Ludwig van Beethoven told us, "Music is the mediator between spiritual and sensual life." How right he was! For everyone, but, I suspect, especially for artists. I cannot count how many times I have read of artists or heard artists saying that they always create art to the sound of music. I find that the type of art I am trying to do dictates to some degree the music to which I listen. Gregorian chants or early choral music go beautifully with silverpoint drawing, while watercolours are far more eclectic! Life drawing too works marvellously to world music with a driving beat...
Different kinds of music, different rhythms... Think of two wonderful artists who depicted music-making but who themselves made art that pulsed with rhythm - Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence.
|Romare Bearden, (1911-1988), Chorus, print, (Image courtesy of the Romare Bearden Estate)|
|Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), The Seamstress,1946 (Image courtesy of the University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery)|
|Jacob Lawrence, Play (1999); silk screen(Image courtesy of the Lawrence Jacob Estate)|
Indeed, for me, music is art in real time, art is music in real time - but oh, it is nice to have the opportunity to marry both together again.