Wet Ice Veneer

Wet Ice Veneer

Do you remember the old movie classic, ‘Sunset Boulevard’, in which a crazed Gloria Swanson, under arrest for the murder of her young lover, faces the TV cameras and says, “I’m ready for my closeup, Mr. Demille.”? Hollywood closeups undoubtedly call for some extra attention to makeup and some mental preparation as well. Nature, on the other hand, seems eternally ready to reveal her intimate wonders to the creative zoom lens. That revelation is often a level of structural detail which transcends itself. In closeup, the natural subject often morphs into something abstract, expressing qualities quite apart from itself. John Terwilliger’s closeup of wet ice suggests, perhaps, some microbial system examined under the microscope. If we let our eyes cross, to becomes one of those cool ‘Magic Eye’ designs that reveal depth, third dimension, hidden forms. We can lose ourselves in this maze of black paths surrounded , dominated, by snow covered mountains. And then, if we have not driven ourselves completely to distraction, we return to the surface of the photograph with a profound sense of wonder at what lies in Nature’s store. Music for the morphing image should itself have some quality of metamorphosis. This might be expressed in the unexpected evolution of a sound, or perhaps in the unexpected development of a secondary motive. It will be interesting to hear what our contest composer concieves. Terwilliger’s closeup of wet ice is an entry in the Midisparks Winter Composer’s Contest, also known as the “Watch & Listen Art Print Giveaway”. Vote your favorite art and win a chance for a free art print of our our featured...
Downy In The Berries

Downy In The Berries

A Downy Woodpecker, nestled in a winter holly shrub, contemplates perhaps her flight to the next insect rich tree. Or perhaps she is wary of some unseen predator which has forced her into this camouflaged moment. Adult Downy Woodpeckers are the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers. They produce a number of vocalizations, including a short pik call. Like other woodpeckers, the Downy also produces a drumming sound with its beak as it pecks into trees. Photographer Shelley Neff’s capture is rich with implications for an accompanying audio track. Shall the composer feature a pecking effect? Will we hear some other ambient effect that speaks of our gentle bird’s environment? Or perhaps the music will suggest in some subtle way the bird’s state of alert or the unseen threat of harm. Another approach might describe the bird’s camouflaged state, in which a rather constant sonic texture is interrupted subtly by a dissonant element. The fullness of berries, black and green, makes a wonderful canvas-filling subject for our linen finish greeting card product. We hope you will visit the Art Store and select Downy in the Berries from the Shelley Neff greeting card collection. The shopping cart button above will take you over to the...