Art and music
The first day of high school art class my teacher told us to bring CDs. (I know, CDs… iPhones were definitely not a thing yet guys)
“Art and music go together!” Those words stuck in my head.
It’s about the process.
That concept of “the process” came up again in college when I was a fine arts major in a drawing class.
I was made to appreciate the work the artist put in-not just the finished product.
How the artist struggled with form and you could see it on the page…that hadn’t occurred to me. Once it did though, I looked at art in a new light.
That process of how a piece is created directly impacts the outcome.
A simple pencil drawing shows lines, even erased lines, and you can almost imagine what was going through their head when they drew them.
There are some paintings that have layers upon layers of paint. They’re almost 3D. You can see that struggle the artist had finding the form and bringing out the colors. It intrigues me.
Sometimes when I see a piece of art that looks like the artist really struggled, I wonder if they were going through something in their life. Often times you can see that artists take out their emotions in their work and it tells a story on its own, separate from the content of the piece.
The pressure they used, the speed at which they laid the lines down, is it a mess? Was the form carefully constructed? It really makes a difference.
Music flows much like art. It facilitates that process. Once I find that place where I’m inspired and have a direction-it just flows.
Whenever I get done with a drawing my mind feels clear-like I emptied it right on the page. I definitely put my emotions into my art. And when you consider how music expresses emotion-it just all kinda ties together, doesn’t it?
I often listen to mellow music when I create to remind myself to slow down and pause before making decisions on the paper. I need that reminder because I get excited and just go! I’ve learned that just throwing lines carelessly on paper does not work for me. I always hate the outcome.
So in order to love my work, I have to force myself to entertain a process that doesn’t come naturally to me. That process being patience. Ha.
Patient mood, calm music drawing: (attention to detail, thoughtfully placed lines)
Fun, faster music with less care to detail:(Less care with lines, a little more hectic looking, can you see the difference in style?)
While patience takes practice, I do enjoy building values in a drawing. Often times there’s this struggle of:
- Will this work?
- It might, I’ll draw it.
- It’s not working
- I hate it
- Maybe I can fix it
- It’s working now
- Okay, I dig it
- I gotta start dinner-I’ll finish this next year. (Real talk)
Pushing myself to get through those beginning unsure steps can be a challenge. I always try to decide if I’m wasting my time on an idea or if I just need to work out the details.
Listening to music helps my momentum. I’ll often just sing and jam and draw and let the hours go by and then I have an almost finished drawing in front of me.
I’ll be honest I have a TON of drawings that I’ve started and haven’t finished. I have ideas I want to get on paper but don’t typically have time to complete them.
Lately I’ve been making time though and you can read about that journey here.
So that’s my long, drawn out way of telling you that I think art is persuaded by music and that music is like a train that takes my mind from idea to creation. I dig that. Plus who doesn’t want to sing at the top of their lungs while drawing like a weirdo?