The Fermata musical symbol is one that allows the musician to take a rest or hold a note for as long as they would like, and from some time ago I decided that it would be a mission statement of sorts that would unify all of the various pursuits in my past and future: Music, Meditation, Martial Arts (not anymore sadly), Painting, and Medicine. The “therapeutic pause” is something that is severely lacking from all of our lives, and this series attempts to draw the listener into that state by portrays animated scenes in nature without a particular area of focus, but holding space for the viewer to let their consciousness wander off (and thereby allowing the body to relax). As with many of my pieces these days, it is a combination of digital drawing and 35mm photography, and the original photo that was the basis for the animation was taken at Changdeukgung Palace in Seoul, Korea: From there I wanted the focus to be on the traditional windchimes that I have only seen in Korea, mostly at Buddhist temples but also here and there hanging from awnings in various houses in the city. These windchimes have a fish underneath the bell, and has a myriad of symbolism within Buddhist religion, and I love them for their childlike simplicity as well as the spartan, almost dull tone that the bell produces (perhaps in contrast to the more flashy, multi-tone versions that I was more accustomed to growing up in the States). This will be the first in the “Fermata” series, and I’m very happy with how it came out. Here is a video that shows some of the process in that went into it in Procreate before going into After Effects: Fermata #1: Windchime is currently available as a 1/1 on Foundation.