I watch a show called Brain Games on television. If you have never seen it is a show all about how your brain works. I find it fascinating. Anyway they had this segment on how music actually does increase your perform on IQ tests and pretty much anything you do that requires using your brain including art. The gave demonstrations and the results were amazing, sometimes going up as high as 30% of original score on IQ tests. It's not just classical music, any music. It somehow stimulates your brain, they got into the physiology of it but it was way over my head.
Anyway long story short...instead of listening to the news while I paint I'm going to listen to music and see if there is any improvement.
Anyway sometimes I use music to help me get into that right brain, meditative, creative state and sometimes I just prefer silence. As far as what kind of music. If I'm drawing sculls or horror I'll listen to Heavy Metal, Goth or maybe some Mozart or Beethoven or maybe some other heavy classical. With my latest piece I listened to a big mix of Alternative and classic Rock. Sometimes I'll listen to blues like Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn or some of the old time blues artists. Just depends where I'm at at the moment.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?-Vincent Van Gogh
I always listen to music when I'm working, wether it's drawing, painting or writing. The kind of music differs greatly though; sometimes it's soundtracks, sometimes aggressive hardrock, sometimes classical music. It all brings it's own inspiration to the table, which is lovely.