Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Theme: Water; Variation: Sailboat on Lake Union

Water continues to be on my mind.

A motif I can't keep from humming and improvising around. Today, a variation on the theme that includes the small sailboat next to me on Lake Union. The sun is out. The wind has lifted a light chop on the water, creating a wondrous squiggle as the mast lets go of its need to reflect itself perfectly.

Speaking of themes and variations, one of the most lovely is this, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and this the 18th variation played by Arthur Rubinstein.

5 comments:

B Boylan said...

Heya Kvan! I love your water pieces, you paint the element so well and beautifully! Water continues to be one of my favorite subjects to paint as well...and I just can't explain it any better than that it is such a mysteriously deep subject to capture! Hooray for this beautiful piece! You done well! :)

Celeste Bergin said...

Katherine...this water is very beautiful...I like how you treated the neighboring boat. The Rubenstein goes with it so well. Calling your blog "Art and Music" was definitely a good idea.

Alina Chau said...

beautiful painitng!! Rubinstein is one of my all time favourite pianists. His life story is as inspiring as his performance.

SamArtDog said...

Kvan, my earbuds are filling my head with the ambient slosh of waves as the brainwave entrainment program, "Floating" accompanies your dreamy water. I'll listen to the Rach with it on the computer later.
Yikes, is this the 21st century, er what?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Years ago, I declared myself as a Literature major after reading ST Coleridge's epic poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Illustrated by Gustave Dore, I still have a copy in my library.

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

This stanza still haunts my thoughts whenever I think of water!

Thanks for the comments!