Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
crossing 2- painting and scanograph by Kevin Macneil Brown, 2016.
Crossing the broad waters of
In the outward experiencing of the water, sky, shifting light and shorelines, something also happens inside the self.
The piece is made up of the following layers:
- Recordings made by the composer at the
waterfront on Burlington,
Champlain. These include the sounds of waves, boat motors, ferry
horns, birds, and random voices, including a pre-recorded sight-seeing
description broadcast from a tour boat on the water.
- Transformations of those on-site recordings, made by processing pitch, duration, harmony, timbre, and spatial relationships. (This layer is actually made up of 3 layers.)
- A guitar improvisation made with a scale derived by ear from the previous layer. (This section is also presented alone with the title “Cobalt and Cerulean.”)
- A spoken text taken from the appendix of TWO CENTURIES OF FERRY BOATING ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN by Ralph Nading Hill.
Using the proportion of 5:3 as a guide to structure and arrangement, these layers were assembled in the multi-track and mixed.
The piece can be listened to from beginning to end as a journey, or can simply play as background and be dipped in and out of at random or as desired. One might also let the soundscape lead to sleep. My experience so far is that it reveals new details and sounds very different with each listening—and with each way of listening.
-KMB, September 2016.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
In August the light and sky and water are in constant motion. The lake responds, reflects. Painting is a welcome challenge, a chance to engage the senses-- and whatever skills I might have-- toward the end of making images that come from not just what I see, but also what I feel in deeper layers. These three watercolors were made from inside the changing light, sky, and water of a single day in early August at Burlington Bay -KMB
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The first day of summer was breezy and hot. It was strange to have 90 degree weather with so much breeze, so much motion on the lake surface. A good day for painting at the Burlington waterfront, although the wind made it a bit of a challenge, especially in the morning.
Perkins Pier, Breezy Morning
Oakledge, First Day of Summer
Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 6/20/16)
In honor of the lake and the longest days of summer, I offer this video combining poetry, music, and waterfront footage:
Saturday, April 30, 2016
A clear April day brought a range of blues, of changing light and shadow, with the lake surface as still and calm as ever I have seen it. A perfect time to celebrate spring with a day of painting outdoors.
Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor, graphite, and marker on paper, April 2016.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
SAILBOATS, LAKE CHAMPLAIN
Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 2015
Winter weather appears to be on the horizon at last here in Vermont, after what seems to have been the longest autumn ever. This calm stretch has been strange, but it has also offered extended opportunities to contemplate big skies, bare light on the bare landscape, and reflections on waterways that seldom remain open and free of any ice so late into December.
Reflections, light, and water were important to me in 2015, coming up again and again in my painting and writing. So, as the year ends, it seems fitting that I take some time to go inside and reflect upon the currents, shapes, shadows, and light-falls that have guided my explorations.
Among these thoughts are those of deep gratitude for you who follow the words, images, and sounds I share. It is an honor to have you partake of these offerings, these energies I receive and transmit as best as I can. Thank you for your part in the confluence!
I look forward to new adventures and explorations in 2016, including the publication of the fifth book in the Liam Dutra New England mystery series, THE ISLAND OF ANCIENT LIGHT, sometime in the fall.
I wish you all wonderful things, for right now--and the year ahead!