Mont Blanc (detail)

Robert Spellman painting, well actually a paint rag designated as a painting of Mont Blanc in the Alps.

This could be a depiction of the famous Mont Blanc, which straddles the border between France and Italy; it's the highest mountain in the Alps. I say this could be a depiction of Mont Blanc because it's actually a detail of a paint rag pulled from the wastebasket.

I've lately been interested in naming otherwise abstract images using impulsive impressions. “This looks like such and such.” It's another form of play. You could call it deception or fakery. I prefer play. Or maybe playful suggestion.

Some of my teachers at Mass College of Art would have been horrified by this idea. Abstraction should never refer to something other than itself, they might say. Well, that was half a century ago, and now look where we are. Losing oneself in an imaginary snowy mountain scene using a found piece of stained cloth might be a momentary antidote to discouragement.

Music of the Moment

This one is called Sudath. I think I picked the name from an online random word generator. It turns out that Sudath is a common name in Sri Lanka. According to the website, “The name of Sudath indicates you are a diligent and persevering worker who enjoys doing a job well and finishing what is started. Not overly ambitious, you have restricted your life to working at occupations involving routine.” I don't think this has much of anything to do with the music. But you never know (see above).

I have a page with more of these compositions in progress. Go here for a listen.

Full Moon ~ April 26th, 2021