Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Harpist

The Harpist
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
Available on Fine Art America
Back in my abstract college painting days, I depicted the sound of music with color and shape often. 

I have always envisioned harp notes as golden. 
The piano is blue. 
Drums are green (well, sometimes black.) 
And my instrument, the fiddle, is red.

Time has laid his hand
Upon my heart gently, not smiting it,
But as a harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  1. Addie: yes, in my mind, I tend to assign colors to some things, abstract things, esp numbers. 1 is white, 2 is green, 3 is yellow, 4 is blue, 5 is pink, 6 is red, 7 is purple, 8 is blue, 9 is brown, 10 is black, 11 is white. You may identify the harpist as myself, if you wish. It is I!

    1. Cool Laura!
      Yeah- I had never thought of numbers having color value. I do put color on musical scales for example G Major (the People's Key) is brown, so on and so forth. :)

  2. Love this painting and the Longfellow passage you paired it with.


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