Let’s get into the real meat and potatoes, shall we? Creative flow…how it happens.
Generally, I have a hard time focusing unless I’m doing art or writing. These are the two things that give me the most joy. A key ingredient to my focus and flow is music. This has always been a partner to my art. Back in college, when I was painting for hours at a time, it was absolutely necessary for me to have a selection of music on hand. Once I found THE song that was working for me that day, I would play it on repeat until I got sick of it. It wasn’t so much that I was listening to the song in detail, but that something about that piece of music fit the day’s mood or intention.
Lately, I’ve found several Christian songs that scratch the itch. Pretty much anything by Lauren Daigle, Mercy Me, or a few selections from Casting Crowns. Classical music can also take me to a flowy place…pieces like Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man…both of which I first heard in concert halls.
I’ve never been sure the music was important beyond being inspirational background noise, but as I’m meditating on God, it makes sense that the message in the music is a Christ-centered one.
This series of posts started because I decided to undertake meditative and prayer-centered paintings for Advent. There are a lot of reasons I’m doing this, and I’ll get into those specifics in the next post, but music is a key part of being able to get into that creative place quickly and there’s rarely a day that a painting doesn’t “stick” if I listen to something that inspires me.