This week's blog post is written by Co-op member and painter John Stephenson.
I have found that music is often an experience that adds excitement and helps form ideas to some of the images I create as a painter. This is rather mysterious and hard to pin down in many ways; but it makes sense to me as someone who greatly appreciates and is moved by many forms of music. The emotional intensity and excitement that music brings often helps me break out of the “static cling” periods when I get too caught up in overcautious or too detail-oriented painting - or when I am tempted to depend on some form of copying what I see and lose the imaginative aspect of image making.
Stop by Artistic Portland any day of the week 10 am - 6 pm (noon-5 pm on Sundays) to see and purchase John's work in person.