Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

It was difficult to think of a watercolor example for this challenge.  One of the things that my teachers have emphasized is to be careful when painting something unusual.  If one paints a picture that doesn’t look right, the viewer is more likely to put the blame on the painter than on the subject matter.  With that in mind, the following painting is unusual for me, a departure from the usual subject matter and approach.  It is also the first work that I painted with watercolor on canvas.

The Music of the Spheres, Watercolor on Canvas, 24″ x 20″

This was painted for a show whose theme was “Music through an Artist’s Eyes.” The title comes from a hymn that was one of my favorites when I was a child.  I remember asking what the phrase, “the music of the spheres,” meant and being told that at one time people believed that the earth was the center of the universe and everything else revolved around it.  As other bodies orbited in concentric spheres, they produced tones, which when combined made music in the heavens.

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