1. Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, is participating in an awesome giveaway with the inspirational blog, Kind Over Matter. The giveaway begins today and ends June 17. Amanda will be giving away one of her incredible 5x7 paintings so drop by, support our fabulous fellow TST-er and enter!! http://kindovermatter.blogspot.com/2009/06/giveaway-thursday-13.html
2. If you haven't had a chance to check out Rowena's 100 in 100, please stop by her blog. http://warriorgirl.blogspot.com/
Recently, I've received many emails from folks who have been unable to participate do to trips, weddings, shows, children ending school and more. I just want to say - do not worry! I didn't even get to finish my piece for this week because I was working on a couple of orders so it will be going in the Mini-monthy which will be coming up soon. Thank you for writing and letting me know that you didn't simply become bored with the TST :) We are all learning together. I think it's harder in the summer than the fall and winter because people are constantly on the move. However, the TST will be here so please don't worry. Feel free to submit for the Mini-monthly, any of the challenges or cheer when you are around and life slows down a little :) Till then, good luck with everything!
I am in awe of the way each artist harnessed the beauty of "Clair de Lune" and brought it to life. The idea that these artists opened their minds and hearts to the music and let it stir and stir their imaginations until something new was born is fascinating to me. The works here are funny, moving, thought-provoking and inspiring. These talented, magnificent, professional artists made me appreciate both music and art in a completely new way.
Now, please join me as we celebrate the fusion of music and art........
Susan Pope, creator of Captured Moment Photography, created these gorgeous pieces.
"I imagined these things after listening to the "Clair de Lune" music: a sense of longing, a feeling of aloneness and a yearning to be a part of something bigger than oneself," said Susan. "The creator all knowing and the self full of insecurity. It's that "it's not all about me" feeling. One where you can imagine yourself as tiny as an ant in a huge world, but a world where everything you do is important, just like an ant. Just as the sky is so vast that if we stand and look at it we begin to notice how small we are in comparison. The sun behind the cloud makes it glow as if there is some greater knowledge just out of reach. Just as the bench is alone, but waiting for company to take a rest, it's life is in the waiting, the yearning to be a part of something. The bench also is removed from it's fellow bench in the distance - it is alone, yet not alone so the feeling is a sense of longing."
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Maureen, a talented artist, created this wonderful piece.
"Okay, okay, okay, I apologize right off the bat," said Maureen. "I'm a cultural Neanderthal. I have no couth (as in "uncouth."). I obviously have NO appreciation for classical music, because when I 'let the music stir my thoughts', here is what I 'saw.' Again, I beg forgiveness if my lack of couth offends anyone's delicate sensibilities. And hey, it's not really my fault, because this watercolor is part of my 100 in 100 project and we were commanded to play and have fun!"
Salvaged Expression created this phenomenal piece.
"Classical music always brings me back to nature so when I heard this piece I ended up settling on the idea of a seedling by a stream," said Salvaged. "Of course then I had to figure out what medium to work with! I stared at each and every craft supply and imagined how each of them could be turned into the perfect project. In the end I went back to the old reliable hat and a more simple design. I like it because it leaves a lot to the imagination and lets you play with the idea as you look at it!"
Kelly, creator of Backward Glances, created this stunning piece.
"When I listen to "Clair de Lune" I see raindrops coming down, creating ripples - each drop interacting with every other drop - an ongoing chain of cause and effect," said Kelly.
"I recall a cold rainy October afternoon at Grand, taking tea, watching the rain and listening to the harpist - both melancholy and cozy.
I tried to create a single raindrop with it's most immediate ripple in freeform peyote stitch. I'm not terribly happy with my results - the shape is not correct and the colors of beads less than optimal - BUT failures can be good learning experiences."
Felicia Kramer, creator of Another Bright Idea, created these two sensational pieces titled, "In the Light of the Moon" and "Stephen plays Clair de Lune".
“In the Light of the Moon”
"To visualize Clair de Lune, I knew I wanted “blue” and “moon.” The end result is a digital collage print of 10 layers of texture: a few of my handmade papers, an altered moon photo, altered mountain range photo, and Photoshop effects," said Felicia. "To me, this reflects the mood and essence of Clair de Lune."
“Stephen plays Clair de Lune”
"As I mentioned in the comments when you posted the theme, my incredibly talented nephew won’t play the piece for me because he hates it. So I took my photo of him playing and superimposed it over the sheet music and some textured paper," said Felicia. "This is my revenge – it looks like he’s playing it for me - and I’m sure we will have a good laugh about it! (Congratulations on your music scholarship to OU, Stephen!)"
“In the Light of the Moon”
“Stephen plays Clair de Lune”
Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this fantastic Handbound upcycled journal with corrugated cardboard covers and hand-torn pages
"I really loved the concept this week, and hope we'll have more music prompts in the future," said Amanda. "That said, I'm not much of a classical music person...but for some reason, as I listened, the melody reminded me of all the rainy days we've had here lately. I'm ready to get back outside, but I've also enjoyed how tranquil and soothing the all-day rainstorms have been. They're just right for curling up by a window with a journal or sketchbook--and so this little journal was born. I'm keeping this one for myself, I think, but a version will be available in my shop soon."
Don't you just want to listen to the music to see what you dream of??
Please share your thoughts, ask the artists questions, leave a comment and some love here. Then, go visit them at their shops and blogs, share some more and tell a friend! Thanks so much for visiting!!