Each Wednesday check this blog for a strategy, process, or reflection for illustration with the iPad app ProCreate. This Wednesday Wrap Up explains my collage for today’s Daily Create. The Daily Create @ds106dc is a prompt site for creating a bit of art every day. Today I wrote poetry and created a collage as my interpretation.
Apparently Joseph Haydn once gave an elaborate clock to his patron, a prince. And he wrote twelve pieces of music to accompany it, with the second movement being one of those pieces. [see Wikipedia]. For information about Haydn, I enjoyed this blog post which focused on the humor of this musical genius: Haydn’s Humour. With that background, take a listen at the second movement, Haydn’s Clock, and consider the images that the piece inspires.
For me, I heard a flurry of fluttering, some little confusions as time stepped by, tick tock. And so I thought of the rustling of leaves in a breeze and thousands of butterflies flittering about. So my clock would be that– musical score, an old tree with a clock, and lovely butterflies. Rather than draw this, I decided a collage would better represent the amazing complications heard in the piece.
My go-to place for public domain images is Flickr Commons. I enter a search term and am often surprised and distracted by what I find. Right away I found the tree, clock, and music.
Image Sources– Flickr Commons, Public Domain CC0:
- Wallace Oak– Willam Wallace of Scottish history
- An old clock — round and old
- Music Score– Mozart dedication to Haydn
- Butterflies — a poster full of them
I adjusted and rearranged each, adding details, shading, shadow, with various blend modes. Here’s how I did it, with a replay of the process included:
And, of course a bit of poetry- part of which is in the tweet for my Daily Create, because music, art, and poetry belong together. I should explain that the “thlap thlap” is a word I learned years ago. It’s from the area of Lapwai, Idaho which is named for the people living their, the Lapwai, whose name is “People of the Butterfly Place,” “Place of the sound of butterfly wings.” Thlap thlap means “sound of butterfly wings.” [Nez Perce County Museum and Wikipedia Nez Perce].
Tick and TockSheri Edwards
Wisp of wind
Nature sings in
Wings of butterflies
Leaves in a gentle breeze
Tick and tock