Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cover Reveal for the Audiobook Edition of Apart From Love

So, here is the cover for the audio edition of Apart From Love

My purpose is to display the title, author, and narrator names in a way that complements the underlying image. So I had to adjust the brightness of the text, so that the name "Heather Jane Hogan" stands out, blue on blue, by the same degree as "David Kudler" stands out, red on red. It is all a question of balance... 

I chose the Golden color of the title so it stands out the most over the image. Under it, the  author name is displayed in a peachy flesh color, same as the figure. I wanted to impart the feeling that light comes from above, and it is caught by the text, more so at the top--Apart From Love--and less and less as it trickles farther and farther down. 



If you're wondering where the image came from, it is based on the rightmost panel in my 3-panel oil painting. I offer it to your interpretation, if the figures are dancing out of joy, or getting themselves tied in utter frustration... When I painted the picture, I likened the red fabric to chewing gum on the floor, into which you step and can never release yourself. The more you fight to free yourself, the more you become entangled.  


Shimmering luster, let me try, let me reach you
Layers beyond layers of red, all aglow
With trembling fingers I touch... Flimsy tissue
It comes down upon me, folding high into low 

I dance with abandon, with no inhibition,
Entangled in fabric, I can no longer flee
Can't breath, for now I can see the strange fusion
Now I know: this tissue is me

And here is the musical score for the audiobook: Stefano-Ligoratti playing Mozart's variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Natasha, the mother in Apart From Love is a pianist, and this music was chosen with her in mind:


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