How to visualise music with Anthony P. Cerretani

How to visualise music with Anthony P. Cerretani

Posted by Cass Art on 25th Jan 2021

Art and music have always had an intertwined relationship and have influenced each other from eh the late 19th century to the present day in may different forms.

At the turn of the new century, Picasso and Cocteau helped out with the ballets of Dagliev by creating costumes and sets and also helped express the "modern" music of operas. In the 1960s artists and musicians teamed up with dancers and theatre folk to create happenings. John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham and many others combined art-making and music making. Kandinsky was extremely interested in the relationship between visual art and music- even naming his paintings with musical terms.

The environment we experience influences our creative process. When we experience variations in lighting, colours on the walls, different smells, and different types of sounds, they evoke different feelings within us and in turn these sensory experiences invade our creative process. The sensory effects of music affects our painting process and in this video Anthony  P Cerretani takes us through a step by step guide on how to let your musical environment affect your painting process. Enjoy

Step 1:

Get your art materials ready and make yourself comfortable so you can let go, relax and completely free your mind.

Step 2:

Try adding some more unusual supplies such as cotton swabs, pipettes or straws to create different marks and act a little looser with less control thus letting the act of spontaneity take over.

Step 3:

Make sure you have enough paper and canvas, so you can move forward quickly and start all over again without disrupting the state of flow.

Step 4:

Choose your favourite musician or band, create on the spot and don't think too much. Just enjoy the moment and immerse yourself in the process.

Step 5:

Once you are finished, let your artwork dry and show us your results by tagging us or using the hastag #cassart

Materials used

In this video Anthony uses Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Artist Ink is an acrylic-based pigmented ink that is water-resistant on most surfaces. All colours have a three- or four-star rating for permanence, meaning that they can be used for permanent display. As well as using them in their raw state, you can dilute them to create subtle washes to which you can then add further layers. These are available in bottles of 29.5ml (with a dispensing lid) or 180ml (with easy pour application lid) and can be used with brushes, pens or airbrushes.


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