week 17: Mark Payne's
“Drifting” by Mark Payne
Oil on canvas, 1.3 x 1.1m (Sold)
Available in signed limited edition giclee art print online via Mark’s website
Mark Payne’s “Drifting”
“Being Carried” (6:37 mins) © Helen Davey
(for solo piano)
Theme Relaxation and Meditation. In our lives how often do we get to fully unwind and dream.
As our minds need to drift in order to keep emotional balance and happiness, what better way than to float downstream. No agendas no deadlines a place within us all that deserves to be nurtured.
detail from “Drifting” by Mark Payne
During our phone chat, Mark told me about a time that inspired this artwork, when he was floating downstream – alone in a boat – on a river in Eastern Australia. He decided to take in the oars, lie back and just drift. Letting the water carry him. I was so taken with the idea of being so unencumbered. How to paint it into sound?
I decided to use one instrument and keep it slowly meandering with a recurring theme to to carry one forward. Grand piano with it’s richly layered tone colour, offers so many layers of resonance that one can drift off into one’s own spaces; hence my choice. I used predominantly one scale (the phrygian modality) as my “vessel” to relax into, so I too could be carried along with that slow, lilting 3/8 tempo.
I do so love to drift with my piano…
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Thanks for drifting by and wafty wishes to you,