Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brian Cameron

feature artist

Violin scroll
Acrylic on gessoboard
6 x 6

Being a lover of all things violin and of paintings, and remembering that once upon a time and long ago i used to be a painter of pictures, i thought i'd spend some time having a look around on the net for inspiration.
Perhaps i need a good dose of creative stimulation from other artistically minded souls to kick start my painting once again. If not, then at least to appreciate what other artists are doing.

Brain Cameron's 'Violin Scroll' has certainly captured my attention with its warm sensuality and lush brushstrokes. 
A delicious artwork…. ((((sigh))))

Vov Dylan - Bartók CD Cover - A work in progress

currently working on Vov Dylan's next CD!

My blog of late has been more about featuring Vov Dylan's CD's than my own journey learning to play violin. 

Nevertheless it's still a journey albeit through aural and visual means and never did i imagine being involved on this level whereby i would be designing CD cover art for such a fine musician.

With that being said, I'm excited on many fronts. Firstly the CD cover work (in progress) for the Bartók 44 Duos for Two Violins will hopefully feature (seen here) my original watercolour work; GDAE Notes on a Violin, painted in 2009, when i first started violin lessons with "il Maestro" which i have colour inverted for the cover.

Secondly, having a very personal connection with this CD, that of being present when it was recorded back in September 2013, and witnessing the physical feat it was for these violinists Vov Dylan and Robert Sek to get through this body of work by Bartók.

Finally because i have attempted to learn some of the duets in Book I and play along with the Maestro himself. 

Vov along with Glenn Amer on piano, have also recorded 6 Romanian Folk Dances (also by Bartók) for this album. 
This series of 44 duets composed in 1931 by Hungarian born composer Béla Bartók is hoping to be released by September.

donna con il violino blu
donna con il violino blu © 2014 patricia vannucci 
perugina art © 2014 patricia vannucci

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vov Dylan with Glenn Amer on piano - Timeless

currently working on


Happy to still be involved in then next CD cover art project!

 "il Maestro" Vov Dylan will release this CD, which is a follow on from Incidental, at the end of August. This album will feature the timeless melodies of the American songbook, covering melodies such as As Time Goes By, Misty, Someone To Watch Over Me, Night and Day, Blue Skies, i'll be Seeing You amongst many others - it is a BIG album with 17 tracks and an hour of material.

Recorded at Underwood Studios in the Blue Mountains with Glenn on a beautiful Steinway model D, and joining in on 10 tracks is Double Bassist Darcy J Wright!

Congratulations again fellas!

donna con il violino blu © 2014 patricia vannucci

Monday, May 12, 2014

Vov Dylan with Glenn Amer on piano - Incidental

currently working on


Vov Dylan and Glenn Amer performing the late 19th century 'incidental' music for Violin and Piano.

The lead up to and first few hours of the job are sheer panic.

Starting a new project is always exciting, however the responsibility for creating
‘the stage’ on a small CD via photography for such amazing musicians makes me nervous, so much so that procrastination ensues.
The lead up to and first few hours of this undertaking are sheer panic as images are recalled. Hopefully after some discussion with the main man I’m able to quiet my nervous tension so the process can begin.

Typically there is a photograph from the shoot that stands out and it is this, which usually directs the CD and from there it starts to evolve. It is this latter process to which I derive the most enjoyment.

As always it is a privilege to witness these artists whilst they record.
I can only hope that my cover does their work justice.

My congratulations to Vov, Glenn and Evan, a most beautiful collaborative work.

To Vov, thank you again for giving me the honour of creating the cover.


Photography & CD Cover design
Patricia Vannucci
St Ives shoot
23 September 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Joshua Bell - on the Vieuxtemps Guarneri

Source: Progressive Art Laboratory Length: 4min 42sec
 Monday 5 July 2010

Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell discusses what it feels like to play a 
Guarneri del Gesù violin once owned by composer Henri Vieuxtemps


One of the last violins to be created by the master, Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri,  Vieuxtemps Guarneri, made in 1741 three years before his death.

it has been played in concert halls around the world by some of the greatest virtuosi of its 269-year existence. It is named after Henri Vieuxtemps, a 19th-century musician who composed solo pieces for violin which he performed using the instrument.
More recently, it has passed through the hands of Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman.
Excerpt above taken from The Guardian, Tuesday 6 July 2010.
© 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.


It's interesting to hear him speak on how he feels previous owners leave their imprint on the instrument.

"I think there may be a physical element to having a great violinist like Vieuxtemps playing on an instrument like that, I think they leave their imprint on the instrument.. maybe scientists will figure out exactly how that works.. When someone plays on it in a particular way, plays it in tune and really milks the violin for what it's worth for many many years, i think it really makes the violin in some way what it is. 
I don't think it's a coincidence that the violin sounds as great as it does…" Joshua Bell

Finding it fascinating, I could not resist sharing this short video here.