Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Art of FUNK


A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting an artist based out of Boston named Carol Barenberg, an extraordinary painter whose colorful and vibrant work has been featured in galleries all over the world. Several months ago she told me she wanted to start working on a new piece based around the music I make with my band, as she had come to several of my performances in the area and apparently liked what she heard.

As I sat and posed for her in her studio with my keyboard in front of me, we listened to a copy of my soon to be released single Friday Night for a dose of funky-inspiration. It was quite interesting to see and feel the effect that one of my compositions could have on a visual artist.

Miss Barenberg often makes time-lapsed videos of herself while she is working and later sets them to music and posts them on YouTube. I was really happy that not only did she want to feature me in one of her paintings, but that she also wanted to feature my song in the video of her work on the initial study sketch. You can see and hear it in the video linked here:



The drawing is now finished and she has now begun doing the actual painting on canvas. I am already loving the way it is coming out and am very excited to see the finished product!

Check out some of Carol’s other videos on YouTube and visit her web site at www.barenberg.com to learn more about the work that she does. And as always keep checking in here at www.bigbenhillman.com for all of my funky updates! 

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