An unassuming little life

Aperture

Diana Battefeld, Aperture, 2019, 100 x 100 cm, [Oil on Linen]   It was a hot, late Spring, Sunday afternoon, remember? We were working on some long computation. We had split the problem in two, I had one section, you had the other, as we always did. The building was empty. Not a sound anywhere. …

An unassuming little life

The Afternoon Nap

Diana Battefeld, The Nap, 2019,  80 x 100 cm, [Oil on Linen]   We have lived a life of nomads, you and I, going from country to country and city to city, never growing roots. I have slept on airports, on planes, in cars, on trains, on buses on a boat, in a helicopter, in …

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Music and Health

Diana Battefeld,  Practice Break After the Snowstorm, 80x100cm, 2019, [Oil on Linen]. Every musician experiences physical discomfort and ailments that are disabling.  Sometimes, these instrument-related maladies can leave the musician maimed for life, more often, however, they are a temporary nuisance that prevent the player from performing for many months. In order to avoid injuries …

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The Physics of the Violin

Diana Battefeld, Diva, (80x60cm), 2018, [Oil on canvas]. In playing the violin, it may be instructive to know what is going physically when the fingers are pressed upon the fingerboard and the bow slides on the string to carry the right kind of sound.  From a purely physical point of view, when a string vibrates …

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The Breakfast

Diana Battefeld, The Breakfast, 50×100 cm, 2018, [Oil on Linen] There is nothing in the world like music. And there is nothing in the world like making music.  The act of playing an instrument uses the entire brain, the entire body even.  For the slightest tension in your little toe can have an effect on …

Painting of the Week

Butterfly

Diana Battefeld, Butterfly, 2015 [Oil on Canvas]. After an image of NGC 6302, photographed by NASA’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team. Aleksander Friedmann did not live to see the impact of his discovery. He died in 1925. The significance of his work was not appreciated until two years …

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