Dream Room #4

Robert Spellman close in photo of various plants in a mountain meadow.

This image is from a series of watercolor studies – intended as trials for larger diptych paintings. I did actually make one of the larger versions later, which has spent most of its long life in storage. It was 1988. I did a lot of these smaller versions, about 5 by 12 inches, as quick and easy color studies. Looking back at them now they seem freer and more experimental than the “finished” version. I've found that making “finished” work all to often results in an over-starched version of itself, overloaded as it can be with expectation and self-conscious vexation.

Music of the Moment

I have many, many dozens of sketches that I call “starts”. They're mostly about two minutes in length and I seem to think that I will go back and work them into larger compostions. I am of course leary of the issue mentioned above about creating some kind of “important” work. For now, I enjoy the freshness of the sketch. This one is for string quartet using the digitally sampled Cremona instruments.

I've started adding one of these compositional sketches with each Moonblog entry on the new and full moon. I also have a page with more of these compositions in progress. Go here for a listen.

New Moon ~ September 6th, 2021