“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

3.24.2008

Robins as music


To J.Y. for his purchase of Spring Equinox 2008.  This is my first piece to sell as a direct result of this blog.  Coincidentally (or not), it's my first piece to actually exist  because of this blog.  When J.Y. saw this piece, it reminded him of a musical score - something that never occurred to me while I was working on it, but of course, now that I  look at it, I see it, too.  (Ditto the ever-wonderful Michael.)  Which makes me as happy as the sale.  Because isn't art supposed to be not only about what the artist brings to the table, but what the viewer brings also?  If not, it ought to be.  I'm glad I didn't  think of this painting as a musical score while involved in its creation (although I would  have positioned the robins so they were more obviously musical notes) but I would've agonized about it, I would have worried, I would have re-done it over & over - those robins would've flown off the canvas just to get away from me.  I would probably still be standing in front of the canvas trying to make a decision.

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