Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

The Climb

Mount Shasta. Out of every three climbers who attempt the summit, only one reaches it. But not before conquering the Misery Hill, which is described as a false summit. You … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pilgrims

We are all travelers, pilgrims, believers in higher purpose, traveling in different directions, but somehow on similar paths. Or maybe on different paths but drawing the same conclusions. Who knows? … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Open Spaces

I have heard about the vast spaces of the West and it doesn’t surprise me that people have been drawn by them for centuries. Here anything seems possible. I want … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Grand Canyon

After 12 years, this is my second trip to the one and only Grand Canyon. Its vastness and gravity still pull me in the same way they did before. It’s … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Solo

I took a solo hike into the bottom of the canyon and began fantasizing about taking a full solo trip. I crave uninterrupted segments of time when I can fully … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Presidential Library

I thought a presidential library was a public library on steroids endowed by a president. A great collection of books, recordings, maps, ultra fast internet access, engaging geography or history … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Change

Change is difficult because it confronts me with the impermanence of all things. I must say goodbye to this home, to this friendship, to this idea of where I fit … Continue reading

March 6, 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

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

A Patch of Blue – Analysis of the Music Score by Jerry Goldsmith

The following is a scholarly paper I wrote during my graduate studies at the New York University in the Fall of 2009, a requirement for professor Ronald H. Sadoff’s class … Continue reading

December 4, 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 · Leave a 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

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

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

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

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

Open Doors

I keep having recurring dreams in which I encounter open doors that need closing. I get distracted in the dream, the doors remains open in the basement or on the … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scissors

I have a thing for scissors. I have to have several pairs in the kitchen, in my painting studio, in the sewing kit, and some smaller pairs for grooming. I … Continue reading

August 26, 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

“The Muse Planner” for Artists and Creatives – How I Organize My Time and Find Inspiration

This is your brain on productivity software. I should know because I have used many of the time management applications and became good at juggling several of them at once. … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Muse Planner for Artists and Creatives

I am a composer, a painter, a graphic artist, a writer, and a poet. I have been known to play the flute, piano, and cello. I am always in motion. … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Muse Planner – Created by an Artist for Artists and Creatives

I have completed the design of the planner and can’t wait to tell you how I have been using it. I think a YouTube video will be in order. The … Continue reading

July 10, 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 · 2 Comments

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

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
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