I've heard other artists claim that listening to music while they are painting or drawing becomes a distraction. I have always believed that listening to music helps me to open up to my creative side and helps me "dig in" to the work. In another respect, music can directly effect my choice of subject matter. Certain songs can conjure very distinct visual images while others may put me in a more abstract mood. My style doesn't go to the abstract extent of Jackson Pollock and his "jazz paintings", and I'm not sure how Kandinsky's theory of "chords of color" effect my work.
Take a look at the video of John Mayer's "Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967". This is an example of how a particular song can put a very visual image in my mind and influence the work of art in itself.
Check out the upcoming acrylicworks5. My piece called "Utility Pole " is featured in it. As Navin Johnson once said; "My name in print! I'm somebody now!"
The book is scheduled to be released May 8th in hardcover and digital format.
"The 5th competition book in the AcrylicWorks series, this volume delivers another bold and breathtaking show of the best in contemporary acrylic painting, selected from an international call for entries. A rousing blend of instruction and inspiration, these pages feature:
I once went a year without creating any significant kind of art. It really hit hard when my wife told me that "If I had your talent, I would do it all the time". I decided then, that I would take steps to force myself to do more art. With the many art contest available through magazines, websites and even county fairs, there is usually some new deadline to meet, and sometimes a theme to work towards. Having a deadline is helpful for me and the primary reason for entering competitions. Winning a cash prize or ribbon is just icing on the cake.
"Drawing Techniques"- Scratchboard
Honorable Mention in Eccles Community Art Competition March 2018