Let me show you my best painting secret!
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What music do you listen to when painting? Or writing, sculpting or any art for that matter. Is there any more pleasure than getting lost in the moment painting while listening to great music? There is no point thinking too long about this because it is one of life's profound pleasures. "Nuff said!" as the late Bernie Mac said in Oceans 13.
I have just finished a painting while listening to Precious & Rare by Nina Simone. I am not sure why I chose this album, but it was a moving experience. Other music I often listen to in the studio? It can be anything from Mozart and Handel to Miles Davis and Bruce Springsteen. All can influence a painting and that is a fact to give one pause for thought. Paint something while listening to Pink Floyd and try the same painting while listening to Wynton Marsalis will result in something altogether different.
If you consider that a true connection to the creative moment is shared by all artists no matter what their art may be. Both singer and painter are connected for a moment in that state of creative bliss. Of course it is a moving experience - inspirational and liberating. One's mind releases itself from the mundane and taps into the rhythms of creativity. It a legal trip so try it next time you get out the paint brushes. Lose yourself in the creative moment and release yourself from the pressures of everyday life.
It is so simple when you think about it. No extravagance is required. The universe has given us all we need to here and now. Music - painting and the joy is all ours!