I have to admit that 2016 was a slow year for creating art; usually July and August are my most productive months given that I'm a teacher and for 10 months every year my job hijacks my life. However, last year we decided to do a kitchen reno ourselves, and my summer was spent painting cupboards, laying tile, and various and sundry other home improvement related tasks. Up side: I can tile a pretty awesome back splash; downside: no time for art.
There was one notable art-related event last year. In June 2016, I went to see the Pack A.D. play The Red Dog in Peterborough. They played a few songs from a yet-to-be-released album, and about half way through one of them, I realized that I could see it quite clearly. I went home and immediately produced a sketch...
... and then I decided to give it to the band. As an artist, there is nothing like feeling inspired and truly, their music has inspired me to create some of my best work, with an element of surrealism that has never before appeared in my art. While I hope I was able to convey a modicum of my appreciation to Becky and Maya, I'm certain I didn't. Of course they were very sweet and gracious and seemed genuine in their curiosity/appreciation, but looking back, I can't help but wonder if doing this was weird? Awkward? The artistic equivalent of stalking? Maybe one day I'll find the words to be able to properly convey my thanks.
In August 2016 I found out the song was called Yes I Know and its the second track on Positive Thinking. I was in a hotel in Calgary when the album appeared in iTunes, and I was afraid that I would instantly question the painting. Thankfully, it was only relief I felt when I heard the recorded version, because I instantly knew I wouldn't change a thing.
I was planning to do a 36'x 34' canvas of this, but I decided against it. Firstly, I don't think I could reproduce it accurately, and secondly, I like the idea of the inspiration for the painting being in possession of the only original.
So there's another new album that was released just a few days ago and I've been fortunate enough to hear most of the songs live, three times. I can already see one of them.