|"The Children's Library", Oil, 24x36, © Toni Ruppert|
We were dancing and laughing hysterically. The scene made me think how much music has helped me lately.
Music has helped me during my long hours at the painting easel. I have been completing a year-long project for the Markham Public Library(IL) which includes several paintings.
Music from 80‘s R&B singer Chaka Khan, legends The Isley Brothers and contemporary Gospel musicians like The Winans and J. Moss--have me literally dancing at the easel and cause my paint to flow just right. With music like this, my mistakes in my paintings(I do make many) don't seem as gargantuan.
|"Drawing/Children's Library", ink, 9x12, ©Toni Ruppert|
For example, in my haste to finish my painting, I realized after doing the drawing (shown on this post) that I had no guys represented. I had no models either. Oops!
I quickly added some figures into the painting as placeholders.
Luckily, I was using oil for this piece and could easily add figures like this. I have posted how it looked here. I quickly called some dear friends who modeled for me that night and I was able to add in the figures.
|"Progress/Children's Library", Oil, 24x36, ©Toni Ruppert|
Music is an essential addition to my painting routine. Put the music on and start the day is my advice.
Do you use music in your work? Has it helped with oopsies? What are you swaying, twirling, pirouetting or bopping to? I’d love to hear from you.