Melody of Silence
THE STORY IN THE LAYERS
BEHIND THE TITLE OF " Melody of Silence"
The name of the painting "Melody of Silence" was inspired by a quote on silence and the image of the lady playing a double flute. To me the marks on her body seemed almost musical.
melody: noun mel·o·dy \ˈme-lə-dē\
silence: noun si·lence \ˈsī-lən(t)s\
absence of sound or noise
One of my favourite quotes of all times is from Christina G. Rosetti, an English poet (1830-1894), "Silence is more musical than any song."
This is a relief which formed the left panel of the Ludovisi Throne (currently in Rome, Museo Nazionale) which is believed to have been made in Sicily in 460 B.C. The Ludovisi throne is believed to have been part of the Aphrodite temple in Lokroi.
The lady is playing a double flute and reclining on a cushion and believed to have lived in Aphrodite's temple.
For the longest time I was stuck with the painting after painting the figure on the background, I eventually painted a large black circle around her but just didn't know what to do next.
Until I came back from a holiday in Cyprus, then I just knew I wanted her to be surrounded by the blue Mediterranean sky and also wanted her to be somewhere high up, with a magnificent view of the sky.
Silence is beautiful. Being in the moment.