Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

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

Seven Colors of Love

Seven Colors of Love Love is green Like freshly-cut grass Raw earthy and sour The stiff sharp blades Pierce your bare feet Without apology Love is blue Like mother’s blouse … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a 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

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

Impression for Piano Solo

Look at what I have unearthed for you! I composed “Impression” in 2007 when I was studying composition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. At that time I was … Continue reading

December 8, 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

Not Knowing

I remember that day a year ago. It was before I began composing “Endless Immersion”. I only had a general idea of what I wanted to do, too vague to … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anemone – A New Way of Composing and Listening

Has it been three years already since Anemone was interpreted through this beautiful dance? The final track from the album “Lacrimosa” has a special place in my heart, as it … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Joyful Surprise

By all calculations I should not have a good day. Yet I woke up with a renewed strength and a desire to face obstacles on my path to creativity. Give … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Used To Know Everything

I used to know everything, some 20 years ago. I wish I could talk to my younger self today so I could gain clarity and perspective on my present life. … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Delusion

Art is not necessary. Art is not indispensable. There are more urgent issues such as maintaining peace, feeding the hungry, and protecting the environment. And yet, if we don’t have … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Translating Color to Music

I feel restless again. Restless to translate these colors I have been dabbing with into music. I don’t hear the sounds yet. I just feel the need to remove myself … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Geometry, Language, and Music – My Path to Composition – Radio Interview on “Zero Crossings”

What do geometry, language, and music have in common? The ancestral shadows, George Michael, and creative loneliness – it’s all there. I am talking about my convoluted path to composition … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unquenchable

I was not born with a paint brush in my mouth. My father was an engineer and spent hours (after work) drawing futuristic cars with ink pens on graph paper. … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Entertaining Angels Unawares

I received a secret message. It was tucked between the siding boards of my home. In the middle of the night someone must have brushed off in a hurry without … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Composition Competitions – Gambling and Return on Investment

I have been sharing my successes and hopes with you, but have been concealing failures and struggles. It is not all glitter and red carpet in my profession. It is … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Paintings – New Color Experiments

Here are a few paintings in progress. I am experimenting with new colors and textures. http://www.dosiamckay.com/art/gallery.shtml

June 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Unconventional

When I talk about Endless Immersion, I’m supposed to have an elevator pitch to capture your attention in one sentence. I don’t have it. I don’t even know what genre … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jackpot – New Composition Inspired by a Visit to a Casino

It is odd to imagine that a quick stroll through a casino would become an inspiration for a new composition for a chamber group, yet the surround-sound cacophony of blips, … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia Premieres in China

NeoQuartet is taking Glossolalia to China to the Beijing Modern Music Festival, marking the premiere of my music on the 4th continent. http://neoquartet.pl/ http://www.dosiamckay.com/glossolalia.shtml http://bmmf.org.cn/EN/CalendarDetail.aspx?id=540

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Taking Musical Chances, Reaping Musical Rewards

More than a year ago I took a chance on a string quartet from Poland I have only heard in recordings. I flew in to Gdańsk, we met in person … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Title This Drawing

Help me title this new drawing. The portrait is composed of hundreds of words written quickly in a stream of consciousness. Part a disjointed confession, an undecipherable monologue, or a … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Women Who Shape Us

I will wish my Mother a happy Mother’s Day on May 26 because that’s when the Polish celebrate it. Today I am posting a photograph of my Grandmother. Not a … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Unveiling” for String Orchestra

“Unveiling” written for string orchestra is an exploration of layers of sounds. Beginning with one solitary note, new aural strata gradually unfold in which multiple layers of counterpoint constantly shift, … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion Installation

Endless Immersion Installation – the colors morph, merge, dissolve, and drift away. Just like the music. I’ve had a great response to a private showing of the installation. Each guest … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Endless Immersion Download

Can you download single tracks of Endless Immersion? Yes, you can. There are only two of them. Each one is a seamless one-hour immersive experience, and you can preview them … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Submerged – New Music for Piano Solo

“Submerged” is one of my early compositions for piano solo. Ever since a pianist friend played for me “The Sunken Cathedral” by Claude Debussy in ninth grade, I felt enchanted … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Calliope – The Patroness of Inspiration

Calliope is the muse of epic poetry, the patroness of inspiration. http://tinyurl.com/muaj4ru

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment
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