An Artistic Sanatorium . . . for the muse plagued with artistic attention deficit disorder.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Special Dedication

Percy secretly called during my little hiatus a couple weeks back and I quietly mounted up for a ride. Sometimes deadlines for other work must be put off for things of the heart. I created these as a gift for my parents, who have been tremendously supportive to my husband and I recently.

The Harpist

My mother is a wonderful pianist, runs her own piano studio, occasionally composes sweetly yearning pieces, AND owns a lovely Andean folk harp she acquired while we lived in Ecuador. She only had a few lessons on it before the rest of life took over and the harp was put to slumber prettily in our living room corner. I hope that someday she will take it up again. The harp in this silhouette is modeled - loosely - after hers.

The Harpmaker

My father tunes pianos for a little extra income. As the provider of my mother's pianos, and mechanic to them, he inspired me to create a harpmaker. This piece was quite a challenge to compose. I decided to use an ancient Egyptian harp as the basis for the composition so that I could keep everything oriented horizontally - the Egyptian harp lends itself to horizontal lines because it is visually heavier at the bottom, unlike more contemporary harp shapes. Every time I sketched in a contemporary harp on it's side the composition felt awkward and overly complicated. I also like that it is in keeping with the general theme of ancient art that inspires most of my silhouettes.

I have plans for a new take on my silhouettes when I create a piece inspired by my Grandmother. But these will have to wait until I get back to and meet my current deadlines for commissions, etc.

Thanks for peeping in again! Have a lovely week!


ruthie said...

i can so see why you chose to go with percy, oh my these are exquisite, so delicate. i love that they are inspired by each of your parents. a beautiful gift.

Renee of the Fae said...

Simply incredible! How do you do it?

[Tara] said...

So delicate and beautiful, as always! Your parents sound like amazing people!

Merisi said...

Exquisite works of art, Catherine,
I am in awe of your skills!

I imagine your parents receiving this gifts, their hearts will be melting.

Imagine, if your dad would have ever showed up at our house, tuning our piano! ;-)

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