Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sunday, December 22, 2013
LAKE CHAMPLAIN, WINTER LIGHT
painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor on paper, 2013.
Iced in at home on the winter solstice, I decided to paint a scene from a remembered December day two years ago, when I walked the shore at Burlington from Oakledge to Perkins Pier in cold and changing afternoon light.-KMB
Monday, October 14, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor on paper, 2013.
I worked on these three paintings throughout the summer, making multiple plein air sketches and many revisions over a three month period. Now my summer palette is depleted, and I am gathering colors for autumn.- KMB.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
For my 100th post here, I would like to share a new piece of music inspired by a place that I return to again and again. I find that soundworks like this-- concerned with texture, shape, and mystery; with sound as light and shadow and color-- are a way to manifest and share feelings and perceptions that come from nature and landscape, to transfer the moods and energies found in power of place. ( This piece is the second section of my recent work, THE HARBOR AT DAWN. )
Lake Champlain, tuned and filtered via
software; Two layers of improvisations on electric baritone guitar performed in
real-time, with long, layered delays.)
It’s a place of power and repose: the big, wide bay beyond and before smaller bays; the water, sky, and mountains always changing-- whether the lake is calm, choppy, or wild with breaking waves; Rust-red rock cliffs and shore, pine and cypress (cedar) islands, the water changing colors and texture, ( Last week I saw it, for just a few minutes, become a luminous viridian, with shifting streaks of turquoise.) In the afternoons, spangles of sun-bright shimmer cast across from the west.
And that’s IT: motion, even in stillness--like those mountains on the other shore, layered green and blue and gray, solid and heavy nearby, or faded misty distant; sunlight finding ways through clear sky or cloudscape, in streaks, shadows, rays; gold, white, silver.
Landforms on the water: dark
; the Juniper
Island Odzihozo ( in Abenaki cosmology, the creator,
come to eternal rest and strength at the heart of this water mountain rock
world he made…. ) To an onshore perception these islands seem to
change shape, color, and position, hour by day by season. Stillness
and strength and motion. rock
Most of all today, the sounds of water, of wind, of boats; of waves, breaking against rock, hollow, resonant. Tuned to the tones and textures of power, repose.
(The sonic layers of this section are: Recordings made by the composer ,of wind, rock, and water at Oakledge on
Friday, July 26, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Afternoon Light, Lake Champlain at Blanchard Beach, Burlington, VT- Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor on paper, July 2013.