This week I did some research on Georgia O'Keeffe for an outreach art project for seniors with memory loss. The simplicity of O'Keeffe's work was what I needed to engage and encourage the wonderful residents of Sunrise Memory Care.
In my search for this project, I came across a beautiful O'Keeffe oil painting "Blue and Green Music," which is the answer to the question above. It was created during a period of time when she was influenced by the Russian Expressionist painter, Vasily Kandinsky. O'Keeffe used rhythm, form, and color to capture music in a visual way. Read more at:
I decided to create a sketch using that same idea, but instead of blues and greens, I chose magenta and violet as my base colors. My musical choice was the raw contemporary/rock style music of Needtobreathe.
I recommend this exercise for anyone who wants to experience the therapeutic benefits of drawing/painting with color to music. The outcome of a sketch is less important than the process. The unique marks that you make with your pencils, paint, or other media are practice in developing your personal style.
Check back next week for more sketchbook ideas.