Blog | Synesthesia
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!
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!read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift is an icon of current pop culture. Her music is the soundtrack to major events, the media we consume and importantly, to meaningful memories for millions of people. Memories of dancing and singing with friends, of feeling love struck and heartbroken.
It’s not a surprise that the colours and sounds of Swift’s singles have changed over the last decade. She’s moved from chart topping country music to chart topping pop and while her voice remains a point of reference across the music, the way she uses it, and the production she builds her songs with, has changed significantly.
I was perplexed, if so few people shared this experience then why were the blues called the blues? How could this never come up? Is this real or am I imagining it?
Let's stay connected
Subscribe to find out more about synesthesia art,
exclusive sale offers, discounts and my studio practice.
To say welcome to the gang you’ll receive
your code for 10% off straight to your inbox.