Feeling Vibrations - The Music of Life

Denise Dunn's avatar Denise Dunn

This painting was inspired by John Gibson’s opus, “Red Plumes”, which takes us on a musical voyage to the bottom of the ocean where we visit the world of tubeworms and hydrothermal vents. Within the painting lies a story of life. The tubeworms only exist near hydrothermal vents, which discharge a hot mineral-rich broth, an oasis from the surrounding extreme cold and darkness. The tubeworms extend their red plumes to absorb the minerals in the roiling effluent. As I begin to paint, the melody moves us along the barren ocean floor toward the vent. My brush strokes begin to capture the images of this fragile utopia. I feel the rhythmic dance of the tubeworms with their lilting red plumes and experience the vibrations as if I were conducting the piece from the sea floor podium. I used stylized imagery giving in to the cadence and repetition of the music to create the plumes' movement in the abyss. Experience “Feeling Vibrations” – can you hear the music of John Gibson’s “Red Plumes”?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 30 inches