So much of the sensory experience of being by the ocean is based on what we hear – fog horns, gulls, and the ever-changing music of the waves. Song in a Pale Key is about the subtleties, when the moist air absorbs and expands the sounds. The gentle movements of water can seem to energize the space between droplets of moisture, generating a background chord behind the higher pitched liquid melody of waves overturning. It isn’t a dark sound. Instead, it seems light and evanescent, maybe because evaporation is its conclusion. I chose to keep the tonal and value key of the painting high, to emphasize the lightness of the music and its transient nature. The foggy, atmospheric distance speaks to the presence of droplets of moisture, which equates with notes in this artist’s imagination. Enjoy.
Another wonderful painting, full of sensory detail.
Thank you – I always hope the paintings take viewers to a special place.
I love the ridge of clouds above and the subtle play of warm and cool tones. Lovely. I’m hearing some Eric Satie and Ravel.
Thank you Kathy…and some Eno, Harrison, and Glass….