Visualize Abruptly Changing Tempos
The abruptly changing tempos and pitches in Peter’s piece have a huge effect on how I move my brush. It might have been nice to have hit strokes on those high pitched chords but I like what happens with the red lines during the fast, low pitched runs.
While speeding up their paths along with the music, the lines become fatter giving them a strange three-dimensional quality.The whole painting, though abstract, has a surreal spatial quality that I really like.
Painting Rhythm vs. Musical Rhythm
Jeremy picks up on something really vital here: painting rhythm. When we play music with two or more people, we rely on an underlying beat, tempo, to keep the band together. Even if there is no obvious beat, as is the case with this rubato improv, there is a perceived sense of rhythm. Sometimes we rely on visual cues to keep it together, but more often it’s just an “energy in the room” type of thing. I never really thought about painting in terms of rhythm, but what Jeremy does here with his squiggly red lines in reaction to my surprising little musical bursts of energy is amazing. It’s almost a new kind of visual music, painted dance, whatever you want to call it. (We need a new word!) Jeremy says “it might have been nice to have hit those high pitched chords” but he does it one better: he reacts to them in a highly improvisatory way. It’s a new kind of duet.
I can’t remember how many attempts I made before arriving at this video-painting but I really felt good about this one when I watched it for the first time.
Although I am a little late with the vertical slash of orange paint, I love the afterlife of that stroke. The orange and red paint are mixed with less water(more pigment) than the blue and green, so when the strokes hit the surface they expand dramatically into the wet field.