Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Painting to the Music

Love has no pride--Bonnie Raitt.

Take Me to the River--Al Green.

Oh, My Gosh It's Mighty Mouse!--Black Lodge Singers.

Sittin' On Top of the World--Jack White (Cold Mountain soundtrack).

Every Little Bit--Patty Griffin.

Joue pas de rock & roll pour moi--Johnny Hallyday.

Columbus Mississippi Blues--Bukka White...

...These were just a few of the songs that came up on shuffle while painting today.

What do you listen to while painting? I would love to hear from you hardworking, enthusiastic and devoted artists. Sometimes it's difficult to keep painting when a particularly good song comes on (Blues, especially). I want to rush back into the house, fire up the tube amp, and pretend I can play guitar, wailing away with abandon.

Yet, smearing paint assertively (almost casually, the way a cat saunters across an open yard), feeling the color without reservation (like a prism held in a child's hand) is, is, is, transcendent!

This painting is 8" x 8", oil on an artboard. Titled: Two Clouds Over Patagonia.


Karen said...

I think you're smearing better than ever. Isn't that the truth, the transcendence of it?! I find that to happen even if the smear is like 1 square inch.
I paint in silence, although I inadvertently listen to the street noise, which is interesting to think of the contrast of the business outside to the quiet and beautiful slowness in the studio.

Melinda said...

Hi Karen,
I'm glad my smears are getting a bit better. You're very kind and most insightful about the transcendent ability of paint. I can see that you've also been experiencing this!

Ah, a quiet studio is also good. Some days I also prefer silence. However, it does seem that most days in the studio are accompanied by off course Air Force jets...really intrusive. So, cranking up the music helps balance the outbursts.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

The problem with reading this is that I've gone searching all over for the songs. My son is actually playing guitar in the next room -- what a pleasure compared to Guitar Hero, which got him away from his musical talent.

What do I listen to? CBC Radio, Books on CD, and Soul Music. BB King, Aretha Franklin, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and...Paul Simon, Little Feet -- and much more.

I love this painting, the joy in it is palpable. Just super wonderful,
over the top fantastic!!!!


Melinda said...

Oh, dear, Barbara, you had me laughing and feeling guilty for sending you on a wild goose chase! I do hope you found the songs and enjoyed them.

You made my jaw drop when you mentioned Little Feat!! I know only one other person who knows their music. Wow. I really did want to make a list that was eclectic and those were the exact songs that had been playing.

I like your list a lot. I think I'm going to try and live-stream CBC radio, just to check it out sometime.

Glad you like the painting. Makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

I just checked out your blog and love your style of painting. I like the vibrancy of your work and the subjects, as well as how you interpret them. I have iTunes on my computer in the attic where I work under a skylight and listen to Abba, Classical music, Pink Floyd, Allison Kraus, Andrew Lloyd Webber's music and whatever else I add to the ipod.

Melinda said...

Hello Watercolorist!
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing how you work and the music you listen to. You, too, have eclectic tastes!

I'll have to meander over and see what you're up to with watercolor.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Sumptious painting:

What blue,
What white,
But, oh my Dakini,
What orange!
To quench my thirst!


I paint in silence.
There's already too much clattering around inside my head to think about listing to music as well :o)

kathrynlaw said...

I *love* these landscapes, what a knockout series. This one is especially amazing, with those complements workin' for ya. Wow! I always look forward to seeing what you're working on, because there is such fantastic variety--you're a very courageous and inspiring artist. Conceptual to representational, you got it goin' on. :)

I listen to deep house-trance, metal, or classical music... or nothing. I remember Little Feat--good stuff!

susan hong-sammons said...

It's so interesting watching your paint journey. Do you think you've found your voice in these more contemporary paintings?

Melinda said...

Thank you so much, David! You're waxing poetic and it is good.

Silence is a good thing while the voices are loud in one's head... :)

Melinda said...

Wow, Kathryn, you too remember Little Feat?! That's great.

Thank you for your generous comment. Makes me smile and want to continue to be bold!

Speaking of're really doing good stuff lately as well. It's good to have the freedom to work as we choose, isn't it? Those old rules about sticking to one genre just can't stop us anymore.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Susan! Yes, in a way I have found my voice when it comes to landscape painting.

Yet, no, or maybe, this is merely one voice that I will use when approaching other genre. As you can see, it's okay to move around freely, painting in a contemporary manner, an abstract way, a real way or a combo of them all. Ah. It's the finding of one or more voices and not following anyone else's that is beginning to count more to me.

I think getting into the Tucson Museum of Art's Biennial exhibit pushed me toward a more confident acceptance of my contemporary approach.

Linny D. Vine said...

Great painting, great title and great music!!! I like painting in the quiet some days and painting with song other days...the painting, Road Tripper was titled from listening to the Little Willy's 'Lou Reed' song (road trippin' became road tripper...

Melinda said...

I love this, Linny! Thank you for sharing what music you listen to while painting. And, thank you for your kind words.

Linny D. Vine said...

(Whoops on earlier post...from the "Lou Reed" song cow tippin' became road trippin' became "Road Tripper")...I knew what my thinking was but now you may, too too?!