I photographed the above photo seen in a newspaper book review some time ago. I loved it and then forgot about it until recently. I layered some colors and textures which suggested a story to my friend, David. Here it is:
She sat before the piano almost lost in thought, but really her only thinking was about the commission she needed to finish. Her mind had been blank for days. No ideas sprung forth as they usually had in the past. There sat the piano before her, silent and almost mocking. She felt hopeless. All she needed was a mere spark of creativity and she could start with that. Strangely, the keys of the piano began to glow giving a comforting light that bathed her face and warmed the darkened room. The piano began playing quietly as she sat looking at it, while it gave up the tune that she was about to write.
I love it when my art inspires art in others.
We are in the thick of Spring garden work here on "the estate". We do not live on an estate in the sense of a grand estate, but a friend telephoned for me and Barry said I wasn't in the house and she said, "she must be somewhere on the estate". Now I can't stop calling our 3/4 acre "the estate". Just saying it perks me up everytime. If only we had a garden staff on the estate. Once again, I'm really, really going to try to do more sketching and art making outside. Photography counts and I will be doing that for sure. Over the winter I went through my analog archive and pulled out a lot of so-so images thinking I might cut them up for some collage work. The stack was next to where I was painting and when I went to clean off my brush before using another color, I decided to clean the brush on one of the photos. I'm on to something with this and will share some of the results in a future post.
I recently sold one of my Japanese inspired collages and it has prompted me to work on more such pieces. I have piles of Japanese papers and images waiting in the wings. Below is a montage "Washi Paper Boxes, followed by a photo triptch with Japanese influence, and a collage, "Scene From a Japanese Film".
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