Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I've seen that road before

Lighten the sky, darken the curving shape and now it looks more like a road than a pond. 


Jan Yates, SCA said...

This isn't the same image as below, is it? I like BOTH--a LOT

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

No, not the same image, but the same shapes. Thanks! Any word on finding the THIEF who stole your paintings?

William Cook said...

What a difference! Yesterday I saw a sunset after a terrible storm, Today I see a mountain in the distance. Sometimes a river, sometimes a road. Same comp. Cool! I created a Bartok station on Pandora yesterday, and sorted out some ideas for some brand new work. Why is it that music of this genre yanks the ideas out of dormancy? Pretty wild, You're right.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi William! Thanks for your emotional response to the work. I'm always curious about whether MY emotional intent comes through in the painting.

Great about Bartok, too! And already you see new work, new ideas coming out of that shift. You ask a rhetorical question, I think, but I just can't help myself when I try to answer it somehow.

What is it about this kind of music that is so stimulation and enlivening, enervating? I think about Bartok and Kodaly trekking around the Balkans and Siberia and even into Africa to record folk music onto Edison cylinders. They heard primitive, authentic, raw music. And these impressions and influences came out in their own work.

When I hear Bartok, I imagine him listening to folk music by firelight as dancing and feasting is going on all around him. It touches me deeply and zings me like a shock from a live wire. Maybe, you too?

William Cook said...

Definitely me too. Zap. Instantly makes me want to draw/paint--always did. I knew all that about him searching out the folk genres--from my college courses (which I loved). Our teacher passed away during the 2nd course. I'm rembering this because of the name Kodaly, another composer I've neglected. Thanks for mentioning.

Do you know about ? If not please check it out. It's the result of the music genome project. You create your own radio station based on the characteristics of various music types. I'm going to create a Kodaly station next for example.

Also, check out Patricia Oblack's website. She's another artist that is deeply involved in music in the painting process. Her paintings drive me nuts.


Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Zap! I love the sizzle energy with that word. Thanks for the referral to Patricia Oblack -- crazy,man!

Suzanne said...

Isn't it amazing to see how you can start out with similar shapes and the very different color choices tell a different story and provoke different emotions. And how it brings forward the music in our heads of fellow musicians.