In my studio I am not quiet. I know many artists like peace and quiet when they work but I like lively music. I often put on musicals and sing along. Hair, Into the Woods, The Phantom of the Opera or Oklahoma are good. If I don’t feel like listening to words, I will put on The Grand Canyon Suite or Opera (not in English). I find it helps me to distract the part of my brain that is non-visual with music. Some of my best works are done when I am teaching a class and telling them what I am doing while I do it. Again that part of my brain is distracted so the creative part can go ahead and do its own thing.
I have been drawing and painting and creating since I was 5. So that is a long, long time. Watercolor is my favorite but I paint in gouache, acrylic, and oils too. To me, painting isn’t about the media so much as it is about creating a good design that makes use of the elements and principles of design to express a unique point of view. That is the problem in this computer age. It sometimes seems like everything has been done before but I still strive to make my paintings a little different. –Ardella Swanberg