"Black and White" 16x20" © 2009 Shayla Perreault Newcomb.
This painting has been in storage since I made it. It was an experiment with stencilling and the look was different enough that I didn't include it with my last show. I also put it out of site since I had a strong, unpleasant reaction to it. It doesn't provoke the same reaction anymore, so I'm bringing it out to show.
At the time of making the painting, I'd been listening to a CBC radio show talking about death. Whenever I looked at the painting, I was reminded of all of the feelings that the show brought up. Have you noticed how memory can work that way? I've noticed it with songs too. Some songs are memory heavy. At this point, I prefer not listen to music etc. anymore when painting. It used to catapult me into inspiration but now I feel it interferes with what's already there.
Many artists have done exciting things with music and painting. Kandinsky, for example could hear music when he saw color. His compositions are strongly linked to music.
I wonder if we could guess which artists use music and which use silence just by looking at their work. Anybody game to try?
Leaving you with a sign that spring is in New Brunswick too. The first Dandelion.