Posts Tagged ‘tom hendricks’

Paintings to be Constructed in Your Head

November 23, 2015

Here’s some concepts-y’all without the art. And by just READING them, the idea of concept art changes from pompous to poetic (and fun).

(based on Yoko Ono’s idea of paintings to be Constructed in your head from her book “Instruction Painting”)

Pick a color
Slash it all over the canvas
Until you’re happy.

Get a blank canvas
Let anyone who wants to, touch it.
When it’s all worn away it’s finished.

Paint a painting in your head.
When you’re finished, imagine it’s the size of a mountain
People are coming from all over to stare at it.
That’s a big draw!

Paint a painting with no colors only smells.
Then close your eyes.
How does it look?

Paint a painting in your head.
Now imagine that it’s beginning to shrink
Just like it’s out of “Alice in Wonderland”.
It’s getting smaller … smaller …
Now it’s so small that only atoms can come to your exhibit.
Look they all have teeny glasses of wine in their hands and
They love your painting.

Imagine a blank canvas in your head.
Wherever you paint red, the canvas gets hotter.
Wherever you paint blue, it cools down …
Finish the painting.
What does it look like?
What does it feel like?

Imagine a painting in your head.
The canvas is so thin … that all the paint bleeds through.
You look at the other side and THAT side looks better.
So you hang it up backwards.

Paint a painting in your head of things that feel good, bad, or unusual:
Pudding, carpet, nails, sand.
When you’re done close your eyes and feel the art!

Imagine you can paint with sounds –
A train whistle here, a bird song there,
A jackhammer in the corner.
Are you done? What? What??

Imagine a painting in your head.
You’ve done a portrait of the person you love the most.
Do I know ‘um?

Imagine a blank canvas in your head.
You turn it sideways and paint on the edges
Slashing brushstrokes left and right
Until you’re done in a flurry.
Everyone that sees it thinks you’re a master!
You take a bow.

Imagine a work in progress in your head.
It’s a dark room
You load your brush, not with paint,
But from a tube of pure light.
This one’s going to be glowing!




Two Works for The Winter

November 23, 2015

Two art works for the winter ahead.

The Psychology of Keys in Music, (from the Musea Vaults)

November 22, 2015


Can knowing the key of the music tell you what the music will be like? WE THINK SO! Does it matter what type of music? (Excluding atonal) WE THINK NOT! Take a look at the list, then compare for yourself. Check Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Chopin’s Preludes, or my own Bagatelle Variations – each set has compositions in each of the major and minor keys. Note Masculine keys = A-G, Feminine keys = Ab, Bb, C#, Eb, and F#. Self keys Ab-Bb, Sociable C#-G and B (with C a mix of both). Lightest key is Bb, heaviest E.

A: Reserved, conservative, prudish, domineering, intelligent, shrewd self-centered, closed, color deep-red, bullish, narrow, Bachian, stern, haughty. (see F#m)

Am: Brooding, brutal, uncomplicated, angry, pouting, self-centered, primal, 2nd most powerful minor, childlike, selfish, self-oriented, spoiled (C).

Bb: Gentle, wistful, energetic, brisk, bright, musing, reasonable, youthful, quick, contemplative, cool, light blue, reflective, dry, airy. (Gm)

Bbm: Airy, action restrained, windy, conventional front, frustrated, restricted, wanting to escape from formalities, youth restrained, sociable, deceiving, flattering, crafty, suffocating, entertaining, longing for freedom, theatrical, polite, energetic, regretful (C#)

B: Independent, futuristic, hopeful, inner peace, pleasant, liquid, wintry humanitarian, healthy, mature, fresh, self-satisfied, dark blue, enlightened, content, open, strong, optimistic. (Abm)

Bm: Agitated, guarded, scary, independent, liquid, airy, weird, aquamarine blue, offbeat, perverted, disturbing, medium (not heavy or lite), insane, worried. (D)

C: Active, angelic, basic, not embroidered, plebian, all-encompassing, straightforward, honest, heavenly, creme white or beige, common, sincere, solid, self-expressive, unpretentious, constructive, hardworking. (Am)

Cm: Brooding, tragic, solid, anguish, heavier than C#m, lighter than Em, more evolved than Am, passionate, expressive, moving, active (Eb)

C#: reasonable, facile, polished, cosmopolitan, polite, refined, sophisticated, show-off-y, wise, intelligent, understanding, sociable, wanderlust-ful, people-oriented, achieving, pure white, civilized, fashionable. (Bbm)

C#m: Profound, darkest most intense and introspective minor, heart-
rendering, refined, purest white light, orgiastic, sublime, ethereal, not of this world, subtle, beyond reason, cathartic, enlightened, graceful,

Nirvana (E).

D: Proud, royal, trumpet-like, regal, sunny, boastful, powerful, crisp, bright, haughty, kingly, active, questing, chivalric, yellow, ceremonial, rousing, stately. (Bm)

Dm: Tempestuous, stormy, most aggressive minor, active, rumbling, forceful, lofty, moody, dynamic, haughty, revengeful, stirring, energetic, theatrical, nature-like, windy. (F)

Eb: Hospitable, most sociable of all keys, charitable, pale yellow, charming, luxurious, compassionate, yielding, fun, gentle, generous, open, cultivated, lighthearted, understanding, sophisticated, entertaining, party like, melancholy, warm, philanthropic. (Cm)

Ebm: Melancholy, light, girlish, open, sentimental, mystical, wizard like, innocent, petulant, warm, remorseful (F#)

E: Powerful, heavy, grand, robust, dynamic, stout, open, substantial, charismatic, dominant, watery, emotional, paradise like, moving, strong, gold, most powerful and heaviest key, frank, honest. (C#m)

Em: Powerful, anguish, inner darkness, despair, brooding, emotional, sweeping, tragic, dramatic, heavy, depressive, angst, open, lushful, moody, the heaviest minor, passionate, strong feeling. (G).

F: Pastoral, bucolic, dry, simple, pleasant, calming, restful, light, busy, earthy, at ease, soothing, green, not pretentious, peaceful, country like (Dm).

Fm: Sparkling, dark, busy, dry, earthy, nervous, quick, not heavy, hardworking, natural, not pretentious, mournful, sad (Ab).

F#: Playful, childish, sweet, cloying, wimpy, youthful, clinging, mischievous, dry, virginal, spooky, frightening. (Ebm)

F#m: Childlike, spooky, dark, crafty, hidden, mischievous, sullen, suspicious, secretive, frightened, fluttering, closed, plotting. (A)

G: Joyful, jovial, fun, friendly, regal, dry, solid, frolicking, sincere, moving, grand, honest, frank, unpretentious,, graceful, manly, broad, sweeping. (Em)

Gm: Active, passionate, optimistic, stirring, graceful, youthful, honest, understanding, longing, the most romantic minor, light but solid. (Bb)

Ab: Nebulous, feminine, hopeful, full of faith, solid, sturdy, unreal, maternal, motherly, emotional, excited, imaginative, intuitive, feeling, optimistic, girlish, giddy, not practical, instructive, the key of faith and hope, full of expectations. (Fm)

Abm: Fear, terror, haunted, hopeful, solid, full of faith, full of expectations, worrying, crying, feminine, helpless, dreading, filled with danger. (B).

Muse Murals: Urania Study

November 19, 2015

Perhaps one of my biggest ideas for a personal art project is my Muse Murals. I am doing studies for two very large wall paintings that feature all 9 muses. The scene is mountainous and each is in some way representing their field.

Here is a study for astronomy, or Urania.

First Review for my 10 short play, book

November 18, 2015

Dear Musea Readers, I got a nice review for my book of plays. See below. Priced at $199 for a download from Amazon and all the sites. REVIEW: TEN SHORT AND SHORT-SHORT PLAYS Ten Short and Short-Short Plays by Tom Hendricks Fiction/ Dramas Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

For those of us readers who enjoy short works of fiction, author and playwright Tom Hendricks has provided us with an intriguing new entry in the field. Ten Short and Short-Short Plays is exactly that, a compendium of ten finely worked plays that can each be read in a very short period of time. From a play featuring two bewitching wood nymphs, to one based on a classic ballet, to yet another featuring two porcelain collectibles dueling it out on a mantle, each feature is certainly unique, creative and highly entertaining.

One of my very favorite genres is that of short fiction. Having a book where one can quickly read through an entertaining piece, then set it aside and not come back to it for hours, days or months, just to start anew with something completely fresh; that is simply a delightful option for me.

However, sometimes I run across a writer that, even though the works are short, they are so compelling they keep me reading right through. That was certainly the case with this book. Playwright Tom Hendricks must have an incessantly creative mind, and this comes through in each of his unique and playful works. Each of these plays would be fun to act out for novice actors or for ones much more skilled. I recommend Ten Short and Short-Short Plays to readers who enjoy short works of fiction, those interested in fun short plays, or actors looking for new work. Tom Hendricks’ work is definitely worth watching out for.




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