27 March 2012

On a New “Track” for the Viewpoints9 Piece

The first couple times I listened to the Vivaldi clip, I got these images of being chased; I had feelings of fear/excitement/panic. This might have had something to do with feeling overwhelmed by my immediate surroundings, schedule, home improvement mayhem, etc. 

My first sketches were a little too “caricature” like Red Riding Hood running through the woods or panicky Scooby Doo.  Meh. Cliché.  Not working!

My running-on-the-bike-path imagery was too far on the opposite end.  There’s no “panic” on those runs.  I’m out there to enjoy the day and get some exercise.  Even when I’m running fast, I don’t feel like I’m being chased or anything.  I can stop or walk anytime I want (which is more often than I should).  It’s relaxing. The trees are pretty, everything is quiet. Not generating a lot of excitement here.

I was missing the mark as I tried to illustrate how the music really made me feel.  Maybe because, although I did have feelings of fear and panic, there was also a positive vibe to it… but not a carefree, relaxing vibe. Something like scary-fun.  Like being on a rollercoaster. Or flying down a hill on a bike.

I ran a 5K on March 18th and realized the feeling I got from the music was exactly like the first 5 minutes of the race. It’s crowded and chaotic – with all these elbows and knees flying, hearts racing, crowd cheering. With me being a little bit claustrophobic, the experience is somewhat scary but in a fun way.

The first couple minutes I usually struggle to find my own pace and control my breathing. I have to ignore the people speeding past me or the ones I’m passing. The thing ‘chasing’ me is my previous finish time, which I am always trying to beat.

After the first couple of crazy minutes, I had the rest of the race to think about my VP9 piece. It was really meditative and calming which helped me stay on pace. I went on to beat my personal best time, and crossed the finish line with a smile on my face.

Unfortunately I could not take any photos as I was “fighting for my life” (not really) during the race start. So I’ll have to come up with some other solution.  How do I interpret that feeling into a visual composition….?  hmmm


06 March 2012

VP9 Challenge: Music

The first challenge for Viewpoints 9 is the brainchild of our group’s founder, Martha Wolfe:

Music comes into our lives in so many ways.  We know what we like.  We associate it with certain events (weddings, holidays) or specific people ("our song").  Music has the ability to transport us to other times and places in our lives.  
But in the absence of words or context, what can it conjure?  So, this is my challenge for all of us.  Listen and create....enjoy!

The 3 minute music clip is from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons - Summer”. I listened to the piece at least 3 or 4 times with my eyes closed & just paid attention to the images that came into my head.

After that I listened again, this time writing words & thoughts that had come to mind. These are a few of the phrases I jotted down:
scarf flying
maybe teasing/fun kind of scary
path, woods
moonlight or sunlight flashing through trees
moving quickly
face paced

I’m picturing myself running on the bike path near my house.  It’s lined with trees and sometimes you get a kind of staccato flashing effect from the sunlight coming through.  So far I haven’t figured out how I’ll interpret this feeling into a quilt.  Normally I use photos as my guide & inspiration.  But I don’t have very many pictures of myself running.  And the few I have look pretty dorky.  Not really what I’m going for.

Another option would be to make the viewer part of the scene – through the eyes of the runner.  My challenge will be to create an illusion of movement and speed.  How?  I have no idea.  I’ll keep you posted!