Stop Making Sense is my favorite Talking Heads album. I don’t say that lightly. I’m not one to ever pick my favorite anything when it comes to music, it’s usually impossible to do.
But this one made a big impact on me in 1984. I don’t think any of my friends liked the Talking Heads, but I didn’t care. I was immediately drawn to David Byrne, his style, his look, his genius. I was about 13 and in that transitional place in life, trying to figure out who I wanted to be. It turns out, I wanted to be as different from everyone else as possible!
Back to 2019. Things haven’t changed that much, I still love this album, not to mention the movie, and I finally fulfilled my life long dream to see David Byrne in person last year, he is still amazing!
He is also still a strong influence on me and my art, and whenever I need an attitude adjustment, I play my favorite song “This Must be the Place” it helps every time!
Anyway, back to the painting. I recently had a mini creative crisis where I couldn’t finish a painting. It was frustrating to say the least. I realize that I was over thinking what I “should” be painting. Of course I want to paint things that sell, and that is not always abstract art, in fact most of my sales have been my more figurative paintings.
I finally had to take a break from the studio for a few days. I asked myself why do I paint? The answer is simple, I NEED to paint every day. It’s like a force I don’t control, it must be released or I don’t know what will happen. When I tried to control the subject, trying to force an actual object on my canvas, just wasn’t working.
So, I let go. I stopped trying to make sense. And, I’m back!