WORLD PREMIERE APRIL 30 NEW YORK STATE

Newest concerto by American superstar Augusta Read Thomas, April 30 at 8 pm at SUNY Fredonia, New York. Open to public and livestreamed.

This composer is full of ferocious joy and energy, and this relatively short (13′) concerto has enthusiastically kicked my butt for the last few months. I’m truly looking forward to the event of playing it live with the committed and strong students at SUNY Fredonia with their leader, Dr Paula Holcomb.

I have made mixed media art as an almost unconscious part of the reflection and integration of this challenging and dynamic and very new piece of music.

And here is a quote from the composer:

“Music for me is an embrace of the world – a way to open myself up to being alive in the world in my body, in my sounds, and in my mind.”— Augusta Read Thomas

 

 

 

DARWOOD’S WILD BASSOON

DARWOOD’S WILD BASSOON

 

A supremely gifted young fighting dragon struggles to convince his family and community that playing the bassoon is his heart’s desire and life’s purpose.

On the eve of his final burning, looting and terrorizing exams (BLT), Darwood takes a big chance and flies back in time to discover all the elements that lead to a surprise ending and general rejoicing.

Fun for the whole family, this compelling 40′ story is performed by acclaimed solo bassoonist, Nadina Mackie with guest narrator and accompanied by great orchestral and solo music for bassoon with string orchestra and percussion, enhanced with digital projections of 25 of Nadina’s gigantic paintings.

When the physical paintings are also exhibited in connection to the show, audiences see the hands-on, real-life art that went into the show and we offer guided art workshops for all ages as part of the experience.

Contact me if you or your orchestra is interested in presenting this extraordinary celebration of imagination, diversity and classical music in Darwood’s Wild Bassoon.

PHOTO GALLERY

WORKS IN PROCESS

BIRDS – Commissioners’ Club

BIRDS – Commissioners’ Club

Inspired by a casual suggestion from my son, I began this series of paintings this summer for the McKellar Market near my home in Ontario.

Jake challenged me to do the paintings within an hour, which I did for the first 20. I deemed that to be oddly exhausting and now allow myself more time. I like the rapid sketch style of the early beta birds, and I also love the detailed emotions and colors of current avians. Now that my regular employment as a bassoonist and teacher is starting to return, I hope to continue making birds though it might take more time.

I have painted 47 birds since August, 2021, all in acrylic on small wood gallery panels, 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″. After painting the first 42, I introduced the Commissioners’ Club, using custom-made (Upper Canada Stretchers in Owen Sound) birch-wrap panels and the commissioner is invited to specify the species of bird. Some commissioners continue to leave the choice up to me. And four of the commissions are for imaginary birds! These birds are now $300 Canadian, plus shipping and HST/GST (in Canada). The commissioner only pays once they approve of the art that I make. I currently have 24 commissions on my waiting-for-the-birds list. Delivery times are vague so no rush orders unless you want to add a zero to the price. I haven’t figured out how to add this concept to my shop since the actual paintings are sold before I create them, so you just have to write to me if you want to be on the list. Most commissioners order one and a few have ordered  multiples up to eight (if you want a flock!).I have really enjoyed making these birds and shipping them across North America and worldwide. Let me know if you want one!

NEW BASSOON ART ON SOCIETY6

Today we released another of the color versions of the artwork that Tobias Sid John has created for my book, Solitary Refinement.

The featured work was created for my Thank You page and is called Dedication. I love how Tobias captured the earnest, happy gratitude of the musician while keeping our eyes and imaginations focused on the transcendent bassoon.

There are about 50 new products with this lovely unicorn-coloured floating bassoon and the elfin, purple-booted bassoonist. Everything from stickers, notebooks, cards to T shirts, hoodies, cups, masks, comforters and even furniture.

Visit the store here to see all the products.

LAST MARKET OF SUMMER – 24 BIRD SALUTE

I will be attending the last market of the summer, but only as a visitor since I have sold all the paintings already… I think it would be weird to set up my table and have nothing for sale! (I did that last week).

This summer was my first experience of showing up to an outdoor market every Saturday except one when I had heat stroke and showing my art. And playing my bassoon on the 4 Saturdays that didn’t feature rain. For the last three weeks, I stopped bringing my lavish huge canvases and started painting small panels (8″ x 8″ x 1.5″ gallery wood) with local birds. And I showed the art each week online before going to market, with the result that absolutely everything sold before market day and I had a waiting list for 14 birds. Very interesting and enjoyable.

If you’re in the near north of Ontario, come visit The McKellar Market on October 9 for Thanksgiving.

Here are the 24 birds that are finished. Write to me if you want to be on the Waiting is for the Birds List. The way it works is you get a number in the order that you sign on, you pay for the bird up front ($45Can + HST/shipping) and then get offered the bird that emerges when your number comes up. You can say yes or no until we find the bird you like. One collector ordered 8! That was fun for both of us.

And thank you to the musicians and artists and other good people who jumped at this chance to own some of my art. You know that your support makes a huge difference for good in my life

xoxoxo Nadina

 

 

CAPE MAY WARBLER

I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH (sold)

 

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

PEWPEWPEWMUDDAFUKKAS (sold)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER

LEAN IN, HEY! (sold)

PURPLE MARTIN

RUFFLED (sold)

BLUE JAY

WHERE’S MY PEANUT! (sold)

SANDHILL CRANE

I AM A DINOSAUR (sold)

PRINCESS (sold)

Princess – detail

CARDINAL

HELLO, HOOMAN (sold)

CARDINAL

COVID CARDINAL (I’M NOT WEARING ANY PANTS) (sold)

RAVEN CROW (sold)

GRACKLE STARES (sold)

Chipping Sparrow

MIGHTY SPARROW (sold)

HEYYYYY JAY! – detail (sold)

FENALE CARDINAL

MY QUEEN (sold)

JAY SAYS HEY! (sold)

REDWING KING (sold)

CARDINAL RULER (sold)

CARDINAL INQUISITION (sold)

BLOSSOM (sold)

NORTHERN FLICKER (sold)

RESTING BIRD FACE (sold)

THE GRACKLE HAS LANDED (sold)

raven

I AM NOT A CROW (sold)

Tufted Titmouse with Seeds

You Are My Sunshine (sold)