Cropped section of an oil painting from a jazz influenced series some years ago.
I was listening to a lot of bebop, Coltrane, Miles and contemporary jazz & blues at the time, along with playing tenor and alto saxophone myself.
Music has always been kind of a big deal in my life and I remember it feeling very natural creating art around where my head was at. Still does.
Back then I was also producing promotional work for various festivals (Saratoga New York, Moscow Jazz Festival and closer to home Adelaide Jazz Festival and Newcastle Jazz Festival).
I love to have music playing when I’m painting but it’s not all jazz these days.
I think (that like art) it is productive to immerse and educate oneself in a wide range of music and influence.
Look, listen, absorb and learn from all sources and then try to communicate or interpret that through your art.
The presence of influence (subjective or pictorial) not imitation is fine in context and it is what attracts me most to the work of others whether it’s visual art or music.
But it’s all subjective right?
Of my own creative endeavours, I try to keep an open mind, ignore trends and for the most part not be too seduced by the new or other people’s amazing art.
Rediscovering this jazz inspired piece today reminded me that my most successful (in my eyes) and worthwhile work remains in following my continued intention to produce art that reflects where I am at right now.
By this I mean in a physical sense, psychological or place in time.
It’s an interesting journey and may be wasted if I make it all about aesthetics and no real narrative.
Well at least for me anyway.