Daytime always found its way to meet with nighttime pretty soon in winter. As we knew it, the moon shaded a soft yellow light on the windowpane while a cat meowed in the distance of alley as if he was informing people that’d be the end of the day. As the night finally crept up my heart, the house was in the total dark already. I intended not to turn on the light, letting the darkness fill in every corner of the house. I wiped off the dust from my chromatic harmonica with care, slowly fumbling at the holes. A few musical notes for a starter vibrated from the reed, leaving no trail to be found in the darkness.
On playing, I closed my eyes and paused for a moment. Then there came the music. My heart followed with my song, flowing gently high and low. And then, I lost the track of the time and space while the song of my heart was flying around the room to room.
我以为音乐可以打破时间的束缚、空间的界限、文化地域的不同，牵引着双耳直击听众的心灵。艺术亦是如此，无需多说什么，仅仅通过视觉的呈现、色彩的相互交融、场景的描绘，动静结合的手法、光与影的映衬，便能很好的碰撞读者的内心深处，产生共鸣。而我也非常荣幸，在近期的“Night Scenes Photo and Art Contest (Corel夜景摄影与艺术绘画国际比赛)”中获胜，我的绘画作品“Moonlight Shadow Night (月夜)”从众多的摄影和艺术作品中，在艺术绘画板块一栏荣登榜首。该比赛由全球前十的套装软件生产厂商，系知名数位多媒体应用之领导者Corel赞助，Corel Discovery Center主办，经过评审团从美感、构图、故事性、专业性等多方面评比而出。
Music might break the chain of time, the limitation of space and the difference of culture, leading the listeners’ ears to collide with their hearts. Arts might have the same impact as well, I thought. The visual images, the mixture of colors, the depiction of scenes, the dynamic and static drawing skills, the light and shadows, etc. Just enjoy, leaving nothing to say. The artwork speaks itself and reaches into the deep of your heart to boost your feelings. As for me, so did my artworks. And I was pretty honored that I was awarded a prize and one of my artworks, or “Moonlight Shadow Night” was a winner in art entry in the Night Scenes Photo and Art Contest hosted by Corel Discovery Center and sponsored by Corel Corporation. Among all the photos and artworks, the sponsor selected three winners from all eligible entries by their great sense of beauty, composition, storytelling and other professional skills.
Because of this, my year of 2019 had marked with an amazing closure. And now I wanted to share my story of how I got the spark to create this award-winning artwork. The inspiration began with the movie “August Rush”, which’s had many great music tracks. One of the BGM was played with harmonica, or “Moondance”, and I was totally attracted to it. So I started to copy every tunes and notes of this track by listening to it for hours and hours. At midnight, I mastered this song and played at the rooftop as the moon revealed behind the cloud.
There was a mist forming in my head, then all of sudden, it came clear. I imagined myself on an island where the lake lying around. I built a wooden villa while made a fire in front of the house. The fire brought warmth, offering the reflation of the house from the lake. Together with the stars in the sky, the moon shone as bright as the one above the rooftop, which covered the night in total blue. I felt the inner peace as if the still water, quiet and peaceful.
That’s why I painted the background in a blue hue. A wooden villa was put in the golden ratio of the visual sense that I outlined the detail of building structure for many times. According to the light angle radiated at that night, I darkened some lines of the house to enhance the changes of light and shadow.
Then I painted the pavement and a dancing fire to light the mood as if a gentle breeze searching for the warmth. Several sparks found their way to the gravel ground. I added the highlights of the fire, tinting the warm color on the door, bushes, and ground that around the fire. After that, the sky was filled with stars. A pure moon illuminated the night while I was playing the harmonica. I sat on the moon as if I sat at the edge of the night, looking for my inner peace.
I painted a lake and ripples to create trivial motions for the still image. The lake just like the mirror reflected my heart – Alone, I felt. That’s when my harmonica started to be played, capturing this loneliness that along with the smoke from the chimney. It flew away, far from the moon, where was it going, where was it flowing? One thing for certain, it never stopped.
As you, my beloved readers, are enjoying my award-winning artwork, feel free to listen to my music as well. Together with these two, I hope they will leave footprints in your hearts. Thanks for loving my artworks and supporting me as always.
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