Music music music

Images of music are swirling through my head these days. I've got so many I want to piece! Keyboards, whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, the staff, treble clef, bass clef, guitars, sheet music, etc. 

I sketched this recently and have been piecing it bit by bit -- It's tricky because the keys require "set-in seams."  I've had to discipline myself to learn more difficult methods to get the results I want -- not easy!  My inclination is to "go with the flow" and improvise when I come up against a piecing dilemma.

First I figured out the shapes which must be pieced together to make one "key" in the keyboard, and I chose the values (colors) that would give it depth and perspective. However, after looking at them laid out nicely on my cutting board, I realized I didn't really know how to piece this thing together!!!

FORTUNATELY, I was in the middle of an online class with Lisa Call, titled "Intentional Piecing."  I SOS-ed for help and Lisa had the answer right away -- I needed to learn how to piece a "Le Moyne Star."

If you are interested in learning this technique for set-in seams yourself, you can find instructions online. Lisa sent me to this one:




WORK IN PROGRESS -- Here it is on my wall today in rough form. I will post the completed piece once I have it done. In my imagination, I'm seeing a series of big quilts filled with music images, from multi-colored keyboards to expressive quarter-notes moving up and down on a wavy black and white staff, and a variety of music symbols. In the process of making these, I hope to "loosen up" the piecing so it becomes more abstract. Ultimately I would like to make art that makes you think of music, without actually showing recognizable images of music symbols or instruments. This could take a while, but I'm eager to give it a go!

The treble clef -- a page from my sketchbook

Treble clef symbol taking form on my studio wall.

Treble clef symbol taking form on my studio wall.

I've always loved the curved lines of the treble clef. I remember drawing it over and over again when I was in high school. My binders and notebooks were covered with them. I was a music major in college, and studied music notation as part of my curriculum, so I got pretty good at drawing a treble clef. 

It's been a long time since then, but now that I am creating art it is natural that I return to one of my favorite symbols, the treble clef. I create abstract art, so you can see here that I was working on a way to use the familiar symbol in an unfamiliar way.

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I took the photo of this page in my sketchbook a few months ago, when I was actively working on the idea of a music series.

I've let the idea rest for now, because it needs to percolate more in my left artist brain. When it is ready to reappear, it will...