I first became aware of the music of Dean Brantley Taylor when I was writing a blog called Chronically Inspired, on using the arts to rise above chronic health conditions. He contacted me about his songwriting, which he carried on in spite of his health concerns — he’s the only musician I know who’s written songs about Chronic Fatigue. Later he sent me links to work he was doing with his band Mad July.
|Marc Blackwell, Dean B Taylor and Juliet Lyon|
In December, he told me about a video project and asked if I’d like to do some illustrations for one of the songs on Mad July’s new CD Riding Gravity. It’s a wonderful collection of music, with a gutsy sound and captivating lyrics. I liked the rocking sound of Never Going Back to the Gravity and I loved the lyrics which Juliet Lyons delivers beautifully.
Gravity and I have always had a contentious relationship, which I curse regularly from whatever patch of ground I happen to fall on. I am also a daydreamer, and am often on flights of fancy that aren’t earthbound. Flying through to new worlds and horizons captivated me.
I did a series of watercolors in a 6.5″ X 11″ size to fit the video format. It took me about 3 months to complete — I was working on other jobs and I’m slow. Dean was incredibly patient and he put together a smashing video that has now debuted. You can see it on YouTube:
I love how he animated things but the paintings themselves are given lots of time for their moment in the spotlight.
Remaining paintings from the video are now for sale at my etsy shop, if you’re interested. You can also contact me directly at joyzmailbox at gmail.com
Thanks for stopping by and keep flying!
I’m linking this post to my friends at Paint Party Friday where there’s always lots of links for art.
And thanks to my friends and neighbors at Bridge Meadows who provide me with inspiration and internet.