Subtle. Melodic. Mellow. A few of the keywords describing one of my favorite songs to listen to when painting my ECHOES series.
Music plays an important role in my creative process. Putting on my favorite Pandora station triggers my brain that it’s time to paint. Listening to music that suits the feeling of the work I’m creating helps me get lost in the act of creating, to find that state of flow.
I wanted my ECHOES work to be peaceful but luscious, deep and mysterious. The music I listen to has a lot to do with how those pieces come to be. Here are a few of my favorites that help me realize just the right atmosphere to create an ECHOES painting–
If you’d like to create a similar station on Pandora, I began with Wailin’ Jennys as my first artist, weeding out anything too twangy/country/corny and opting for softer, more melodic folky music. Other artists I love on the station in addition to the ones above– Patty Griffin, Crooked Still, Norah Jones, Dar Williams, Dixie Chicks, The Duhks, Grace Potter.. I could go on and on!
I’d love to hear what music you listen to while creating and how it influences your own work. Tell me all about it in the comments!
Fun fact: The titles for my acrylic paintings are all song lyrics. See if you can figure out where your favorites come from!
sweet peace I & II, acrylic on canvas, 36×36 each