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The interchange of music and art

Last night I had the pleasure of painting in front of a large crowd at a fundraiser for my friend Don Scott's mayoralty campaign.  Next to me was another friend, Dan Gillies, playing guitar throughout the evening.  The combination of an energized crowd and Dan's music was a sweet elixir for putting painting on the canvas.

It is hard to describe, but when there are all these amazing things happening in a given space, my brain gets distracted just enough to allow things to flow in a way that is hard to replicate in the quiet studio.  Colours seem to mix in a more interesting way, brush stroke choices are made that work, and the piece magically comes together in just the right amount of time.

I'm grateful to Dan and his artistry.  This was the third time we've painted in the same space, although only the second time we were physically right next to one another.  The physical proximity enhances the interchange of music with the art.

The fundraising dinner event attracted …

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