While painting in the mornings I typically listen to quieter music. I am a big fan of Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ 9.99 per month you get an endless assortment of radio stations but you also have access to other subscribers playlists and the whole repertoire of a recording artist. so I will listen to classical music, smooth jazz or piano.
Also in the mornings I sometimes want some company in the studio so I look to Terry Gross for Fresh Air http://www.npr.org Interviews that I might like to listen to also Diane Rehm, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Prairie Home Companion.
I also like to listen to Artist Helping Artists Blog Talk Radio particularly the interviews with other artists http://www.artistshelpingartists.net. Leslie Saeta is a wonderful upbeat host. She has so many ideas to help artists market and sell their art. Listening to one of her shows a nice shot in the arm!
In addition I belong to the Silver level of Alyson Stanfield’s Art Biz Coach, http://www.artbizcoach.com/silver/ I have access to all of the recordings from coaching calls to special topics calls. You can count on helpful, inspiring information. Listening will often give me new ideas and get me excited about a new project, here again I get to feel apart of a vast community of artists even though it is just me alone in the studio.
A new podcast that is just starting is one by Edward Minoff and Tony Curanaj called Suggested Donation http://www.suggesteddonationpodcast.com/blog. I have long been a huge fan of Minoff’s beautiful drawings and paintings. So fortunate to be friends with him on FB so I get the pleasure of seeing his work on a regular basis. An amazing talent.
In the afternoon it is loud and thumping in the studio as loud as my equipment will go sometimes Spotify , their Reggae and Soul radio stations, sometimes selecting their top 100 here and or in the UK. Hearing new music in the sense of an artist putting together sound in a different way is a kick. Check out Galatic …… My iTunes is crammed with a huge variety of artists and styles and artist that I love, Van Morrison in particular.
The mood created in the afternoon is actually pretty aggressive a driving beat that energies me and excites me to keep the brush moving. Honestly it is just plain fun to have this sense of freedom up cranking the music up really loud to listen to anything I want and dance around the studio like a maniac.. the paradox is that I paint serene calming landscape paintings.. well I have no other explanation for it other than I love music and it has an enormous influence on my work my attitude and my movements.It allows me to look forward to my afternoon work sessions because I have a treat in store for myself.