from Bach's Mass in B Minor
36" x 24"
I grew up thinking that "holy" was something lofty and beyond myself. My particular journey has helped me to see that so many "ordinary" things we encounter in this life are indeed holy and sacred, from new plants lifting themselves out of the dirt to reach for the sun, to the eyes of a baby when they first really connect with you and a smile bursts forth.
While I am painting, I have a lot of time to contemplate life. As I immersed myself in Sanctus and thought about Bach writing this incredible work, I wondered, what was he thinking as he put these notes together? What did he want to say about life and faith with these instruments and voices? What I hear is that he was pointing to a Creator who takes delight in the beauty of this planet in all of its ordinary and extraordinary holiness. This music is our response to that Love.
You can see a video montage of each of these paintings while listening to the music that inspired it. It is very meditative. I hope the color, texture and movement carry you more deeply into the music. Go to www.RobynSandAnderson.com. Hover over the tab "Interpreting Bach's Mass in B Minor" and the four sub-tabs beneath. Click on each one to find the video and music.