6×6″ oil on canvas

This is my first baby step towards abstract art.

I want to figure out a way to paint music, specifically Ravel’s “Sad Birds,” and a Beethoven piece that I love.

I image the painting to be abstract, but I haven’t figured that out yet.  Sad Birds would be lonely feeling but beautiful.img_9418


8 thoughts on “Abstract

  1. Very interesting idea, Jill, makes me think of a discussion that I had with my daughter, earlier this week – she was saying how her social studies teacher did a lesson on how to really listen to classical music (this, to a class of 15 year olds!) and he said that they should listen and think which color they would associate with it and then think what is the narrative (to them)….I’m not at all an abstract painter, but, I imagine that would be one way to try to do what you’re thinking of….what was the inspiration for this lovely little piece, btw? 🙂

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    1. That’s interesting. My kids all play the piano and I am taking lessons too for an excellent pianist who is classicaly trained. She will often aske my kids what color they think of when they play certain notes and scales. There’s an idea out there in music theory that the chromatic scale has colors related to it. But it’s individual and subjective to each person. Personally, I can’t hear it and relate color to sound, but many can! My son gave me advice for painting music, he’s 16, he told me I should listen and visualize and then sketch. It’s all a very abstract idea.

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  2. No baby steps… jump in… nothing to lose! Even if you go back to realism or Impressionism you will do and see things differently… there’s no failing!

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