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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

What color is music?

"Music," 5 1/' x 8 1/2", digitally enhanced
How do you paint what you don't know? Perhaps only by what you feel? 
That's my task today as a music illiterate. The daily challenge prompt for World Watercolor month was "Music."
In fifth grade, my teacher told me to never try out for choir, or music again. And I haven't. Family didn't have the money to get me music lessons.
The teenage years with rock and roll and friends helped me enjoy music, and it wasn't long until I just tuned it out. Thus I'm not only illiterate of musical skills (ask anyone who has heard me try to "sing"), but musical terminology (it's a foreign language), and of musical culture and history (ask my wife about all the musicians she likes).
In recent years I've come to appreciate a variety of music, but don't ask me to identify instruments, or artists, or tell you why. I just know some music can make my heart and soul sing. And yes, there are favorite songs and tunes, most of which make my wife's eyes roll.
Mostly I marvel and admire any one's talent in any area of music. I have some talent in art, in photography, and in writing, but I so wish I had some musical ability. I'm embarrassed by ignorance.
The wonderfully positive side of this litany, and thus all worthwhile, is that I've made sure all my children have had music instruction and opportunity. And now my grandchildren are continuing.
So to me, the color of sound, the colors of music, are brilliant and as varied as creation.
Today's abstract watercolor, "Music," 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper.

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