Art & Music Working Together

Finding work is tough these days…especially for us artsy types!  So, as a full time visual artist I’ve learned that you have to be creative not only in your work but in LOOKING for work!  You need to expand your ideas of how your services can be utilized in ways you might not have thought of before.  That’s why years ago I started designing my own lines of greeting cards and t-shirts as well as designing them for companies and individuals.  This lead me to finding other alternative ways my art skills could be useful to new clients.  I also design logos and marketing materials  which lead to working with some musicians.

I first did a big art/music CD/DVD project with musician Mark Sheppard from the UK and we produced a successful CD that features two different slide shows of my paintings and photography accompanied by original music composed by Mark.  For a preview of this (& they are available to order for $15 each + s/h…Paypal accepted!) go to:

We wanted a product that was both visual and musical, artsy and technological.  We’ve since sold many copies in the US & UK which lead to another similar project when NJ musician Mark Bodino purchased a CD at one of my art shows…he liked the work so much he has since hired me to design all his new CD covers as well as supplying the artwork and design for his newest video from his band Broken Darling for their song “The Love You Bring”.  All of the nature and cemetery statue photographs are my work and I also designed the title and closing pages.  Then, via email as we had worked together on our own project, Mark Sheppard organized all the images and produced the video with all the effects.    Here’s the final result:

A few years ago I would never have thought that doing photography and graphic design work would lead to two video/music/art collaboration projects that involved working with someone across the pond but these experiences have been so much fun, educational and provide income!  And I have to say the two Marks are fantastic to work with, which is rare when it comes to multiple artists trying to work together on one project…I mean we do tend to be emotional, sensitive and opinionated!  LOL.

I hope you enjoy these collaborations and that if you’re looking for someone to work with on a similar project you’ll consider hiring me…or that this inspires your own creativity!

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Broken Darling; The music of Mark Bodino

Happy (almost) Halloween everyone! This new guest blog isn’t related to this spooky holiday but it is my favorite so just wanted to start off with that.  Anyway, as many of you know, aside from painting and photography I also do freelance design and illustration work for clients across the US (& in the UK) and have recently completed 2 CD covers for my client & friend, Mark Bodino.  He’s an amazing musician and excellent guitar player so I invited him to tell us a bit about his latest project, Broken Darling.  Below is a bit about this as well as his bio.  You can find out more about his music and order it via:

Broken Darling consists of 2 guitars, a male and female vocalist, bass, drums and organ. The band’s musical vocal versatility gives them a broad range of styles from folk rock to hard rock to ballads. From track to track the instrumentation is searing, light and expressive, tasteful and melodic. The best description their overall sound may be a melding of the past – David Gilmore, Neil Young, Chris Isaak and Bob Dylan – with the added “pop texture” of the present. “We try to bring the listener to another place, as if leading them down a dark corridor or toward something typically peripheral or unveiled”. Whether fragmented or continuous, lyrics are full of imagery and color, influencing the listener beyond the medium of just sound. Performances have been well received in a variety of settings.

BIO: Mark Bodino began playing guitar at age 13 and piano at age 18. He also noticed he enjoyed the expressiveness of singing at age 18. Since that time he has described his love for music as an obsession. His performances have been well received in a variety of settings; ranging from pubs, bookstores, and coffee houses throughout Manhattan, New Jersey, and recently Philadelphia; to more formal settings like weddings and receptions for opening art exhibits. Mark is able to perform as solo artist or as a group. Mark has also completed a CD including all solo classical guitar works, arranging most of the pieces. Mark has appeared on Channel 12’s “Jersey Talking” as well as WOR’s nationally syndicated Joey Reynold’s Show. His music has also been featured on Billy Zero’s “Artist to Watch” internet program, syndicated through Washington DC.

artwork (c)Lauren Curtis