What do artists listen to while working? And how does it impact their art?
Hey GUT! I loved seeing everyone’s light/shadow drawings. I know I dragged everyone through technical art school with that one, sorry (not sorry.) Hopefully it helped you see more that you’d previously seen, and gave you (and me) a good foundation moving forward. And don’t worry, I promise this week is a lot more chill and fun.
And! Great to see a lot of you using the chat on the Substack app to share artwork. As with all new things, there is a learning curve and some hiccups - but bear with me and we sort it all out. I think it will be worth it to get the GUT off Instagram and into somewhere more private and dedicated and less overwhelming. Again, Android folks, it will be woking for you within a month or so, and I am pushing with all my might to put the chat in the desktop version as well. Until then I’ll continue posting on Instagram, too. Cool? Cool. If you use an iPhone and haven’t downloaded the app yet, joinnnn ussssss……
Onwards to a new adventure.
I used to think artists worked in total, absolute silence. Meanwhile, I shamefully played music or, gasp, even had a movie running in the background while I was painting. But years ago an old friend Geoff Oppenheimer - the only professional artist I knew at the time - told me that he had a TV in his studio. When Geoff was in production mode (aka the actual making of the work) the TV was on. Vindication.
Turns out most people listen to music, podcasts, books on tape, or have TV or a movie running in the background while they make visual work. And I’m curious about what artists listen to or watch in the background while they work, and how they think it influences them.
This week, we are trying an experiment.
I am going to share a little1 about two artists I love and their studio work-music listening habits. Then we’re going to listen to a song that they listen to while working while looking at some of the art they made. Then YOU are going to draw while you listen to their studio music, and we’ll see how music does/doesn’t inspire our drawing. Fun? Fun! Let’s do it. First up…
Painter Jenny Saville
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