For some people, being creative comes naturally no matter where they are. Unfortunately, since that is so rare, the rest of us have to have some type of inspiration to get us through.
When it comes to doing something artistic, whether it be painting or writing (which is still artistic if you use the right words), I always have to listen to music to help me along with the process. This isn’t just listening to music in the background as the creative juices flow, but also listening to one song repeatedly to paint or write something based on it. I think the latter example makes finishing a project easier as well as making it a better piece of work.
If I happen to be painting something, I always listen to music that coincides with what I feel like doing. For example, if I want to paint something that has a bit of a colourful intent, I tend to put on something that makes me think of lots of colour, and a gentle tone to paint, such as songs from Labyrinth written by David Bowie. These works are some of the ones that I like looking at to calm me down to start writing, too. In these cases, I only listen to one song over and over so that I can get the feel of what the music looks like, in my mind, on paper and paint around that. If I wanted to paint a dark painting, I’d listen to metal music or a deep voiced rock artist, recent Dir en grey or industrial for example.
If it comes to wanting to write something, I don’t listen to just one song, but a full album based around the theme of what I want to write about. For example, while I am working on a novel idea, I will listen to music that goes with the scene. This includes listening to deep screaming rock music while writing a club or murder scene in a chapter. On the other end, I like to listen to female singers when I’m writing anything that revolves around some sort of love. For everything else, I tend to listen to melodic songs in both English and Japanese. It helps me imagine the scenes and detail them easily.
In my own opinion, I think that listening to music is a great way to draw inspiration for work, no matter if it’s painting, or other artistic activities. Also, music helps calm me down to actually focus on what I’m doing. There is nothing better than writing or painting with the music that inspires you in the background and getting work done.