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Friday, April 16, 2010

Nurturing Nature


One of the things I did when it was raining so much outside, while I had been dealing with some winter (which was lasting a tad too long) depression, while trying to figure out what I want in my life, was to create slide shows with music.

Art has often been a thing that helps me heal, but oil painting wasn't doing that so much as I kept thinking I had to have a product when I was finished. With digital, that's not so much an issue. I can do things for the fun or to express something inside for which I cannot find words. Digital art, for me, can be like keeping a journal would be for someone else.

Music has proven to be part of this process recently even though I am not a person to always have music going. In my home, I like silence most of the time to let my own thinking flow but also so I will hear if anything is going wrong outside. Sometimes though music really speaks to my soul and I go through a period where I play it a lot.

A few years back, I had seen a friend's photographs put into slide shows with music and I really liked that idea. It wasn't until I got involved with [Picasa] that I realized I had a tool that would let me do the same thing. First it was for my photographs and I shared some of that here. Then I realized it would work with my digital paintings. The next idea was-- what about creating art just for a piece of music?

That's what this is, a mix of my own ideas and some that I created especially to go along with a song. The song is from the children's movie, Pocahontas (which I have incidentally never seen) but I have the song on a Disney CD. The lyrics are [here]. I have loved its message and melody since I first heard it as it's about seeing the beauty around us, responsibility to nature, and understanding that we are all connected. The Nurturing Land is about two things-- how nature nurtures us and we nurture it.


The art in this video is all mine, a combination of digital and oil paintings with the emphasis on digital. With two exception (the imaginary wolf howling at the moon and the painting of dancing around the medicine wheel) they are all places I have been, inspired from photographs I (or Farm Boss) have taken.

I have been fortunate in my life to have been allowed to richly experience a part of the world that I love so much. It's still here in places, open and wild, because earlier generations fought to keep it that way. I hope future generations will be able to say the same thing.

8 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I really love your work and the music truly enhances its impact!!! Thank you for this window to your soul!

wally said...

Excellent!

mandt said...

Excellent, wonderful piece Rain! So delightful and those beautiful images.....

Darlene said...

Your paintings are just beautiful. You are such a talented lady. I am proud that I know you.

I don't know which one I like the best, but the Gambol Quail, the Eagle, and the Seals stand out. I also loved Sedona.

Parapluie said...

I like what your music videos and slide shows. Keep it up and buy rights for the music. You are a long way to being an exciting artist on Oregon Art Beat.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Rain.....This is SOOOO Very Beautiful...! It is moving and touching in a way I cannot put into words....!
And...I had no idea these kinds of things were possible with Picasa....
Thank you for this really special special experience, my dear.

Dick said...

That is nice. I have a program called Photodex ProShow Gold that allows making slide shows that will even combine video into the show. I really like it although have just touched the surface of what all it is capable of doing. Using it I've made a DVD of our wedding, our Maui trip and the construction of our sunroom. The latter is more for a historical reference if in the future we need to know just how the thing was put together.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

You have outdone yourself and I look forward to doing this during the summer when I am off. By the way, I use PhotoShop, but what do you use for your digital art? I just love your stuff!