"Byron Bird Orchestration" Painting
Jan. 22, 2012 — original post
Few simple things are more joyful than the sound of birdsong.
This one can be considered a synesthetic painting, where one can “hear” color, or “see” music.
In Byron Bay, Australia my husband and I sat and listened to the most amazing sounds in a forest by the beach. We couldn’t see any animals, but every moment was filled with layers of many kinds of birds, insects, and a mysterious low-pitched humming vibration. As we listened, we sketched the sounds intuitively, letting our pencils echo the unique sounds we heard as they happened. Then I elaborated it into a detailed drawing to capture the atmosphere, and years after those travels this painting emerged.