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March 22, 2011

Please, come in.

By phil — Filed under: Blog

Making an album is hard work, and it takes its toll both mentally and physically. The weird sleep schedule and bizarre alternate reality of living in a demanding creative space gives me little time or energy to find ways to vent or relax. You would think that the way to vacate from the creative world would be with some healthy vegging out or finding that Buddist sense of “nothingness,” and I’m sure it is, but if I’m not being productive (even in my off-hours) it just feels like I’m treading water.

So for me, the best way to recuperate from creativity is creativity. A different form of art can offer refuge from the other. And there are so many forms… I take refuge in painting. I’m not a painter by trade, nor would I ever claim to be, but I feel a sense of honesty and release in this specific art form that I can’t find in anything else. I have no technique and rarely have a thought-out plan, but I improvise along the way… finding ways to compliment lucky mistakes or moving towards a central theme as it forms over the course of the process.

So before I head back into the lab, I wanted to share my painting with you, “Please, come in.”

12 Comments »

  1. Bree said:

    this is wonderful true beauty

    Added on March 22, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

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  2. jan b. said:

    Does this have a name, and please don’t call it Red & Blue #5. Actually, never mind – titles can often be really stupid. Just keep those creative juices flowing.

    Added on March 22, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

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  3. phil said:

    Sorry, I wasn’t very clear about that haha. The painting is called “Please, come in.”

    Added on March 23, 2011 @ 12:32 am

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  4. Chris said:

    Love it, Phil. What is the medium?

    Added on March 23, 2011 @ 8:32 am

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  5. phil said:

    Glad you like it! Acrylic on cardboard.

    Added on March 23, 2011 @ 11:16 am

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  6. Scott Free said:

    Hey Phil, That is a wonderful piece of work that you have created. I am sure the music will be as well, and it does not surprise me that you have this ability in other areas. I hear your observation about finding respite in another medium . Keep it up. I look forward to listening and looking at your work in the future. Best regards, Scott

    Added on March 23, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

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  7. Bradley Stafford said:

    I’ve got to say I enjoy other forms of creativity to stave off the overwhelming nature of the current creative project. When I feel overwhelmed by my album-a-year project I just make a different kind of music. Traveling from acoustic alternative to comedic death metal with a few buddies is just so much ridiculous fun.

    I respect your escape in painting. without some form of escape I think we all find ourselves treading water.

    KEEP TRUCKIN’, PHIL.

    Ps. I accidentally discovered the intro/verse riff to ‘Stay’. and that made my week.

    Added on March 23, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

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  8. HP said:

    Looking good, man. Has a flagellation look to it. Sometimes the best way to inspire creativity is to stop your current project and dabble in something else for a bit. Always helps me!

    Added on March 24, 2011 @ 10:17 am

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  9. phil said:

    Thanks Scott! So great to hear from you! I will definitely keep you updated with Shaimus stuff. Album #3 to be recorded @ the end of May.

    Added on March 24, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

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  10. Shean said:

    Can’t wait for the new album! Cool painting too. Keep it coming Phil and Co.

    Added on March 24, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

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  11. Naseem said:

    I cant wait for the next cd

    Added on April 10, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

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  12. Margaret Kelley said:

    Hey Phil…love the painting. Poppa would be proud of your artistic talent if he were here to see it! Take care..Aunt Peggy

    Added on May 13, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

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