‘Art and Music’. These two brothers go hand in hand.

When I write music I think in landscapes, akin to an artist sketching his image on a canvas before he applies paint. Sounds have different frequencies. Low frequency notes are at the bottom of the canvas (e.g. grass), the middle frequency notes – like strings – are slightly higher up (e.g. hills), the vocals higher still (e.g. sky). Essentially, a song is only finished when the painting is complete in my mind’s eye. If something is missing it’s this visual overview that helps me complete the song.

I recently met up with Austin artist Joshua Thelin who explained that for certain projects his canvas has to be extremely taught. Joshua tightens his canvas so much that on occasions the canvas emits an ‘A’ note when he hits the canvas.

Atwood Magazine related a great conversation with a artist Brian Coleman who listens to music while he paints. ‘All of the sound helps; rhythm, lyric, and tempo all have different influences while creating. For instance, tempo determines if my brushstrokes and pencil lines are aggressive or free flowing; lyrics head me into happiness or pain in the past or in the now; rhythm influences fragmented or sometimes more content geometric and organic forms within my work’.

Brothers hand in hand, creative arms entwined.


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