Saturday, December 10, 2016
December brings to me the urge to turn inward. This year I have a new book in progress, and its voices and stories have been coming quietly and steadily. Thus, inward seems to be the right direction.
I thank all of you who visit this blog and partake of the words, art, and music I share here. I hope you'll be back in 2017.
I will close the year here by sharing some recent music. The first track is an ambient piece inspired by the snowy landscape and late-autumn light.
The second is a country song that tells a story inspired by an early morning moment and a glimpse of a stranger.
The third is a cowboy Christmas song in a vintage style.
I hope you enjoy listening.
I wish you the best for this season and the new year ahead.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Seapoint Beach, Kittery Maine
Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown,
watercolor and graphite on paper, 2016.
Friday, July 01, 2016
Sunday, June 05, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
watercolor on paper, 2016
It may have been the winter that never was here in Vermont, but I suspect there will be a bit more winter mixed with the spring that arrives this week. With most of my work time devoted to the third draft of a book right now, I'm taking a moment, on this quiet Sunday morning, to share a look back and a look ahead.
Letting winter go, I share this short video combining most of this year's winter watercolors with new music for lap steel and laptop:
Sunday, March 06, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Like many endeavors, it begins with the second cup of coffee. It's a cold January morning-- clear, the temperature below zero-- and sunlight spreads across a snowy landscape, finds my window, suffuses the room. I hear a cluster of tones inside me, and putting my coffee mug aside, take my steel guitar from the case. Steel bar in hand, I play the notes. Next, I rummage in my studio until I find the old Yamaha digital reverb-- 20th century vintage, seldom used of late-- that seems to be the tool I need. Within minutes I have a signal path to my computer, and I hit the record button.I begin to play, all the while internalizing that suffusion of winter light, letting it spread into the sounds I'm making.
Later that day, out on a trail run, I keep that music playing inside me as I explore the changing light and shadow of the winter day. -KMB
Photos by KMB
Saturday, January 23, 2016
During the Vermont winter, I find that the available light for watercolor painting is limited in duration. I do more drawing than painting during December and January.
But there are times when the light is right--and that's when I act quickly to paint the things that catch my attention. This year the snow did not arrive until January, making it all the more welcome -- and inviting to paint.