Carol Hanna Airbrushed acrylic painting, abstract bird songSong of the Birds. Inspiration for these paintings comes from that elusive moment when somewhere in the fresh outdoor air and soft shadows, a bird song begins for all to listen. To transform the illusion of that sound to the two-dimensional surface, I have chosen the stripe in complex combinations with specifically researched bird colors. My desire is to interpret bird song in color, rhythm, and the illusion of time.
Within a species of bird, each has its' own variation of color and each has its' own variation of song. No two birds sing exactly alike. Representing a bird's song via the musical staff is difficult. Most birds are pitched beyond the highest octave of the piano with slurs between the notes. However, they can sing in different keys and different measures of time.
I interpret each bird's song while viewing the sonogram and simultaneously listening to a sound recording. The unequal chromatic distribution within each painting of stipes represent the bird's measure of time or rhythm, the pitch or frequency of vibrations per second, and the softness or loudness of the bird's call. The vibratory effect of the soft edged stripes through the use of the airbrush, correspond with the slurring of the song notes.
A small reference photo of the bird is shown next to the painting along with an attached sound recording enabling the viewer to hear the bird sing while viewing the painting.