Art as Visual Music
Being an artist and musician I thought this text from Juliette Aristides’ “Classical Drawing Atelier” was just so neat and inspiring, worthy to post for anybody who’s been following me.
I’ve not posted much on my paintings or illustration/life drawings yet but I will be so this is a neat introduction for those of you following me for my love of music and the guitar..
“Before we look at a painting based on nature’s geometry of beauty in design, it would be useful to understand what makes a painting beautiful. A beautiful painting is like a beautiful song. A song contains rhythm, melody, and harmony- all of which perform unique and critical roles in the piece. The rhythm provides repetition and gives the ear a steady, if sometimes subtle, beat to follow. The melody provides the ear with a lyrical narrative and the harmony provides a counterpoint to the melody. Together melody and harmony create a sense of theme and variation. All three of these elements are used in music to create moments of tension and resolution, giving the whole piece a sense of following a full circle, or going from beginning to end.
Drawings and paintings utilize the visual equivalents of rhythm, melody, and harmony, and the deliberate and successful creation of tension and resolution is precisely what makes great art great. It is interesting to note that a beautiful painting and a beautiful song contain similar qualities of mathematical composition. Yet they differ in terms of presentation. A song presents a linear progression of aural vibrations through time, discerned by the ear, whereas a painting presents the visual vibrations all at one time, discerned by the eye. In other words, a painting is like a song frozen in time.”
I’m ending my posting with a process shot of a life drawing I did a few years back at Art Students League.