Sometimes it's tough to get into the creative zone. You've got lots of things swirling in your head - work, family drama, traffic, laundry, etc. etc. etc.
But you've made precious time for your art and you don't want to waste it paralyzed in front of your blank canvas or paper. Please don't wait for the muse to arrive. It has to find you working, remember?
If you need a free tool to get your first marks down on canvas and get you into the zone quick, use MUSIC!
So yes, ideally, it would be nice to have that perfect playlist set up. Honestly, I don't have time, so I just click on the computer and go to my favorite station and get FREE music via the internet instantly.
When I had to drive for an hour to the atelier early in the morning, my mind would still be half asleep. My routine was to stand in front of my easel, put on my headphones and listen to my first song: It had very fast beat that would wake me up and have my hand making marks in no time (Bebot by The Black Eyed Peas).
As the painting progressed, I would have some music that needed to carry me further and deeper so that I could really put my soul into my art. Usually it's music that really gets deep into my heart and/or transports me to another country. (German Soul/R & B singer Xavier Naidoo has done good job with that!)
So I encourage you to start creating your stations for the different parts of your creative moods.
Think about different situations and what music would motivate you to get going.
1. THINK OF POSSIBLE SITUATIONS
- I want to paint, but I'm not feeling 100% inspired OR I want to paint, but have jet lag.
- I'm on a roll, but I know this piece is going to be a marathon.
- I want to feel like I'm in Paris.
- I had a stressful day, and I need to feel like I'm on an island without a care in the world.
- I want something that reminds me of my carefree times when I was a younger.
- I want to really feel the depth of this painting - get me some "gravitas" music pronto!
- I want to feel like I'm going on an epic adventure.
- I'm feeling sluggish, but need to get this painting done quicker.
2. CREATE YOUR STATIONS
Here are some that I have (it's also nice to start customizing each station and make it your own):
- Carla Bruni & Edith Piaf (transports me to Paris)
- Bob Marley & Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (transports me to laid back living)
- James Taylor & Carole King (brings me to a happy and relaxed place right away)
- Ennio Morricone (epic film scores that create a magnificent painting experience)
- Violins (no lyrics, just soothing music)
- Jingle Punk Radio or Black Violin (no lyrics, faster pace)
And when I want to feel the depth of the painting, I need a song to make my heart cry like this one song from german pop-duo Rosenstolz or the one that Herbert Groenemeyer wrote for his wife. I cannot remember the titles right now - I think I've been listening too much to Tracy Chapman lately. Gotta switch it up again.
You know what music makes you click, so start remembering the songs that will elevate your mood to get you where you want to go.
Combine your favorite music when your creating art. It's amazing how it can help you get things done quicker or get you into the zone you want to be in. Make it your trusted ally and get your groove on.
Make an amazing playlist for your creative time. If you don't have time, just make a couple of stations that really inspire you. Delete the ones you've outgrown.
Let me know the music that floats your boat!! I'm curious.
Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It's transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's strengthening.
- Aretha Franklin