Sunday, March 21, 2010

Easter Sunday
30 x 34 Oil on Linen

In a recent post I noted Chopin's 200th birthday. Now, 20 days later, it is the 325th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach. I will spare you a list of Bach's extraordinary compositions and his influence in the world of music. He was such an enormous talent, so well known and loved, that I will move right on how his music has affected my painting. When I listen to other composers I often find myself noting a beautiful passage or a lovely melody, but when I listen to Bach I am unaware of any part of the music but rather immersed in the whole piece. The music progresses with such fluidity that to stop, even in appreciation, would ruin the experience. I go into a kind of meditation. Unity. Harmony. Continuity. It would be wonderful if we could go to our local art supply store and pick up a couple of tubes of harmony and unity, but then there's no challenge in that. So how does an artist create the kind of continuity that sends the viewer into a meditative state? By not letting their eye wander about the painting noting a beautiful passage here or a lovely color there. By having control of the palette, moving deftly from light to dark, in and out of color, warm to cool, subtlety to intensity, so that the viewer is given no place to rest. No one part of the painting is more magical than another. No stroke, no color calls attention to itself but serves to enhance the whole. To have such balance in all aspects of the painting, composition, color, massing, light and shade, that the painting can be taken in in a moment. And that one moment becomes a lifetime and contains all the mysteries of the universe.....

2 comments:

Lynda said...

When I stand in front of your painting, "Peanut Butter and Jelly" at Judy's place, I get the impact of Bach. The glint of the jelly catches my eye, and then the smoothness of the peanut butter offers a counterpoint. Up above is a high note saying "PTA" and below is the bread supporting it all. It's got the humor of the Magic Flute, and just makes me smile.

Anna said...

“… listen to Bach I am unaware of any part of the music but rather immersed in the whole piece”. - That is so true about Art! I have the same concept and so much enjoy reading your notes, thank you!