Saturday, January 24, 2009

Climbing the Musical Scale


A visual representation of the diatonic and chromatic scales are featured on the top left hand side of this 6 by 9 inch collage/linocut. I love hearing violin scales (especially when they are at a perfect pitch!), and when I went through a brief stint of attempting to play an instrument, I enjoyed the non-pressure of moving up a scale, faithfully following one note at a time.
Bird notes always soothe my heart. Here is a beautiful verse from a biography of the 15th century saint, Sri Caitanya: "Birds like the parrot and cuckoo all began to sing loudly on the fifth note, and the peacocks began to dance in front of the Sri Caitanya....the trees and creepers of Vṛndāvana became jubilant. Their twigs stood up, and they began to shed tears of ecstasy in the form of honey."
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10 comments:

juanpablito said...

simple but great interpretation of the topic... keep up the great work!

joseph's art and stuff said...

Great line and color, thanks for stopping by and for the comment!

aimee said...

this is gorgeous! what a beautiful combination of linocut and collage.

Heather said...

Beautiful bird.

CATI said...

I like this concept! I can hear the bird! :-)
Your art gravure is amazing and strong!

steve said...

Love the collage/linos you're making! The colors and layers are gorgeous Nicola.

tulasi-priya dasi said...

I love the colors. Want to come over for tea tomorrow after class?

carla said...

So Beautiful! I love the brilliance of the bird against the collaged background. carla

Nicky Linzey said...

I have to agree, the beautiful colours of the bird against the background is stunning

adrienne trafford said...

i'm inlove with your work - really truly!