Monday, March 20, 2017


Since it is the first day of spring I thought it would be nice to post a painting instead of some more color music.  Although this was not painted in the spring it does have the feeling of discovery that comes to me in the spring.  I got a glimpse of Manyunk through the trees along the Cynwyd trail.

Nancy Herman
6" x 8"
oil on canvas board

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Romance Without Words

My final stab at this method of translating music to color was this piece by Gabriel Faure, ROMANCE WITHOUT WORDS. It is interesting that artists continually try to say the same thing in different media.
I tried to indicate a little bit of the dynamics in this piece by having the color take up more space when it was louder.  I will try this, and other pieces using this method again and not fade each note into black, as I have done so far, as this creates a line between colors and doesn't actually represent what happens to notes in a musical piece.  I think the whole thing should fade at the edges of the screen instead as the piece gradually sinks into time.

I do think these colors are rather romantic so perhaps Faure has transcended yet another medium.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Carol of the Bells

After my glamorous but as an aging hat model I am back to more serious business.  Still not satisfied that the color was having enough place on the screen I decided to take a different approach altogether.  Why not go back to the way I placed colors in space in 2 dimensions and let it simply continue to move out of the center and flow away.  That way the color would be visible for a longer time and one would see it in context with the color that went before it and followed it.

Here is the first example of how that looks.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hats for Sale

Taking a little detour around color music as I continue to give away and sell lots of things in my house in order to make room for the next stage in my life.

I love hats.  As a result I have accumulated quite a few over the years.  Some I have never worn.   I just like to imagine wearing them.  They do take up a lot of room however so off to eBay they go.  After taking several selfies of myself wearing the hats on sale I found that I could count on a good laugh every time I looked at them.  So as a way to try to enjoy this sorting and selling I made this little video.  Hope you like it.