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Music For The Art Of Creating

Updated on November 16, 2014

The Music That I Listen To While Creating Art

As a painter I understand the importance of creating a space specifically to facilitate the creative process. You need an area that is well lit, climate controlled, filled with all your favorite artsy stuffs and when you are finished, you can leave your art and materials set out so they are ready to go just as soon as you are.

Music for me is as much an integral pert of my creative space as all the rest. It helps set the mood and quiet the mind. It helps to calm and focus me and sometimes it helps me to tap into the creative force that drives us all to create. Since this is an important function for any artist, I thought I'd dedicate a lens to the music that does this best for me.

"Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story." -HOMER What all of these cd's have in common is that they are primarily musical with very little in the way of a story. Even the artists such as Enya who are all vocals, have such an ethereal quality that my mind is not following the tune or the words but just letting it become a relaxing background.The spiritual substance on which I can create.

All of the musical artists and cd's listed on this lens are actually part of my music library that I listen to when I'm painting.

CD Cover for Robert Vavra's Horses of the Wind cd.
CD Cover for Robert Vavra's Horses of the Wind cd.

Robert Vavra's Horses Of The Wind

This is my usual for whenever working on horse paintings. The cd is a musical celebration of horse where the actual voices of stallions, mares and foals are included into the soundtrack.

Track 3 From Robert Vavra's Horses Of The WInd

Invoking The Muse by Layne Redmond

Yeah, this one seems like the obvious choice for music to create by. Greek inspired, Layne Redmond created this collection of hymns in tribute to the nine Muses. It is absolutely lovely.

Enya - Paint The Sky With Stars: The best of Enya

I have many Enya cd's. Her ethereal voice and music is so soft and lovely. I tend to just stick in a cd and have it run on a continuous loop while working on a painting.

Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya
Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya

Enya according to Wikipedia (more ...)

Enya born... May 1961, is an Irish singer, instrumentalist and composer. The media sometimes refer to her by the Anglicized name, Enya Brennan; Enya is an approximate transliteration of how Eithne is pronounced in the Donegal dialect of the Irish language, her native tongue.


Enya Video For Orinoco Flow


I actually first heard Niyaz playing in a store in a mall. The haunting lyrics grabbed my attention and I asked the the clerk about the music and then promptly bought it. This is one of my favorites by far.


NIYAZ according to wikipedia (more...)

Niyaz is an Iranian musical trio. The group was created in 2005 by ... Carmen Rizzo... Niyaz in both Persian and Urdu language means "yearning".

Niyaz's music, described as "mystical music with a modern edge" is primarily a blend of Sufi mysticism and trance electronica. Niyaz adapts Persian, Indian and Mediterranean folk sounds, poetry and songs including the poetry of Sufi mystic Rumi, with Western electronic instrumentation and programming.


Listen To Track From The NIYAZ cd.

Yo-Yo Ma

I love his deep soulful sound. In regards to painting with it he occasionally does some very dramatic music which can pull me out of my trance like state when painting. But sometimes that's okay too.

Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato
Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8: I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato

Yo-Yo Ma according to wikipedia (more...)

Yo-Yo Ma ... born October 7, 1955 is an American cellist, virtuoso, orchestral composer and winner of multiple Grammy Awards. He is one of the most famous cellists of the modern age.


Yo-Yo Ma Plays the prelude to Bach's Cello Suite No. 1

Trance: Authentic Trance Music From Sacred Traditions

This is a box set of various musical traditions. It includes Sufi dervish, Tibetan chant and Indian dhrupad. As well as Moraccan, Balinese, and zen. This is kind of a nice world view on hypnotic and trance musical meditations.

The Mists Of Avalon Soundtrack - A Beautiful And Haunting Soundtrack.

When I watched the mini-series The Mists Of Avalon there were several instances where the music just gave me chills. A sure sign that it speaks to the soul. SO I promptly went out and bought the soundtrack. This is also one the I play a lot of when I'm painting.

Listen To A Track From The Mists Of Avalon - The Mystic's Dream by Loreena McKennitt

music collection by which to paint by
music collection by which to paint by
Mona demonstrating at a gallery open house
Mona demonstrating at a gallery open house


My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I have been in the art and framing industry for over 20 years. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves

I maintain a blog called Fur In The Paint, as well as write a regular column for Apples 'N Oats (an equestrian magazine) about painting horses.

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

I'd Love To Hear From You - What's your favorite musical artist to create with?

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for liking my Lavarne Ross lens, nice lady! Mam, you have good taste in music! I will pin this lens to my Pinterest board for Movies and Music.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks Pal!

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      7 years ago

      I would like to thank you for stopping by when I just started at Squidoo, it helped me and encouraged me.a lot. A big Thanksgiving thank you from Peter

      Yo-Yo Ma is wonderful, I love the cello suites.

      great lens.

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      Julia Morais 

      7 years ago

      Love this lens. The music is great and inspiring. Thank you.

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      Wendy Gillissen 

      7 years ago

      Lovely lens! I use music to inspire me too while I step into my stories... Loreena McKennitt is one of my favourites. I have played The mummer's Dance over and over because it is such a good match to the mood of my books... Nice to see someone who loves Niyaz's haunting music too!

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      7 years ago

      We all need a place to create. An open space to ease our soul.

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      I have quite a collection of world music and ambient music, I will try this out tonight since I am intending to do some painting. One question, does the choice of music really affect the outcome on your canvas? Or is it just a case of reaxing and letting the left gbrain take over?

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      7 years ago

      I don't create art while in a trance, but I know that's ok. Your taste in music is eclectic,and I really like this lens. See you around the galaxy...

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      7 years ago

      Oh, this is so great. I love all of this music. Baroque music ala Yo Yo Ma is supposed to be very good for tapping into intuition. I will feature this lens on my nine muses page and consider it blessed.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Some beautiful recommendations here -- and some new ones for me to discover. I love instrumental tracks for when I'm feeling creative, especially when I'm writing. Words can be distracting and can steer me in the wrong direction when I want to use my own imagination, though of course I love songs with words the rest of the time!

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      8 years ago

      I couldn't agree more that music is indeed important and I enjoy listening when I'm creating in Photoshop. Being an old musician, I have no particular favorites and listen to a wide range of genres depending on the mood I'm in! :)

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      Sensitive Fern 

      8 years ago

      I love Enya and Loreena McKennitt. My music choices shift around. Right now I'm in a trance chillout music phase. Thank god for Pandora!

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      8 years ago from Australia

      You understand so well that artists need a space specifically to spur our creative processes. I have one such space of my own and, although music has never been part of it, I heed your advice and will look into adding music to my writer's den.

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      8 years ago

      I just listened to the video "Yo-Yo Ma Plays the prelude to Bach's Cello Suite" here on this lens. Beautiful. You have a lovely music selection here!


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