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They’re Playing Our Song

I’ve always been a huge fan of music. A song will get under my skin and I can’t stop listening to it over and over again. I can’t stop singing it as I’m doing other tasks. Occasionally, I’ll find myself so into a song that I just have to paint it.

I posted last month about a song by Gotye called “Somebody That I Used to Know.” I’ve finally completed the painting that it inspired.

Shadows of Somebody I Used to Know

24″X24″ Acrylic on Canvas with Adhesive.

Thanks Goyte for the inspiration.



It’s so important to have things that make you happy. I really believe that. I’m not talking about the thrill of buying something, but of things that when you look at them they lift your spirits, remind you of something or someone special, inspire you with the beauty that can be all around you.

For my birthday, I received an original water color painting that I truly love based on my favorite novel, Persuasion by Jane Austen. Today I purchased the companion piece that the artist painted not long ago. Looking at the first painting inspires me. I know the second will do the same.

As an artist, as a writer, as a person, I can’t express enough how important those little pieces of joy can be or how much inspiration they can cause.

"You Pierce My Soul"

Thank you Elizabeth Monahan. Visit her etsy shop, Blue Sky Inking.


Have you ever heard a song that you have to keep listening to over and over again? I fall in love with songs all the time, but it is rare that a song speaks to me so much that I have to paint because of it. It happened with a song called “Flying Home” by Jason Robert Brown, which inspired a piece called Carry Me On.

The song on repeat in my playlist at the moment is called “Somebody I Used To Know” by Gotye. I’m in love with this song. I’ve even found a cover of it sung by a Canadian band called Walk Off the Earth where the 5 members of the band all play the song… well, just YouTube it because it is totally awesome.

In any case, this so has me working on a new piece tentatively called “Shadow of Somebody I Used to Know.” No, it isn’t a direct line from the song.

Anyway, here’s the video for the original version. Hope you like it too.