Monday, March 28, 2016

3 reasons why music is the ultimate escape

musical art | violin art |
I paint a lot of musicians, musical instruments and include piano music in my art. As a result,  I am always getting asked if I am a musician also. The truth is that although my childhood piano sits in my home and my kids both know how to play multiple instruments, I am not a musician. The music I make is on the canvas. My quick answer is to those asking is that because my kids are both musical, music plays an important part in my family life.  The longer answer is that music is the ultimate escape... and here's why.

3 reasons why music is the ultimate escape

1. Music links us to the past

Music transports us through space and time. No matter where you are, if you hear a song on the radio you can instantly be transported to the time you first heard the song, or when the song was popular in your child. 

For example, the minute I hear Journey's Open Arms a flood of middle school memories comes back to me. I am slow dancing in the school cafeteria, weeping over unrequited love in my bedroom or swaying back and forth at my first rock concert in the Meadowlands.

2. Music connects you to your emotions

If you are not sure how you feel, you can connect with that through music. We instinctively put on music that expresses how we feel reaching for perky songs when happy or dialing the radio in another direction when feeling melancholy.

3. Music comforts

Music has the power to lift us out of current emotions and put us on a good feeling frequency and positive vibration. Is it any wonder that I love to paint to music and paint the figures who make music come to life?

musical art | violin art |
In this violin painting, I combined mixed media collage with images of Hillary Hahn playing with an orchestra. Look carefully to find the ghost like images of three other musicians. This art is more about the cacophony of music played in an orchestra than it is about the single notes of one musician.
This art comes with a 14x18" black floater frame. The black frame shows off the art so you can see the sides of the canvas and adds to the drama. This way, the art comes to you framed and ready to hang on your wall.
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In Case We Haven't Met Yet...

Art Journaling Inspirations →! I'm Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives.

My art has been published by Somerset Studio, Art of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I'm not working on art in my studio, you'll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at or join the fun at

Now I want to hear from you! Why do you listen to music?