Naps are always better with a buddy.
Monday’s Music Motivates Me
Let’s face it some music just motivates us to dance, even if the results are not pretty. Some music invites and motivates us to sing along, even though we can’t carry a tune. Many of us prefer some sort of music in the background of our lives when we are doing things we enjoy. I like to draw, even though I don’t do it much anymore. As an architect, I used to draw for a living, but much of that drawing was technical and precise images that guided contractors how parts of a building should go together. Occasionally I would sit down and just sketch something for my own amusement. I have always had music playing when I am drawing. The music may come from any number of genres, but lately I have been drawn to the blues and some of the classic country tunes.
Not long after retirement I took an interest in Zentangles. I had no idea what a Zentangle was until I saw them posted on Pinterest. I spent a few days working on them and I still do one from time to time. They are relaxing and help clear the mind.
Zentangles can be as simple or as complicated as the artist chooses. They can be random, symmetrical, or completely non geometric. They can be color or black and white. Personally I prefer B&W.
I still like to vignette sketch and I am going to start doing more of that later this year. I have a major (for me) landscape project to do very soon so, plants have been on my mind.
I use a combination of ink pens, color markers and color pencils for these types of sketches. I guess that makes them mixed media. They take anywhere from ten to twenty minutes to produce.
What about the music you ask! Well I do like blues and country for these moments. First up is possibly the best blues guitarist working today. Joe Bonamassa has been playing since he was four years old and he is a genius with strings.
Bonnie Raitt combines the best of everything I like about music. She’s a little bit country, blues, rock, and folk. She has a sound all of her own and she can tell a story with the lyrics.
When legends get together on stage, magic happens. If I could only draw the way these guys can make music. Have a blessed week.