This painting is part of a collaboration with Nebula Ensemble, an award winning experimental music group in Colorado. The ensemble director paired me with composer, classical guitarist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter Sarah Perske. We met over zoom and discussed the creative processes.
Sarah suggested that we might start the work together with a “sound sketch.” I created a rough beginning in pale blue. The watercolor art took shape in subsequent layers, responding to Sarah’s musical replies. We passed musical sketches and watercolor sketches over Dropbox folders, and I recorded each painting session as the art took shape.
Sarah’s work aims to expand the boundaries of music-making through the integration of performance art and cross-disciplinary collaboration. She recalls: “As I wrote the music, I tried to match my composing process to Jamie’s watercolor process: allowing “accidents” to re-shape the direction of the work, and using improvisation to generate much of the musical material. The end result is a work that comments on the nature of the creative process while inviting the audience to participate in that experience.”