The music I’ve used is my favorite song of all time, “Wisteria.” I could get married, buried, and everything in between to that song. It’s also from “The Garden” by Michael Nesmith. (Yeah, he used to be a Monkee.) It features some goose-bump inducing guitar work by John Jorgenson.
I wanted to demonstrate that there’s no right or wrong way to do this challenge, so I did a 180 degree turn from the water lilies and painted what I call a rhythmic abstraction. This is where I put the music on repeat, and let my brush flow with the sounds. It’s almost like tracing the blade of a figure skating dancing to the song. Wisteria is about a journey up a mountain on a path filled with imagined perils. Jason’s emotions range from confusion and fear to eventual enlightenment. So I chose dark colors for the scary part, and light for the… well… enlightenment. The most literal thing I did was trace a path to the top inspired by the guitar. All those little squiggles were done in time to the music. It’s not great art, but it sure was fun!
“Wisteria” by Lesley Spanos. Acrylic painting on Arches CP watercolor paper, 15″ x 22″. Copyright ©2011 Lesley Spanos, all rights reserved.