Get Synesthetic!

Put on a disk of Miles Davis or Weather Report, sit on the floor with a large sketchbook & markers and start drawing! 

Immerse yourself in the abstract sounds of jazz. Feel the ups, downs and circular motions of the music. Notice the traveling quality of the beat. What color is the trumpet sound? Is the bass cool or warm? Is there a vertical or horizontal feeling to the sounds? Diagonal? Embrace the challenge of representing a temporal experience on a sheet of paper. Allow yourself to move with the music, simply respond, there is no right or wrong way to do this. 

Drawing to music can break up patterns of thought - what you think drawing or painting is all about. Its an opportunity to respond directly to experience - aural experience. Let's face it, most of us visual artists are busy responding visually to visual experiences, either by representing what we are looking at or creating something from the imagination. The synesthetic experience of

 

A couple of artists who worked to music:

Georgia O'Keeffe 

Wassily Kandinsky