Let’s Get Physical :: A Little Less Conversation and a Little More Action


Right…so, in a further attempt to “shake it up” in the studio, get loose and unwind, I spent some time creating a wicked playlist of boogie music. I’m a firm believer that painting with all your body, heart and soul is the best way to get those emotions down in paint. Lots of the time, I choose more classical pieces, but from time to time, I really need to get moving.

My husband and kids thought I’d gone crazy when I stopped the classical and opera music and started blasting out “Brick House”, “Sympathy For The Devil”, “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing” and “Polk Salad Annie”. I’m sure the neighbours think something very strange is going on, as I keep the doors and windows to the studio open all the time and this music up loud. He he he…

Chaka Khan….We feel for you!

However…I must say, the mood in the household has picked up and everyone is going around doing “the bump” and dancing through the day. (Kevin is even cleaning out the garage.) Grace was even singing “Chaka Khan….I feel for you…..” all over the house. Ah…she’s her mother’s daughter, after all.

Well, I have to say it’s really “moving me” in more than one way. I’m finding myself dancing to the music and the works and they’re coming a lot easier.

Kinetically speaking, shaking your booty while you’re working is good not just for the figure…but for the figurative! It seems to move the work along quicker, make the brushstrokes a lot more emotive and physical. Using a large brush can help that loosey-goosey approach too. I’m finding I’m looking for the biggest brushes I can get at my hardware store.

Here’s part of the eclectic “shake it up” playlist. Maybe it will help you too!

Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White
A Little Les Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix) – Elvis Presley
Breakdown – Tantric
Lizobuya – Mbongeni Ngema
Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow – Khanyo Maphumulo
Southland Concerto – Hans Zimmer
I Have The Touch – Peter Gabriel
Sita Al Sobh – Hussain All Jassmi
The Isreaelites – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
In The Summertime – Shaggy
Turn The Page – Bob Seger
Get Down Tonight – KC and the Sunshine Band
Soul Man – Blues Brothers
Candy Shop – 50 Cent & Olivia
Getting’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
Love Shak – The B-52’s
Sixty Minute Man – The Dominoes
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
Vivrant Ting – Q-Tip
Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
Car Wash (Shark Tale Mix) – Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliot
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
I am A Man of Constant Sorrow – The Soggy Bottom Boys
Shotgun – Junior Walker & The All Stars
Brick House – The Commodores
The Name Game – SHirley Ellis
Beautiful Day – U2
Sacred Love – Sting
Desert Rose – Sting
Joke Thing – Snow
The Glamourous Life – Shiela E
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira and Wyclef Jean
Sympathy for the Devil (Neptunes Remix) – The Rolling Stones
Night Time Is The Right Time – Ray Charles
Powerless – Nelly Furtado
Caligula – Macy Gray
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynryd Skynyrd
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
Can’t Stop – Jack Soul
Use Me – Hootie & The Blowfish
Coconut – Harry Nilsson
Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
Brushes (Never going Back Again) – Fleetwood Mac
Missionary Man – Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart
State of Independence – Donna Summer
Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing – Chris Isaak
I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
Kiss – Art of Noise & Tom Jones

 Get down tonight!

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