Monday, August 27, 2012

"Verbal Music"


"Poetry is verbal music for my soul." Words that are arranged to describe an emotion or an image can so change a person's outlook that it is magical. Poetry helps the visual artist as well as the composer to create deeper works. All three are needed...poetry, music, and visual art.

This piece is a great lesson in controlling a very active background of color and composing a piece that will work visually.

Line engravings continue to be one of the best ways to accomplish very definite shapes out of a pool of multitudinous color. An artist could use their own ink drawings, but I think the precision of these engravings makes it more sophisticated unless the artist takes the time and effort to create a very detailed ink drawing with shading. It takes more than a single line drawing. Also, by choosing a line engraving that has a definite repeat of a geometric shape gives the piece rhythm and stability.

The collage fragments of poetry by Ralph Waldo Emerson also bring a light value with no detail that causes it to stand out as the focal point of the piece.

And the last thing is very straight Spencerian Script written from edge to edge in a tinted white gouache that connects with the other light areas and cools down some of the very warm orange color notes. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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