Brooke Paints

 

 

CLEMON CHARLES
EXQUISITE CORPS
MUSICAL CHARIS
THE SPACE BTWN NOTES
SISTER CRAYON
OLD I
MARCUS CORTEZ
AT THE TORCH CLUB
ELEMENT BRASS BAND
RICKY BERGER
Old I
Old I 24x36" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $1500
Exquisite Corps
Exquisite Corps 36x36" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $1800
Musical Charis
Musical Charis 36x36" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Element Brass Band
Element Brass Band 30x40" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $2200
Clemon Charles
Clemon Charles 24x30" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich.SOLD
At the Torch Clu
At the Torch Clu 36x36" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $1600
Sister Crayon
Sister Crayon 30x40" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $1100
The Space Between Notes
The Space Between Notes 24x24" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $1000
Ricky Berger
Ricky Berger 36x18" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Marcus Cortez
Marcus Cortez 22x22" oil painting on canvas. ©2012 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $900
Corner of 22nd & I Street
Corner of 22nd & I Street 40x30" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Aioli
Aioli 40x30" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
City of Trees
City of Trees 40x30" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
A Saturday Afternoon
A Saturday Afternoon 40x30" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. $1800
City Suds
City Suds 36x24" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Butch n Nellies
Butch n Nellies 28x22" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich.$1,000
American Grafitti
American Grafitti 28x22" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
To the Capitol
To the Capitol 36x24" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. 1,500
Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch 28x22" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich.$800
Sunday in McKinley Park
Sunday in McKinley Park 30x24" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
G Street
G Street 28x122" oil painting on canvas. ©2010 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Mediations
Mediations 24x18" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
In Love and Water
In Love and Water 8x10" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Flute at China Dam
Flute at China Dam 12x36" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Cairns
Cairns 18x14" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Responding to Rivers
Responding to Rivers 12x16" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Hang Ten
Hang Ten 10x8" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
SKipping Rocks at the American River
SKipping Rocks at the American River 12x24" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Gazing into the Shallows
Gazing into the Shallows 18x14" oil painting on canvas. ©2009Brooke Walker-Knoblich $500
Kristin's Crossing
Kristin's Crossing 16x20" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Supplicant
Supplicant 12x12" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD
Skipping Rocks on Lake Clementine
Skipping Rocks on Lake Clementine 18x14" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. NFS
Emerging
Emerging 12x12" oil painting on canvas. ©2009 Brooke Walker-Knoblich. SOLD

Retro inspired, folk pop-rock with an all original cast of songs and characters. The Musical Charis painting was inspired by the front woman Jessie Abbey.

Musician Evan Plant modeled live for this painting, inspiring the quiet stillness that happens in the absence of active playing.

Celebrating 80+ years of business, The Old Ironsides has rightfully claimed the local, live music spotlight. Painting also inspired by Brian Jennings, guitarist.

With 17 members total, Element Brass Band brings new life and energy to the New Orleans Second Line. Musicians shown in painting includes founder Byron Colborn on Sax, Anthony Coleman on Trumpet, Brandon Au on Trombone and Joby Morrow on Trombone. 

As THE Blues venue of Sacramento, The Torch Club often  inspires musicians from different bands to spontaneously play together. This painting shows Hans Eberbach  singing with the funk R&B band The Nibblers with Reggie Marks from Mumbo Gumbo on saxophone.

With a deep love and style for classic rock n roll, Marcus Cortez played lead guitar/vocals with several bands including We Prick You, Darling Sweatheart, Black Tar Caviar, and Strange Tongues.

 

Terra Lopez's haunting vocals and ecstatic live performance presence make Sister Crayon's lamenting, trip-hop unforgettable. Buy their albums and catch them on tour here.

 

With an original vision encompassing the lush power of live strings melded with the rhythmic density of indie rock, Exquisite Corps is the perfect marriage of classic and modern. Painting includes Bryan Valenzuela on guitar/lead vocals and Krystyna Taylor on cello.

 

Born in Barbados, his music is a melodic infusion of the West Indies, Alternative Rock and Jazz. Clemon's voice carries a sultry and raspy style that makes his sound unique like a folk singer. Anyone who has ever met Clemon Charles is struck by his magnetism, glow, and generous heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As a singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, flutist, and xylophonist, Ricky Berger's music is described as bubbly pop with a jazz twist, or better yet... Disney after dark.

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MUSICIANS OF MIDTOWN

The inspiration for the series began in 2011 with an ink sketch at The Old Ironsides, one of the oldest live music venues in Sacramento. As the musicians performed--arching and contorting their bodies to the music vibrating throughout the room-- I allowed my pen to dance almost trance-like over the page. Sketching "blindly" I rarely took my eyes off the subject to check the accuracy of the drawing, trying instead to capture the true essence of their sudden, unpredictable movements. Over the next several months, I explored many of Sacramento's live music venues (The Torch Club, Harlow's, The Shady Lady Saloon, Beatnik Studios, Luna's Cafe, Blue Lamp,  etc.) and quickly filled six sketchbooks with over 450 drawings.  The result was a collection of works almost zen-like in its lyricism.

While the sketches succeeded as present tense studies of movement, I ultimately wanted the Musicians of Midtown series to invoke the distinctive feel of the musical genres being performed. The challenge became: how do I visually describe an aural experience?  I began to ask myself what the vibration of a plucked string might look like,  how could the sound from a symphonic rock band look different from funk or pop music, and how does color affect our feelings like musical notes do? Taking my sketches from live performances to my studio, I began to work out these questions in oil paint. Starting with a black canvas (to represent the dark stage before a live performance) I played musical recordings of the band I was painting to set the energy for the piece. I used sketches and sometimes a few photos as visual references and choose colors and brushwork to mimic the feeling of the music.  By roughly jabbing at the canvas in moments of loud intensity or lilting and twirling the paint with the crooning of a note, I often found myself dancing at the easel, trying to keep my tendencies for tight realism at bay. I chose my subjects based on the friendships that developed over the year and a half it took me to create the series. I chose them to represent the diversity of race, gender, and musical genres that make the local Sacramento music scene so vibrant. 

 

The Musicians of Midtown series had its debut at Gallery 2110 in February, 2012 and was celebrated in the Sacramento Press as "Art paying homage to Art." My hope is that the Musicians of Midtown series will inspire an appreciation and support for all of the artists living and working in our local communities. This series is meant to be both seen and heard. Listen here. 

SACRAMENTO SERIES

Sacramento lies at the convergence of the two major rivers that help feed the delta system of Northern California. As the state capital, Sacramento has one of the most diverse populations in America and boasts a vibrant culinary, cultural, arts, and music scene. When I moved to Midtown Sacramento, exploring the surrounding waterways, neighborhoods, and nightlife became a natural extension of my art. The experience inspired 3 new series: Responding to Rivers, Streets of Midtown, and the Musicians of Midtown.  The paintings in both the Responding to Rivers series and the Streets of Midtown series were created in documentary fashion using photographs for reference. Each painting captured a real moment in time and place. The Musicians of Midtown series was much more experimental in its attempt to capture the feeling of live music. 

RESPONDING TO RIVERS 

STREETS OF MIDTOWN