In the Studio | Artist paints Abstract Expressionism to Baroque Music


I’m Brendan Miggins, a multi-media artist, designer, and creator currently developing a series of abstract expressionist works studying the link between music and art. In this video, I paint in the studio while listening to the Baroque music piece: Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere Mei Deus: Psaume 50 (51).

I started on a toned canvas, with one coat of burnt umber and another of neutral gray. The contemplative, polyphonic music provided the initial inspiration, with the text of Psalm 51 (50) providing depth and resolution to the imagery, shapes, colors, and emotions rising while I worked. I commonly employ compositional and proportional systems to create structure to my work. Here I use dynamic symmetry construction lines to grid the overall composition, then paint spontaneously within this framework of guidelines, “eyes” and diagonals—allowing the music to inspire and inform my choices.

I’m looking forward to continuing to work on this series and see where it takes me. If you’re interested too, please hit the subscribe button.

Also, please offer any comments or insights below. I’d love to see how this work strikes you. Join me in my inquiry into “What is Abstract Expressionism?” and the relationship between Music + Art. Are you a fellow Modern Artist? Do you use dynamic symmetry composition techniques in your painting or art? What kind of music do you like to paint to? What else would you like to see on my channel or in my abstract art studies? Please comment below.

Thank you,
Brendan Miggins

P.S.: By the way, this is my first YouTube video. I think I did OK for a first try, and can already see many ways to improve. The future looks bright. Any tips or pointers from experienced YouTube content creators is very welcome here. Please share your comments below.


The song I listen to in the background is performed by Christian-Pierre La Marca, Alexis Kossenko & La Ambassadeurs (Sony Classical). Youtube:

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