I often get asked where I get my inspiration. What I surround myself with. What kind of music I love and like to listen to when I paint.
Well, on the subject of music and auditory inspiration - I am the only artist I have ever heard say this - but I don't really like music. I mean I LIKE music alright, but I never work to it. It's too repetitive and chaotic. It's too controlling and emotional.
I prefer to listen to audio books actually. When I paint, I try as hard as I can to distract my conscious mind and let my subconscious auto pilot take over. Books are a great way to really engage and follow a plot or story line. They take over. You are the character. The story kidnaps you.Music is a very "self" media. It's all about feelings or memories. I have some very dark places that I don't care to dwell on. They are done and it's over and I don't want that darkness to creep into my work. There is most certainly an "offness" in all my pieces, but it’s a personal commandment for me that I don't dabble in the self-pityingly morbid.
More than anything, I just get bored of hearing a pop star sing about herself. More than one song and I'm done. Let’s go somewhere. Let’s have an adventure.
It was a sad realization for a condemned bibliophile like myself when I realized that my two passions – reading and painting – directly conflicted each other. They both require your eyes and total focus. Then (sneaky me) I discovered the audio book loop-hole ^_^
When we were little, my parents read aloud to me and my sisters almost every night. We would beg to be read the same books over and over. It got to the point where they would try to play tricks on us and change what our beloved heroes said, and immediately four little pairs of eyes would fly up and four little voices would cry “No! THAT’S not what he says!”
To this day, I still just love having someone read to me.
My pieces are about stories and so that's what I immerse myself in. Crime novels, historical fiction. Mysteries, fantasy, dystopian fiction. I love it.
The books I listen to don’t really affect or influence my work. They're just an escape.
Here's a list of a few of my favorite audio books to date (listen to them over and over! The library loves me ^-^)
Lolita – Narrated by Jeremy Irons (my absolute favie!)
Blood Canticle – by Anne Rice - Narrated by David Pittu
Blackwood Farm– by Anne Rice - Narrated by David Pittu
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – by Gregory Maguire - Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
Wicked – by Gregory Maguire - Narrated by John McDonough
Birth of Venus- by Sarah Dunant – Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
Interpretation of Murder – by Jed Rubenfeld - Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins - Narrated by Carolyn McCormick
Catching Fire – by Suzanne Collins - Narrated by Carolyn McCormick
Coraline – by Neil Gaiman – Narrated by the Author
Neverwhere – by Neil Gaiman – Narrated by the Author
I LOVE the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple murder mysteries by Agatha Christie