I love music, I have an eclectic taste in music which I was able to indulge in for 10 years as a radio show producer and presenter. I could pick and choose what to listen to in between the on-air interviews. You now have access to any song, genre and artist and thousands of podcasts with apps such as Spotify, Apple Music, Iheartradio and the like.
I have also had two successful podcasts in the past both interviewing guests and sharing knowledge from LBA (life before art). You can probably tell I love sound and can be highly auditory given the nature of my past exploits.
For me creating art is intensifying my visual skills and has reduced the need for auditory stimulation.
Initially when I started creating again, I sat in silence and got lost in the paints. It was so relaxing and peaceful. It was also at a time that there was a lot of negativity and sadness in the world with the pandemic.
Over the years I transitioned to a playlist for creating. It is easy to listen to and has intermittent songs I can hum or sing along to. I know of many artists that prefer to paint and create listening to music from various genres such as classical, heavy metal to easy listening.
Occasionally I listen to a podcast from my favourite art podcasts such as Art to Life, Art Chatter and my all-time favorite Art Juice.
Lately, I have opted for silence. I have been enjoying creating florals and being present in the moment of creating in silence. The stresses of everyday life slip away as the paint glides on, and time gets lost. What a fabulous feeling.
Do you prefer music, podcasts or silence when you are working? What is your favourite podcast or music?
Lee Cummins is a mixed media artist, workshop and art class facilitator.