Thursday, October 30, 2014

Artist and Musician Collaborate...paintings and lyrics join forces!

On October 17th, I had the privilege of hosting a house concert featuring singer and songwriter Staci Frenes.  It was a wonderful evening of musical talent, mingling, and cheesecake.  Musician-Artist/Lyrics-Paintings, join in creativity.  Enjoy the article below!

 Artist: Linda Aman              Musician: Staci Frenes

Shared Pathways in Creativity
Written by Linda Aman  
Published in the IWS Fall 2014 Newsletter

Thinking outside the box is what we do as artists. I thought you might enjoy a recent sharing of creative ideas between myself and another artist, a musician.

I recently had the privilege of working with a very talented and creative artist. Her expression is through music. Staci Frenes is a musician, songwriter, and writer that I met two years ago. I attended a local performance of her latest songs and as she sang I was moved not only by her talent, but by her lyrics.

After the concert I told her the lyrics she sang reminded me of several paintings that I had just completed! She was singing my paintings….she was probably wondering what I could mean by that statement, but that thought captured her curiosity.  We exchanged emails and a collaborative adventure transpired. Her lyrics matched perfectly to a couple of my paintings. We placed her lyrics into several paintings and we have note cards and now posters produced to sell.  (To view posters for sale, see bottom of article.)

Staci and I enjoyed the process we shared in combining my images to her music. Last week she traveled from her home in California to perform again in the Boise area. She set aside one evening for a concert in our home with invited guests. With my original paintings in the background she performed a magical evening.

The way we as artists can enhance the value of our paintings has a wider range of impact than I realized. Staci has an audience I would never have the opportunity to show my painting to and her lyrics and music were brought into another venue she would not have realized. A great coming together of art forms was enhanced by the combining of the two. 

I would encourage you to think of new venues, ideas and experiences that may be just around the corner from you.  Think outside the traditional and see what happens along with new adventures and new friends. 

Posters sized 24"x36"
Email Linda at to order.

You can see more about Staci Frenes and her music at

 Linda is an artist and instructor who lives in Star and teaches in her studio. She also teaches in other locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. You can visit her website at or email for more information. © Linda Aman 2014

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