The word "muted" has a few meanings depending on it's context, of a sound it could mean quiet and soft and if describing a colour it means subdued and not bright. In both "Silently They Stand" and "Starlight" I have explored the concept of muting, both sounds and colours.
I started with a collaged base of sheet music, these were ripped and fragmented, my aim was to begin the muting process by disrupting the sequences of notes, I have deliberately incorporated a few creases and textures to this base. I then explored muting as a visual process; to mute a colour you add a little of it's complimentary hue, this changes the colour intensity, subduing it. All the colours I have used in both paintings have been muted in this way.
I continued to mute the sound, adding layers of colour and texture, gradually silencing the music. In "Silently They Stand" there is only a hint of the music base left, it is all but obliterated. Once I was happy with the base I worked into the painting, I could see the faint traces of a wooded glade within my abstract mark making and so I built upon this, adding some ghostly tree like marks, silently standing.
I have used some shimmery paint to add a further dimension, I have taken a number of photos in different light conditions as depending on the hanging location, time of day and light source the painting will change colour subtly.
Your painting is initialed on one side and signed on the back. It is a chunky box canvas and I have painted the sides so it could be left as is, it is ready to hang or framed, possibly in a tray frame.
music, acrylic paint and ink