• monotype, 1/1
    18 1/2 x 18 1/2 (image, 21 1/2 x 21 1/2 (frame)

     

    Art Inspired by Kaleidoscopes and Music

    I became enchanted with kaleidoscopes after discovering Cozy Baker’s book Kaleidoscopes Wonders of Wonder at Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, Maryland. In 2001, my solo show,"Connections" explored diverse spiritualities using the mandala as a unifying visual tool. Developing this body of artwork was a life-changing experience that helped me to deeply feel the connection that we have with all of nature and with each other.

     

    Kaleidoscopes introduced me to another level of thinking about life. Like life, images seen through a kaleidoscope are always changing. New opportunities, acceptance of change, and appreciation of the present moment are all lessons I can learn from the kaleidoscope. The break-up and rearrangement of shapes and colors is unpredictable, as the fragments of the past give way to new images. The fragments of life are constantly rearranged for each of us. I am learning to let go of my fears and to look upon these changes as opportunities that can lead to new experiences. This helps me to appreciate the surprising beauty and personal growth that change can bring to me.

     

    Kaleidoscopes have also expanded my creative partnership with music. In 2001, I began creating monotypes inspired by kaleidoscopic images and music. Although I have never mastered a musical instrument, I do enjoy spiritual drumming and now participate in a drumming circle. While I create art, I listen to a wide range of music, including jazz, rock, bluegrass, country, soul, Native American and spiritual music. I am both energized and calmed as I explore the connection between changing kaleidoscopic designs and music. Each image is unique, whether figurative, symbolic or pure design, always revealing a symphony of changed shapes and colors. I tune in to the rhythms and "vibrations" of a wide range of music to enhance the "letting go process" that leads me to feel intuitive color choices.

     

    The kaleidoscope monotypes became the focus of my 2004 solo show " Vibes: Art Inspired by Kaleidoscopes and Music" at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. It is my hope that the artwork of "Vibes" will help the viewer to appreciate the changing patterns of their own lives and to consider the inspirational role that music can play in all forms of creative expression.

     

    Media

    I create numerous kaleidoscopic line drawings and designs that can be reused as a basis to create a series of related monotype prints. Each print, like the images of a kaleidoscope, is a unique work with varied shapes and colors. There is no edition. Each monotype is numbered 1/1.

     

    The preliminary drawing or design is placed under a Plexiglas plate. Responding to the colors inspired by music and my inner feelings, I hand-color the plate with water-soluble media to develop the image. I do not preconceive the colors as I work. In the fluid process of creating the image, new shapes may emerge. When the image feels complete, the plate is then printed on an etching press, yielding one unique print. Sometimes, additional work is added by hand after printing.

    Flying in My Dreams by Marian Osher ©2004
    583,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    17 x 17 (image), 20 x 20 (frame)
    Circle of Drums by Marian Osher ©2004
    600,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    24 3/4 x 22 1/4 (image), 27 1/2 x 25 (frame) 

    A Flower Grows Within by Marian Osher ©2004
    558,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    17 x 17 (image), 20 x 20 (frame)
    Drumming Rhythms by Marian Osher ©2004
    623,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    13 x 24 (image), 16 x 27 5/8 (frame)
    Vibes by Marian Osher ©2004
    1154,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    17 x 17 (image), 20 x 20 (frame)
    Endless Waves and Waterbirds by Marian Osher ©2004
    612,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    24 x 13 (image), 27 5/8 x 16 (frame)
    Happy Colors by Marian Osher ©2004
    308,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    21 x 21 (image), 24 x 24 (frame)
    Kokopelli I by Marian Osher ©2004
    618,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    22 x 22 (image), 25 x 25 (frame)
    Let the Buffalo Roam! by Marian Osher ©2004
    608,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    22 x 22 (image), 25 x 25 (frame)
    Love, Respect, Protect by Marian Osher ©2004
    600,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    17 x 17 (image), 20 x 20 (frame)
    Native Rhythms by Marian Osher ©2004
    616,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    21 1/2 x 21 1/2 (image), 24 x 24 (frame)
    Rhythm n Blues by Marian Osher ©2004
    603,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    24 x 13 (image), 27 5/8 x 16 (frame)
    Shekhina's Garden by Marian Osher ©2004
    304,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    22 x 22 (image), 25 x 25 (frame)
    Sparkle by Marian Osher ©2004
    600,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    21 x 21 (image), 24 x 24 (frame)
    Star-Crossed by Marian Osher ©2004
    619,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    24 x 13 (image), 27 5/8 x 16 (frame)
    Suppose by Marian Osher ©2004
    318,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    17 x 17 (image), 20 x 20 (frame) 

    Tatanka by Marian Osher ©2004
    600,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    17 X 17 (image), 20 x 20 (frame)

    The White Buffalo by Marian Osher ©2004
    600,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    20 x 20 (image), 23 x 23 (frame)
    The Healing Garden by Marian Osher ©2004
    603,600
  • monotype, 1/1
    24 x 13 (image), 27 5/8 x 16 (frame)
    The Studio Revisited by Marian Osher ©2004
    306,600
  • Art Inspired by Kaleidoscopes and Music

     

    I became enchanted with kaleidoscopes after discovering Cozy Baker’s book Kaleidoscopes Wonders of Wonder at Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, Maryland. In 2001, my solo show,"Connections" explored diverse spiritualities using the mandala as a unifying visual tool. Developing this body of artwork was a life-changing experience that helped me to deeply feel the connection that we have with all of nature and with each other.

     

    Kaleidoscopes introduced me to another level of thinking about life. Like life, images seen through a kaleidoscope are always changing. New opportunities, acceptance of change, and appreciation of the present moment are all lessons I can learn from the kaleidoscope. The break-up and rearrangement of shapes and colors is unpredictable, as the fragments of the past give way to new images. The fragments of life are constantly rearranged for each of us. I am learning to let go of my fears and to look upon these changes as opportunities that can lead to new experiences. This helps me to appreciate the surprising beauty and personal growth that change can bring to me.

     

    Kaleidoscopes have also expanded my creative partnership with music. In 2001, I began creating monotypes inspired by kaleidoscopic images and music. Although I have never mastered a musical instrument, I do enjoy spiritual drumming and now participate in a drumming circle. While I create art, I listen to a wide range of music, including jazz, rock, bluegrass, country, soul, Native American and spiritual music. I am both energized and calmed as I explore the connection between changing kaleidoscopic designs and music. Each image is unique, whether figurative, symbolic or pure design, always revealing a symphony of changed shapes and colors. I tune in to the rhythms and "vibrations" of a wide range of music to enhance the "letting go process" that leads me to feel intuitive color choices.

     

    The kaleidoscope monotypes became the focus of my 2004 solo show " Vibes: Art Inspired by Kaleidoscopes and Music" at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. It is my hope that the artwork of "Vibes" will help the viewer to appreciate the changing patterns of their own lives and to consider the inspirational role that music can play in all forms of creative expression.

     

    Media

    I create numerous kaleidoscopic line drawings and designs that can be reused as a basis to create a series of related monotype prints. Each print, like the images of a kaleidoscope, is a unique work with varied shapes and colors. There is no edition. Each monotype is numbered 1/1.

     

    The preliminary drawing or design is placed under a Plexiglas plate. Responding to the colors inspired by music and my inner feelings, I hand-color the plate with water-soluble media to develop the image. I do not preconceive the colors as I work. In the fluid process of creating the image, new shapes may emerge. When the image feels complete, the plate is then printed on an etching press, yielding one unique print. Sometimes, additional work is added by hand after printing.

    Artist's Statement About Kaleidoscopes by Marian Osher ©2004
    606,792
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