Creativity Spotlight: Artist and Musician, Kristen Brown

Recently, I joined an up and coming social media platform called Holonis. You all should definitely check it out. I love the way it’s laid out, and it allows you to kind of have one central place for everything. Anyway, one of my favorite things about it is that it has allowed me to meet many creative individuals and artists, one of them being Kristen Brown. I could get lost staring at her work for hours. It’s so intricate and detailed, and there are so many layers. I really love it.

So I asked Kristen if she’d like to stop by the blog to talk creative process, and she agreed! So here you go, everyone. An interview with Kristen Brown.

What is your main form of creative expression?

Painting and music are my main forms of creative expression. Currently, my favorite size canvas to paint is 5’x7′, though I would really like to paint a 5’x12′ soon. When I finish a new song, I keep it on constant replay for a couple of days. Both painting and producing electronic music, are creating something where there was once nothing, which I find to be highly addictive.

Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?

I am a full-time artist, though painting and producing electronic music doesn’t exactly feel like a job. I paint and produce music, strictly to comfort myself; like art therapy and music therapy, but on a professional level.

How long have you been creating paintings, books, and music?

I’ve been creative my entire life, using various artistic means to comfort myself, such as singing, writing, composing music, and sketching. I published my life story, WHAT DIDN’T KILL ME, in 2011. I painted murals in the 1990’s, houses known as “painted ladies” in the early 2000s, and I started painting on canvas in 2012. Fans of my artwork were requesting videos so they could watch me paint, so I began producing electronic music (under my nickname, Lethal Princess) in July 2017, to use in my painting videos on YouTube. Producing electronic music is as addictive as painting, so I decided to continue producing music, beyond just the art videos. I’m sure I’m leaving out a lot, it’s just hard to remember because I’ve never seen my art or music as a job.

How do you handle the pressures of creativity being your job?

“If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” I love to create paintings and music, so it’s more like comfort than work. It’s actually not as time-consuming as one would expect. Whether it’s art or music, I tend to start and finish a project within one day; sometimes in just a few hours.

Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?

I consider producing electronic music to be music therapy, but I guess it could be considered a hobby since it makes me happy.

Why do you create?

Each of my paintings is a cipher that tells my story, but only I have the key. My creations are a form of self-expression, without the other person being aware of what exactly I’m sharing of myself. My deepest emotions are camouflaged in art and music. I create to comfort myself, but I share it to comfort others. Art heals both the creator and the viewer.

What advice do you have for other creatives?

I don’t believe creative people need advice. Creating isn’t something I do, but rather a tangible expression of who I am and how I feel. I wouldn’t know how to advise anyone on being creative, because I couldn’t imagine how to advise someone how to express who they are or how they feel.

Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create? 

I use art and music as therapy to manage symptoms of PTSD and anxiety, so I’m actually inspired by my own thoughts and emotions. My artwork is deeply personal, so I actually get a little upset when my artwork is compared to other artists, even if they are famous. My artwork has absolutely nothing to do with any other artist or their style, and none of my artwork is inspired by other artists.
I do feel like my artistic vibe is pulled out of me by the music I listen to while painting. I don’t even know if I can paint without music, lol. I lose myself in music when I paint, so I’m in a bit of a hypnotic trance, allowing the painting to reveal itself to me. I never know what I am going to paint before I paint it; I just show up with my painting supplies, music, and emotions. If I want to cry out my pent-up emotions while I paint, I listen to certain songs by Post Malone or Lina Pastel. I have a mixed playlist of my favorite trap music by various artists such as Trippie Redd and Juice WRLD which I listen to while I paint my smaller paintings around 24″x 36″.
For my larger, unstretched paintings (over 60″x 60″), I have playlists of my three favorite music artists; Bassnectar (music), and Jordan Comolli (music), and NF (lyrics). Each playlist for the larger paintings is dedicated to music by only one artist per playlist. I have a 60″x 64″ painting titled, “Bassnectar Vibe”, because I listened to my playlist of only Bassnectar’s music all day while I painted it. That’s what gave me the idea to have specific playlists for painting.
My mood determines which playlist I choose, and the music determines the colors I am more inclined to choose. When I listen to Jordan Comolli’s music, I notice I use more black, red, and metallics. When I listen to Bassnectar’s music, I am inclined to use more blues, greens, and whites. When I listen to NF’s music, I tend to use vibrant colors like purples, yellows, and neons, usually balanced with black. The colors, music, and my emotions all come together to inspire my stunning works of art.
Music may inspire my artwork, but my “Lethal Princess” music is simply inspired by my lifetime love affair with the emotional power of music. Music has done so much for me throughout my life, so I guess I am inspired by every song that has ever had a profound emotional impact on me. I’m inspired to create music that has a profound emotional impact on someone else.

What are you working on now?

I don’t like to start a painting, or a track, unless I can finish it the same day without taking a break. I’m very impatient, easily distracted, and the emotions I create from come in surges, so it’s better to create a project in one session. I painted two canvases yesterday, and I have three tracks awaiting rap vocals before I can release them. It’s frustrating to wait, but I think my music better expresses more emotion when I collaborate with various vocalists.

Where can people find you and your work?

Most of my artwork can be viewed on Saatchiart, as well as on the social media sites LinkedIn, and Holonis. My “Lethal Princess” music is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and several other digital music outlets.

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