This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Jun 11, 2012

Maikel Mei's new paintings

Maikel Mei goes on within his painting work. He sent me the pictures of a series of 4 new canvas.
First, he only made this pair, without really knowing in which order they should stand, or rather, like with his other series, letting open the choice to choose an arrangement. Indeed, does this suggest how the woman's body resembles a nose flute, or how a nose flute looks like a woman. Which of them is the real subject ?

They were painted in acrylic, using 2 main colours (burnt Siena and Persian rose) and 1 brush ('size 10'). Both 3D-canvasses measure 60 x 80 centimeters.

The idea for this diptych came from many guitarists naming their guitar after a woman, as the clean lines of the instrument resemble the curves of a female torso. Also, I wanted to create a combination of the nose flute and the female nude, similar to how photographer Man Ray projected the f-holes of the cello onto a female torso as seen from the back.

Indeed, we immediately think of the Violon d'Ingres, by Man Ray in 1924, in which the body of the famous model Kiki de Montparnasse is shown like a violin. There is a difference however, since Man Ray's work is a synthesis of both images (Kiki-violin) and thus, avoid the question of the arrangement of a diptych.

Then, Maikel Mei, without surprise when you have caught his obsession of symmetry, painted the Blonde version.

The blonde was also painted in acrylic on 60 x 80 cm. canvas, with Persian rose and Azo yellow light as the main colours. For this one I also used burnt Sienna, Blue sky light, besides basic black and white. For the 'tulip tattoo' I had to use red!

Then the question of the arrangement gets much more actual!

The paintings probably could do well as each other's mirroring image, I guess (1 hanging upside down, 'reflecting the other').

So would you place them like this, like that or another way ?

Here are some painting details :



On the same topic :

- Beautiful drawings by Maikel Mei
- Nose flute paintings by Maikel Mei
- Maikel Mei's new paintings
- Bocarina painting by Maikel Mei

- Mei's History of Art - Series 1: Rock Cave Art



  1. The erotic site of the noseflute in the floodlight.Playing it and feeling the forms of the Bocarina.........Jaguar E-type!

    Job te Pas
    Den Haag/Holland
    On YouTube: "jobtepas"

  2. Yes, and the swan looks more like a VW beetle !

    All the best,


  3. Great works! Mister Mei is a very creative man! And referring to the famous work puts the nose flute in a well-deserved place in the history of arts :0)