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What Do Debussy and Mercury Have in Common? The Answer May Surprise You!

Written by on March 17, 2016 in Art, Films and Music, Inspirational with 5 Comments

Debussy Header by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Turning Music into Art and Feeling

To recap on the last video blog (New Concepts: What Does a Bach Masterpiece Look and Feel Like? (Video Included)) CLICK HERE.


This week I tuned into another one of my all-time favorite composers, Claude Debussy.

The feelings that came up after listening to Debussy were:

  • Whimsy,
  • Magic,
  • Playfulness,
  • Fluidity and
  • Fun.

Sampling Tasty Meanings

Other words that describe ‘whimsical' are fanciful, mischievous, fantastic, excitable, unusual, impulsive, curious, mercurial and ‘quicksilver' (meaning ‘fluid' — curious indeed as that is one of the words that came up whilst doodling to the music!), changeable, unpredictable and kaleidoscopic (what an awesome word!).

Don't you just love the tone and feel of those words?

It tends to transport one to childhood — those days spent in the sun, exploring the garden and being in awe over the smallest ant to the splendiferous veins of a leaf.

It's little wonder that the drawing that transpired whilst listening to Debussy was a tree and garden (the whole start to finish process video is below).

The Importance of Play

The overall effect I got from the enchanting sounds of Debussy was expressing the fun aspect of the self — the inner child.

How can we tap into our neglected mini me?

Try incorporate more:

  • Time in nature — go for walks, swim in streams, run barefoot in the sand, hike, climb mountains, get creative in the garden.
  • Be playful — dance like no-ones watching, play board-games, build sandcastles on the beach or mud-pies in the garden after a good downfall! Get your hands dirty and put being an adult on the back-burner.
  • Laugh more — have a good belly wobble as often as you can EVERY day.
  • Be creative — make things, experiment, color in, let the inner artiste loose!
  • Be curious — don't think you know everything. Study new things, take courses, try more classes. Never give up on the wonder of the world.
  • Listen to Debussy! — apparently he helps with drawing out all of the above! 😉

Now it's time to sit back and watch Debussy transform into art.

And here is the art therapy coloring-in page for you to download (click on the picture below and right-click to save):

Debussy Whimsy by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Related article: Color Therapy: Taking on Modern Day Stress the Creative Way

Cherie-Roe-Dirksen_172x200Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author and multi-media artist from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can also follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment).

Cherie posts a new article on CLN every Thursday. To view her articles, click HERE.

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    I noticed the early stages of the drawing are linear and shape mapping through the use of positive-negative space. Details and textural qualities come later. Sort of the way I approach my work too

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