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Sounds of the Earth – Earth Day 2019

Sounds of the Earth – Earth Day 2019

Today is Earth Day and I wanted to celebrate with some of my favourite sounds of the earth! We are so lucky to have a home as diverse and joyful as this gorgeous planet and Earth Day focuses on encouraging people to take action to protect the species of our planet and the ecosystems that support them and us.

People often assume my synesthesia is connected to music only, but I actually see colours for all sounds! From typing on my keyboard, to the sound of the ocean, every sound has a colour profile that is totally unique.

Sounds of the Earth – Earth Day 2019

Today is Earth Day and I wanted to celebrate with some of my favourite sounds of the earth! We are so lucky to have a home as diverse and joyful as this gorgeous planet and Earth Day focuses on encouraging people to take action to protect the species of our planet and the ecosystems that support them and us.

People often assume my synesthesia is connected to music only, but I actually see colours for all sounds! From typing on my keyboard, to the sound of the ocean, every sound has a colour profile that is totally unique.

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How do you know if you have synesthesia

Do you think you might have synesthesia? Read about my experience to learn more about the condition and whether you might have it to!

Synesthesia is the crossing of senses. What this means is that synesthetes have a sensory perception -sound, taste, smell, touch, sight – that is interpreted by the brain through an experience not usually associated with that specific sense. I see music as colour, in that when I hear a sound, a colour automatically and involuntarily appears in my mind, taking on a form that is always consistent.

I’m doing #The100DayProject – 100 synesthesia artworks in 100 days

This year marks the 6th annual #The100DayProject and now I’m fully committing!

I came across #The100DayProject a few years ago on Instagram and so admired the many creatives who took part. Their projects were varied – big, small, sketching, embroidery, poetry – but the thing that connected them was the journey that these creators had committed to.

I’ll be painting 100 songs in 100 days from The Rolling Stones’ ‘100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far’.

New to the archive – March 2019

It’s been a quiet month in the studio and I’ve taken advantage of that downtime by giving my Etsy and online shop a major overhaul! You’ll notice that you can now purchase abstract styles across the shop, as well as having the option to upgrade your certificate of authenticity to a full synesthesia description.

You’ve been asking for abstract styles for a while and I’m so glad that these are now easier to purchase, and profiled front and center in the shop!

New to the archive – February 2019

It’s been a wonderful month full of colour and beautiful winter sunshine brightening up the studio. This month I’ve been blown away by the love you’ve shown for my new regular blogs. I appreciate ever read, favourite, comment or share so thank you so much for making it so easy to put myself out there each week. The blogs this month focused on the process of creating synesthesia art meaning there’s now an in-depth look at each step of the process; sketching, painting and creating the certificate of authenticity!

61st Grammy Awards – Record of the Year nominations seen in colour

The Grammy awards are full of colour – elaborate gowns, stage lights and costumes. But did you know the music has colours too? As a synesthete, I experience sound as colour and every song is a unique combination of colours and textures.

Those nominated for a Grammy are no different and are filled with some of the most beautiful colours. I listened to each song and painted the colours that stood out to me the most. Each song, of course, has a huge variety of colours but with these paintings, I wanted to capture a visual snapshot.

New to the archive – January 2019

It was a lovely start to the year here in the studio. This month was characterised by new beginnings and I’ve jumped headfirst into some big goals from 2019.

Every Monday a new article arrived on the blog as well as new additions to the archive each week. Some highlights in the studio this month were the reintroduction of abstract styles to the shop, and some fun sessions painting large scale pieces for collectors.

The emotive art of synesthesia painting

Living with synesthesia gives me a unique way of seeing the world. Everything is a little more colourful, but also a little more stimulating. Instead of just having one sensation, I am gifted with many.

When I hear a sound I experience both the hearing of it, but also the seeing and feeling. I see the colours that the sound creates in the air around me, and I feel the textures of it within my body. The heaviness or lightness of the beat in my chest and arms can feel like a mysterious force out of my control.

Most popular songs of 2018 – Year In Review

Another year has flown past in the studio and it’s been such a joy to paint for so many new and returning collectors. It was a year of great changes to my little studio – it marked the first year working full-time on my art and I celebrated passing 700 sales on Etsy with a glass of bubbly. I opened a new online shop here at synesthesia.art and travelled the world with my studio in tow. We settled into life here in York and were lucky enough to travel home to Australia for our wedding in October. On paper, it sounds like a winner of a year…

But the reality is that 2018 was also a tough one.

Synesthesia and the colour of murder

Last month I was excited to be invited to participate in a podcast celebrating the release of the talented Sarah J. Harris’ debut novel The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder. And a pretty spectacular debut it’s been with critical and popular acclaim in no short supply! Sarah’s book traces the story of a young boy who has synesthesia and face blindness, and whose experience of sound and colour unravels the events behind a shocking murder.

I travelled down to London from York and met Sarah in Covent Gardens to give her the full experience of synesthesia in such an iconic place.

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