I am struck most by the color pallet in this photo, the warms and the cools juxtaposed against each other. I also love the serenity of this image, the flat calm and the perfect glass like perfection of the reflection. I didn’t see it at the time I took it, but people are always pointing it out to me, that the boat’s reflection has all this warm light in it that you don’t see in the actual boat. The sun is just 5 minutes above the horizon. It is only just beginning to wake up the day. Quietly its rays have managed to sneak into the frame of this photo and spill all this warm light into the water. This photo sums up morning and the meaning of calm for me.
Alison Shaw has been a photographer all of her life. After graduating from Smith College in 1975, Alison worked with the Vineyard Gazette as Design Director until 2000. Since then, she has put all of her energy into Alison Shaw Photography, which is now a multi-layered enterprise. Her work has evolved from documentary to abstract, always using her camera to literally paint with light.
I was in Hawaii, just back from surfing, when I got this picture in the mail. I’d just received a ukulele and needed an excuse to practice it. The photo summed up a safe harbor & tranquility and with this sensation I steered my way to this song.. When I got home to Sag Harbor I put the photo up on a big screen in my studio. I practice the song until I could record it in one take, start to finish.
Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture. He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads. Born in the Gulf Coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is a fourth-generation sailor and fisherman, a pilot, a surfer, and a frequent traveler to remote and exotic places of the world. As a best-selling author, he is one of only nine authors in the history of the New York Times Bestseller List to have reached #1 on both their fiction and non-fiction lists. Jimmy has received two Grammy nominations, numerous CMA awards and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
I loved this soft melancholy melody and the over all feeling of it. I immediately thought of the beach at dawn. The painting was actually completely done in my head by the time I finished listening to the music. I just had to get it on paper. I asked my daughter, Sam, to model for a portrait of a lost soul at dawn. This is Sam on Second.
William Heydt was born in 1949 in New York. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation, Heydt moved to France and studied under Stanley William Hayter. While in Paris, he was awarded a studio at La Cité des Arts. After two years, Heydt left Paris and traveled through Europe and Asia. In 1975 Heydt was given a teaching position at Rhode Island School of design while working on his Masters Degree. He subsequently joined the faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and taught there until 1983. Heydt has now settled in Newport, Rhode Island where he currently lives with his wife and three children. His latest work focuses on the portraits of his family, friends and people of Newport. His work is part of the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Royal Family of Abu Dhabi, Ms. Dorrance Hamilton and The Museum Of The Rhode Island School Of Design.
The music felt, peaceful and quiet, simple and distilled. Like the beginnings of a day, the first steps you take getting out of bed. It made me think of walking and moving through sand, early in the morning. Fresh air, warm coffee. Happiness. Simple times. Listening to the music I felt calm and peaceful and care free but motivated. I wanted to improvise a dance rather than create a concise set of steps, so I decided to create a vocabulary of steps for myself that I would use without putting them in a structured order. My immediate vision from the first listen was that my dance would start with feet.
Elizabeth is the Co-Owner/Director of FineLine Theatre Arts, New Milford, CT. Highly acclaimed in ballet, modern, and jazz styles, Ms. Parkinson has performed worldwide with The Joffrey Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, and Twyla Tharp. In 1999 she was received tremendous notice in the Broadway show Fosse and in 2003 the Broadway hit Movin’ Out, where she earned the 2003 Tony Award nomination and the Astaire Award for best female dancer on Broadway. She is also currently an adjunct professor of theatre dance at Western Connecticut State University.
What I remember most about the painting were the complementary contrast of blue and orange. I liked the expression of the girl who seemed to be lost in contemplation (of the sun?), calm but with energetic contrasts. If I had to sum the painting up in one word I’d say, “glowing.” It elicited a sense of calm and serenity. Although the painting uses vivid colors associated with liveliness, I perceive mostly ‘blue’ emotions coming from the girl. In my perfume I wanted to express the contrast of warm and cold.
Ralf Schwieger was born in Germany and to specialized in fragrance chemistry in Berlin before joining a perfumery school in Grasse. He thinks of perfumery as something primary, requiring a highly developed sense of esthetics, yet always playful! Schwieger draws inspiration from the dynamic triangle between art, science and industry, textures and delicacy of insects, contemporary dance, nature’s force and the gentleness and vulnerability of animals. A multi-faceted perfumer, he has worked for leading Houses such as Hermès and Yves Saint Laurent, but remains sensitive to niche perfumery where he has created provocative scents as well.
Without going back to watch the dance, I remember the various types of movement starting with the feet and moving into a full body dance. I remember the spiral movements that started in the legs and carried through the whole body, out the arms. I remember longing to know the music inside the dancers mind and musing at how gracefully she moved, empathically translating the sound. The dance evoked a calm regarding the world and my surroundings. I felt empathy for the emotions of the world, especially as I watched the video with no audio. I felt that the needs of the world were implied in the dance itself. My sculpture started with a ﬂat shape that ﬂared at each end and was skinny in the middle. I felt that the raw material had a dance quality to it before I even started. I polished one side and textured the other side. My translation was about the dancer’s movements and taking that movement with me as I twisted and formed the metal, letting the art speak to me as it was coming to life.
Jon’s kinetic art sculptures are full of movement and imagination, ranging in size from 3 inches to 30 feet. His large public works are displayed in San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas & New York. Jon strives to find a symbiotic balance within his art and its environment, allowing the wind and natural elements to evoke the tranquil movement relative to each piece. Learning from an early age, Jon’s father was a master boat/craftsman, passing on his knowledge of metal, wood, business, and integrity to his son. Jon is a popular local source for custom stainless steel modifications for million dollar yachts. Though these modifications have practical purposes, Jon insists on creating a timeless aesthetic to each piece. Continuing to find new avenues for his large and small metal fabrications, Jon finds new ways to push his creative integrity and knowledge of metal.
Poet “Stone and Feather”, creator and co-editor of “Gathered Light:The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs”.