Music & art & such

This afternoon I was listening to the radio in the car to Eleanor Wachtel, arts journalist and host of Writers & Company, talk to international pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.  He said many interesting things about music, creativity, life. When asked why he did both conducting and performing, he said “because I can.”

He also talked for a fair bit about that first moment of coming to a piece of music, the emotion and excitement. Then begins the more intellectual task of studying the music, understanding how it came to be. And then, in able to perform the music, coming again to feel that first impulse.

I thought about painting:  that first impulse, what makes a painting exciting.  How easy it is to lose that feeling, to lose the excitement, overwork the painting.  Then again, the excitement of bringing it back to the feeling of that first impulse.  I suppose it is similar in all the arts (and in many aspects of life, in relationships, in other kinds of work), but in painting, in visual arts, there is always the product that looks back, physically, at you.  With what often seems like a mind of its own.  Understanding that is the work–and pleasure–of the experience.

About leyaevelyn

About thirty years ago, I moved from New York City to rural Nova Scotia. For an artist, it is a good place to live. Spacious and quiet. Despite the beautiful scenery and frequently grey skies, my abstract paintings focus on color, its expressive qualities and how it creates form and space.
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2 Responses to Music & art & such

  1. DJ says:

    Well said ~
    Certainly, sometimes creating leads you into other exciting discoveries, it’s true. And very pleasing in itself.
    But when you can bring into existence the product whose characteristics excited you in those first inspirational moments of an idea’s birth, it is a feeling of elated cloud-walking…

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