Thursday, April 1, 2010

Music Collages

Sul Ponticello ©St. Hilaire Nelson
Rest assured, even though I have not been blogging much about my Music show, I have been working on it! I have some lousy iPhone photos that I took at the crack of dawn when it was still dark outside. I have yet to get good photos, and maybe that's why I have not been blogging about it. What I need to do is take the iPhone photos of the work in the daylight, then I'll be all set.

I play the violin with the Maitland Symphony Orchestra and so you will be seeing some violins, due to the personal connection. I have been playing since I was in the third grade, through the public school. I never realized how lucky we were to have stringed instruments available to us in public school in New England. Here in Florida, my daughter had to wait until middle school and no strings, just band. AND they choose the instrument for you.... I digress.

I'll replace this with a better image, but I just wanted to give you a taste of what's been going on with the music. The strings on this violin were created by tearing very thin strips of white paper and then rolling them together between my fingers to form a raffia like strand which I glued down with my gloss gel medium. I had thought about using real string, but I think this is more "pure" being that it's paper. the background is drippy fluid acrylics with spattering over clear primed wood, you can see the grain through the paint.


  1. This is quite wonderful, Elizabeth. I really like the composition which is probably something like you see as you're playing. Good idea for the strings. And of course the COLOR! How yummy! I hope we get to see all the music eventually.

  2. It is my perspective, and Sul Ponticello means "Very close to the Bridge" it's an actual music term. I have a list of them in side my music folder and it came to me the other night at rehearsal. All the best ideas come to you when you least expect them to. I was just looking beyond the music to the inside of the folder behind it when we were at a pause, and there it was! I will post more music, I need better photos. I have been concentrating on making the pieces and then putting them up on the shelf and moving on to the next pieces. I have a lot of abstract stuff too, in that I mean abstract choices like blueberries called "Rhapsody in Blue" and a fiddle head fern and a trumpet vine... stuff like that. trying to keep the music in my style!

  3. I think it's wonderful that you play the violin! I play the harp myself, but only started at 35 - because it was not available to me as a child!

  4. Wow Jennifer, the HARP? amazing. SO many strings, AND pedals. I can't imagine. How beautiful.

  5. Beautiful job on this - the photo isn't so bad, a bit blurry, but you get the idea of the colors and shapes and I like the abstracted ways you are cropping these. I like the strings done this way - very clever! Just returned from a week in the St. Augustine area and flew into Jacksonsville so took the time to drive over to Amelia Island to check out the spot for your October workshop - looks like a definite trip for me and Jerry in October! Plenty for him to photograph while I'm learning more about your technique and finally getting to meet you in person :)

  6. Rhonda! I can't stand it, I'd love to meet you in person and I knew that your husband would like the area! One of the two workshop coordinators is a photographer and a volunteer for the turtle patrol there. her name is Sandra Baker-Hinton (you can google her to find her gallery and her work) perhaps Jerry can get some turtle photos in! It is quite pretty there.


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