Yesterday afternoon, I looked at my blog stats, and realized that a significant number of people were viewing one of my posts directly from their email inbox. I wasn’t sure why this was until I received a message from a Myspace friend. Turns out, my psychedelic blue beaded bus, The End, was featured on Interweave Press’ Beading Daily blog! Editor Michelle Mach wrote a post entitled “Music to Bead By”. Approx. 500 people who read the article clicked the link to see my finished blue British bus. I do believe that this is a record number of hits for me in one day!! If you missed this, click to the screen shot below to view the article, then think about how music inspires your creativity. 😀
You must know by now that everything I do/create is heavily inspired by music. I used to be a musician, and I studied it at a well-known jazz school here in Boston. I discovered that I enjoy listening to music much more than I enjoy playing it, so I studied recording while working in a theatre for a living. I also interned at a local radio station for a short time, because secretly, I’ve always wanted to be a radio disc jockey. But, time goes by and things change, and now here I am creating visual art! Who would have thought! 😀
All of those past experiences (as well as my love for classic MTV) play a major role in my art today. Sure, I love to listen to music while I’m beading, but I am also constantly searching for new songs, pop images, and subjects to mention in my blog posts – much the same way Andy Warhol collected magazine clippings of celebrities. But, the difference is, I don’t idolize rock stars and celebrities like Andy did. I merely look at them like regular people. Somehow I feel connected to them, and I like to visualize them in my pieces.
Last week, I discussed my blogging style with someone from a local art gallery. He commented that what I do is a very unique way of creating art. Instead of creating one piece, then showing it, I am showing many different ideas for one piece. And, it’s almost like my blog art and bead art are becoming one…I think this is true and I’m sure somehow, The End is only the beginning…