|'Southern Spring' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I like to pick music that fits the theme or concept of my painting. If I am painting a Southwestern landscape I love to listen to Native American flute music. It puts me right in the middle of the desert. When I returned home from Iceland I began listening to Icelandic bands as I painted from my plein air studies and reference photos. The music took me back and became intertwined with the painting.
The Right Music
This week I have an epic project going on in the studio. Sixteen huge panels fill my studio and one by one I am painting them with southern landscapes in acrylic. It requires an epic soundtrack. I found the perfect 'Painting Large' music on Spotify. I created my own station consisting of epic movie soundtracks.....think Star Wars, Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean. Big soundtracks played loud! It elevates me and helps me rise to that task of big bold brushstrokes.
I am working on the last set of panels tonight and all I need to do is turn on my epic music to put me in the right frame of mind. Here are a few progress shots of painting #7
|The block-in is the pink. I am starting the trees and background|
|Adding foliage and shadows on the path|
|Getting ready to paint the sky holes.|
|Finished! There is glare in this photo. I'll be sharing final photos soon|