Painting to Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet

I read in “Art from Intuition” by Dean Nimmer about a technique of painting to music. Painting really just for the pleasure of painting – not for any real output.

The exercise interested me but I didn’t know whether I was in the mood for experimentation.

I popped on a favourite – Louis Armstrong – and began to paint the bottom left hand corner of this canvas a very dark blue-brown as per a plan in my head – which had absolutely nothing to do with the music I was listening to. At that point I wasn’t “doing the exercise” of painting to the music.

Yet, as the music went on for a little bit, I did start to feel a little more energetic. So I dispensed with the dark blue and began with a big swirl of burnt sienna.

And then I had fun just moving my brush up and down as the trumpet danced along.

I have to say it was very enjoyable. I imagine it’s a bit like what children who are enjoying swishing their fingers around in paint feel like… just fun. There’s certainly a sense of movement in those swirls.

It’s really quite an interesting idea that my head is day-dreaming about what “rhapsody in blue” would look like, or Cyril Scott’s Lotus Land – a beautiful dreamy piano piece… must find out if that CD is still at mum’s place and reclaim it.


Posted on August 28, 2008, in Art, Waffle and Nonsense. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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