12/07/2005: "Painting Requires BRAAAAAAAINS"
From a recent email: “I’m curious and maybe it’s none of my business but what kind of music do you generally listen to while you’re painting? I imagine it’s something beautiful like Mozart or Ella Fitzgerald.”
Well, I’d like to say that I listen to classical music or jazz while I paint but the truth is…I watch/listen to zombie movies. Some of my favorites to paint to are:
28 Days Later, Night of the Comet, Resident Evil (and RE Apocalypse in a pinch), Dead Alive, Evil Dead, Shuan of the Dead, and Dawn of the Dead (the remake that takes place in the Crossroads Mall). I know, I know, the George A. Romero zombie films are classics so when the Land of the Dead comes out on HBO I’ll be sure to add it to my repertoire.
I don’t know why I love watching these films over and over and over again but I find them comforting. I also love vampire movies…Blade being my favorite but I’ve watched Queen of the Damned more times (they play one of my favorite songs “Get Down with the Sickness” in both Queen of the Damned and (2 versions) in the Dawn of the Dead (remake).
Hey folks, those who haven’t already lost *all* respect for me, it’s not really about how “good” a movie is. It’s something else, I especially love the part where mayhem initially ensues (snippets of TV broadcasts forecasting doom in the background while unsuspecting people go about their lives). Really… any apocalypse movie will do but zombies hold a special piece of my heart.