|"Summer Rhythms," Mary Pal|
After a couple of false starts in my sketchbook, where I found myself always reverting to a representational interpretation, I sat down with headphones and listened again carefully to the selection. I waited for colors and shapes to appear and jotted them down. As I look at the finished piece, I know exactly which sections of the music each row of shapes refers to, so I can hear the music when I look at them.
This was a totally new way of working for me. One false start, of course, evolved into a portrait with wavy hair containing all the movement of the music. But I scrapped that because I knew that working in our own usual style was not the goal here. My second false start was a tree in a summer storm. Again, that was not me responding to the music but making a story from the musical inspiration.
|"Summer Rhythms" detail|