I have been driven to create by music lately. Sometimes I work in silence, but I go through phases where I must have a melody in my ear. Today it is the sound of classic guitar…
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I am certainly no Aphrodite, but my first love is music too. A lot of my art reflects my natural rhythmic thinking. Patterns that move and flow. I grew up with the sounds of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Later when my family moved to the country I was introduced to the sounds of Marty Robbins and Charlie Rich. I love all music….classic rock….country….classical…50’s….60’s….70’s…80’s….contemporary pop and even some rap. When I am painting, I am always listening to music. Sometimes I dance around with the paint brushes. At other times I am sitting still…concentrating. It is in these times of stillness that I prefer simple music…an acoustic guitar….a piano…solo. Perhaps a solo guitar or just the sound of piano is to music what abstract is to art.
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I’ve been making music again.
Colorful explosions of eye candy.
My instruments do…
But only the soul can hear it.
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This year is a year of “firsts” for me. My first art show is coming up! But I also received my first royalty check from posterservice.com . They gave me a really nice advance for two of my guitars, so I wasn’t certain that I would ever see more. But people really like my instruments and stores have been buying them……so a surprise check showed up in the mail. 🙂 I am currently working with another company who contacted me after they saw my work on Fine Art America. They are marketing me to some really big names and I am so excited about moving in this direction. All of the really grueling hard work of 10 years is paying off and I couldn’t be happier. I share my triumphs so other artists can be inspired to keep going and realize that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. And I share so all of my fans can see that their efforts to share me and promote me have been productive. Thank you to all who follow me on my journey. It is your support and encouragement that has kept me positive all of these years. Thank you!
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There is a certain kind of freedom in music that no other medium can mimic. I love to paint and create artwork on the computer. It opens my soul to all of the mystery and wonder of this world and there is no other way I would rather express myself. However, my creativity does not happen in a quiet place. I always have music playing. Sometimes I want rock n’ roll. Then there are times when only Classical will ignite my fire. But the simplest of pleasures is a single guitar. The fluidity and resonance awakens the creative power inside of me and I am free! There is no other freedom like it….let the music play!
The piece above titled “A Certain Kind Of Freedom” can be yours for a song (pun intended) for a few days…only a few available here:
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Licensing…..every week or so, I get asked by some company to license my art work. I have considered many, but up until now have declined. Most outfits look unprofessional and perhaps a bit “fly by nightish”. Some have contracts that are too restrictive which would cause me to loose control of the images they will be using. Some have no real accountability for sales which leaves an artist open to being taken advantage of. But yesterday I signed my first contract with http://www.posterservice.com/. They have been in the industry for over 25 years and my work will be retailed in stores like Spencer’s gifts and College Bookstore’s. They have chosen my guitars and I am excited for this opportunity to have more people exposed to my art!