The live painting movement invigorates Austin’s music scene
If you’ve stumbled into a show recently, there’s a slight chance you’ve passed by brushes, easels and canvas while making your way into the crowd. These tools belong not to lost artists but to those seeking to "create" under the influence of the energy and sound that can only be found at a live performance.
Fueled by an influx of artists from the West Coast and Boulder music scenes, live painting has become increasingly popular at electronic and indie music events alike. As the artists behind the canvas connect with those behind the instruments, music is memorialized on paper.
A live show naturally brings art-minded music-lovers in touch with artists, who then are able to give those potential customers a glimpse into the creative process and allow them to take something tangible away from the event. This symbiotic relationship between the two arts strengthens the creative community and allows for collaboration that might not normally exist.
"We love having live painting at shows because it gives the audience another medium to enjoy, which adds to the experience," says Jesse Brede of Gravitas Presents, an Austin-based recording and production company. Brede's company is one of many joining the trend of blending multiple arts together to "infuse the scene with any and all creative disciplines."
For those looking for an event at which to join the movement, check out Art Outside, an annual art and music festival that takes place about an hour outside of Austin at Apache Pass.
Tailor-made for the collaboration of different art forms, Art Outside features artistic and musical talent from all over the country in a melting pot of creativity and innovation. The festival is currently accepting applications for artists of all kinds to perform live.
One of the live-painters from last year’s festival, Fernando Palomo, was commissioned to create the main artwork for 2012's festival. Below is a video about his creative process.
You can buy early bird tickets for Art Outside here.