Weather wise, yesterday was a wet, gray, rainy, misty kind of day. But inside the studio, I was jamming and slinging paint because I’d set the studio’s tone and tenor regardless of the outdoor conditions. How?
The music I’d selected to help me get into the winter scene was a mix of Grant Green’s, “Blue Breakbeats”, “Street of Dreams” and “Idle Moments”. A jazz cornucopia enabling a pretty good flow* to happen while I painted. Which got me thinking.
Do I paint differently when I use different music? I think so. Sometimes there’s a quiet reflective painting that needs quiet introspective music to back it up. Other times I put on the blues and let them carry the brush around the canvas. Or maybe it’s a vibrant strong painting so I put on the 80s old school funk and have a go.
During a Studio B tour here in Nashville – the guide told us about the time Elvis turned off all of the studio lights so he could set the mood to sing. He then played the song and at the very end you hear a slight “thud” which was Elvis bumping his head on the mic.
Great story. But it goes to my point that as an artist you can set the mood for yourself. How you set the mood is dependent upon you but that you set the mood is paramount to your art.
I have several playlists for different types of paintings and moods. I’d be willing to share these if you’re interested, let me know. How about you? What do you prefer to listen to that sets your brush on edge? Feel free to share in the comments.
Until next time: Connect | Engage | Unleash
*Flow as coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi