Today, rainy and wet outdoors, I decide “It’s a good painting day.”
Many an art instructor suggests that you “paint to music.” I rev up Spotify to see what is on my playlist. Ah, Antonio Vivaldi. I wonder what inspired him? Brushes and paints in the ready. Take me away, Antonio! Immediately I’m immersed in an intense and manic Vivaldi. I go manic on the canvas. Then, abruptly, the music shifts to lyrical and light. WHAT!
Do I stay with the manic? Or do I transition into lyrical as I’m painting? Or, do I turn the music off completely? Guess what? I, that means you too, can do whatever I (or you) want. I can stay with Vivaldi on speed or adapt to lyrical…or shut the music off entirely. Vivaldi’s Storm, at least, got this painting off the ground! Right?
Painting or Writing Prompt:
What does this music inspire in you? Take three minutes and listen to this piece with pen and paper nearby. Afterwards, take your journal and write away! Let your writing be in direct response to where Vivaldi’s music takes you. Or grab your paints, a large brush and a piece of 140# weight watercolor paper–a large sheet is the most fun–play Vivaldi’s Storm as you play on the substrate.