|Tenacity, A Papercast Relief, 31" x 35", 1979|
Since last winter, I've been banging my head against Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata Op. 13. While the
Adagio cantabile movement was relatively easy to learn, the Grave movement, the opening movement, is full of finger taxing runs and fast chord changes, but I keep at it. Finger dexterity is something I want to keep. It's as important in holding and manipulating a paint brush as it is getting those runs smooth.
Here's my struggle, a glimpse at the number of failures I am going through morning after morning to concur this piece at least at an old lady's pace, but nonetheless smoothly and accurately. Note the hands relief piece hanging on the wall behind me. It's a papercast I made years ago. Tenacity is the title. Tenacity is what makes art. I knew it then; I really know it now.
Video is a medium I could get interested in. I didn't bother scripting this one,plotting frame after frame or doing any fancy graphics, I spontaneously decided to show the pain average people all over the world go through passionately chasing an art.
|Pencil study for Tenacity|
I really went out on a limb with this one. I published it on You Tube in order to publish it on the iPad, but it didn't work. I suspect there is a less humiliating way to do it, but I couldn't think of it. Whatever it is, don't tell me. I don't want to know I could have spared myself the disgrace. I'm in it now with lots of youknowwhatyoushouldhavedones dancing in my head. One plus from this exercise was I sat at the piano and then at the computer long enough to know my knee is fit to go out to dinner. Now cover your ears or listen if you dare to the persistant pain grace demands.
POST SCRIPT: I chickened out and locked the public out. I'm not ready for prime time. I then downloaded the YouTube Capture app and learned a few basics on making a video--like turn the iPad screen to the horizontal position. What was I thinking? Of course. The the app lets you adjust lighting, enhance color, and add music. I'll take another crack at making a video of a piano practice session tomorrow. Meanwhile consider this initial attempt a sign that I'm going stark, raving mad in the house looking for creative outlets that allow you to sit.