A blues player emerges from flowing and jagged dynamic ink strokes, looking down upon and materializing with their own instrument, a unassuming yet practiced maker of music, this magical chord maker guitar preparing to play.
Their music and their chair, their guitar and their body and their position and their stance and even all the way up to the hat they wear, all flow upward like a liquid marble scultpure of fluid darkness contrasted against stone white.
More than player more than instrument, more than what can be seen, this audible feeling is a living breathing architecture, an instantaneous creativity of vibration and shattering fragments of once still air.
How I Made this Artwork
In my travel kit I used my India-Ink brush on canvas pad to capture the feeling of a Blues musician up on stage who was staccato-riffing an awe-inspiring solo somewhere I think, in a simple sublime chord of G.
Struck by how powerful a song is made sometimes when the guitarist enunciates the notes individually, tapping, bending, almost sculpting them farther and further out into space, beyond merely strumming a chord of them, I wanted to capture this feeling of music with that rawness of black ink. There was something about Chris' demonstration of such a deadly-simple erudition that brought to life the key he played, like a lock broken open to show the color palette of the family of sounds he was wanting us to feel.
This guitarist, Chris, inspired me in that moment to try with pen and ink on canvas to convey the feeling of building, of sculpting, ultimately on canvas, what it looks like, this structure of a chord being made.
Thinking about a Gift for Someone Special?
"Chord Structure" would be a perfect art gift for anyone who plays guitar or just loves listening or watching a guitarist at work.
This painting reminds me of all the amazing guitarists I've had the shear honor to have met in my life, and even some to call my friends, who play Jazz, Blues, Rock, Improv, and whole other myriad styles too many to name, but all who give the gift of their art and their music so freely through their own dedication and love of their instrument.
Art Materials and Supplies that Made this Art
I made "Chord Structure" using my:
Water Brush, my
India Ink, and my