A Dream Re-shuffled: A Mixed Media Painting Inspired by a Song

Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere,

This is part two of a two part series entitled, Blending The Senses With Art and Music. 

In a nutshell, my aim with this series is to create a work of art borne from a multi-sensory experience.

As this is a two part series, I highly suggest checking out my last post before you continue to read on.

You can do so by clicking on the image below.

Listening.  Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2014 © #art
Blending the Senses With Art and Music

Now that we’re all on the same page… let’s proceed.

These are the details of my experiment:

1. Pick a song and listen to it several times.

For this experiment, I picked Little Dragon’s song entitled Shuffle a Dream, from their album Ritual Union.

Here’s a video of a live performance of the song I chose:

If you haven’t heard of Little Dragon, I highly recommend their music. They have a unique, yet catchy and upbeat sound. Here’s a link to their website: http://little-dragon.net/

2. Pick an art medium. 

Technically, I picked two mediums:

  • 1) Mixed Media Collage (Using Mod Podge, found objects and epoxy)
  • 2) Acrylic Paint

3. While you create, listen to the song and let every aspect of it inspire you.

Selecting the Color Palette:

  • The colors I picked to adorn the canvas (an old wooden tray covered in strips of book pages) were colors I saw as I sat listening to the song with my eyes closed.

Brush strokes reflect the tempo:

  • The song starts off with a repeated tune, which I tried to mirror in my painting by using quick and short brush strokes in repeating patterns.

Representing lyrical symbols: 

My interpretation of the thematic elements in the song:

  • A life filled with riches and abundance is a romanticized dream created and reinforced by modern society. However, a life of opulence may not be as wonderful as it seems. Wealth often comes at a price, as moral judgement is clouded by a superficial reality.  When such a dilemma is presented, it is up to the individual to choose the path he or she takes. Choose to be tempted into a vapid existence by riches or stay who you are and keep your morals and freedom intact.

Symbols reflected in the painting:

4. Once you have a finished piece, reflect and share.

Well, here it is. My finished piece.

A Dream Reshuffled
A Dream Re-shuffled. Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2014 ©

I really enjoyed this project, and I was surprised by how mentally engaging it was. It turns out, attempting to interpret a song and represent it in a visual way requires quite a bit of reflection.

The product of such an endeavor acts as a snapshot of one’s personal reaction to someone else’s self expression. It’s kind of a beautiful thing when these two worlds merge.

That’s all for now.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.


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