking song.           Mayflies, … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment
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