Don't get me wrong, I like music. I love music. My radio is ALWAYS on when I'm driving. I'm ALWAYS singing in the shower. Sometimes I can even be caught jumping around and shaking my head like crazy in the middle of my kids' playroom, if a really good song is playing. ;-)
But for work, no. Mind you, I was (am?) a graphic and web designer, and depending on the kind of job you're doing - coding, for instance - you have to really concentrate. A missing quotation mark can really mess up your code.
Ever since I started painting, though, it's been different. I have almost the opposite feeling. Well, no. I think maybe it's the same feeling - music can be distracting - except now distracting is GOOD! When I'm listening to music (and therefore singing, cause I'm always singing), I pay less attention to what I'm doing, which means I don't censor myself as much, which means I'm freer to do whatever I feel like, to make mistakes, to let go.
Especially in the beginning stages, when I'm just layering colors, this is a great thing!
I am almost (keyword: almost) totally in the moment and not thinking 1 or 2 steps ahead. That's my goal, to really be in the present and enjoy every step of the process without thinking about what I'm gonna do next. And the music helps me do that.
Not only music, though. I have a computer in my studio, and sometimes I'm painting while watching a movie on Netflix instant streaming! While you're concentrated on the dialogues, you use more of your instincts on the painting, you think less. I find it very liberating.
The painting below is in its first stages. I was working on that while listening to a Kelly Rae Roberts video this afternoon. And I'm quite happy with how it looks so far!
And on a completely unrelated matter (well, it's related to art), here's my new easel:
I think I'm in love!!! <3