Thursday, July 29, 2010
Cannery Cove Study, 8 x 10
My mother and sister are awesome musicians. I've seen pianos perk up and stand at attention when they walk into a room. When I was a kid I went into a music store with them and thought I saw a nervous piano wetting itself....but then I realized it was a leaky humidifier and not a B version of Fantasia.
When playing, my sister goes through a piece once or twice as written and then a look crosses her face and she moves off on her own, using the music only as a guide for what she wants to hear, letting her heart be her guide. She departs the text, having the skill to do so.
The artists I most admire do this all the time, using reality only as a guide for their own interpretations. Sergei Bongart, Quang Ho, Cathe Gill, Scott Burdick/SusanLyons, Peggy Kroll-Roberts, Ron Lukas, Bob Phinney are just a few artists whose works have a singular stamp of personality that stems from letting what they see only be a guide for what they want to say.
'Cannery Cove' was a small quickie at a new park on the island while on the way home from town. In general I like what happened yet have a feeling that 'reality' remained too influential. I can't say right now (give me a month) what I'd do differently, but there is this sense that this was one where I needed to "depart the text" more than I did.