Lavender and purple shores rise into trees, flank a ravine reflecting light from a distant source in this watercolor by artist ViVaDa.


Ravine Variation 6


art photo print




11" X 16"

Artist ViVaDa treats us to a curiously abstracted ravine in his watercolor painting. The essentials of the natural formation are present. There is a central depression from which root-ribbed banks rise steeply on either side. The banks are impossibly smooth, impossbly perfect quarter-circles down to the riverbed’s midpoint. The thick roots ascend above the banks now, always veiled in pastel shadows. They are ghostly trunks, devoid of leaf or branch, which arch in again up above. And the light pours in. Is this creek’s flow pure light? Is the source, the inundation at the gate, for good or not? What alternate universe creates these slippery, cylindrical, purple shores?

Abstraction in the painting invites abstraction and fantasy in the audio. Composer Pete Tebar builds on percussion hits in an odd meter, lent by collaboration partner Dan Goldstein, to suggest a spooky walk through this otherworldly ravine. In this world it is not the drone of insects, but that of sustained bells which forms the sonic foundation. Witch screams, whip cracks, irregular bass drum heartbeats, are the slightly threatening threads weaving the introduction to this audio tapestry. But now the track’s pace quickens. The audio has decided for us – we will move definitely toward that light. Was it for the good? The somber finish leaves us less than certain.

The Midisparks Art Sales abstract art collection includes two entries by artist and composer Elise K and three entries by artist and composer ViVaDa. All of them are available as art photo prints in the Midisparks Art Sales Shop.



  1. is like a force of nature…sometimes , leads us into a straight and narrow path..thankfully i see the light at the end of this one truely amazing form…. living here in the deep woods. ive seen this a thousand times.a thousand uncharted hollows…only one way in and only one way out….fear?,maybe, probably…..walking through the unknown?, breath taking……to see whats on the other side? priceless!

  2. Wow! About the music: this is not what I painted, but it’s exactly how I painted. I scratched the picture, used hot water to remove the colors, painted it again, scratched, hot water … and so on. Evantually I came to the very basic of the motive. This is the very last painting of the ravine series. It’s crude, bold – hard to see here what I did to the paper – and raw. Like the music, it’s the naked idea of the ravine leading into redemption (or whatever). An amazingly matching soundtrack about how I felt when I did it.

    • It really is rather difficult not to feel hopeful with that light. Pete and I were actually writing for a Halloween haunted house! But Halloween was over before we finished the track. So your Ravine was the closest thing I could find that might be interpreted as haunted or spooky. Realpolitik!

  3. It has a spooky aspect. The variation I did not publish here are a either nightmarish or the glorious redemption light. Those are of course connected. Because every nightmare has the promise of waking up … This is the very last painting of the variation. I think #5 – also published here – was quite good as a watercolour painting (to my standards). But the reason I chose #6 to publish was it was less obvious, more open for … let’s say exploring the subject. And – as I mentioned above – it was a very aggressive approach, using all the evil techniques (scratching, hot water shower, salt) to create it. This aggressive treatment of paper is still visible, I think artist may notice that. #5 is something to be proud of in terms of skilled painting. #6 is as close as I can get to art as a method of creating things, a happening.

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