Art, music and the crafts found me as young as I can remember growing up in Dorset, nestled between the seaside and the forest.
As clichéd as it may sound, ever since I can remember, I have been making things out of anything that I could get my crafty hands-on. From endless drawings for my friends and family to decorating and painting old broken violins in the style of Jackson Pollock!
At the age of 4 I started to play the piano, and later the violin. My school years were full of performances in musicals such as ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘West Side Story’ where I became besotted with being part of a stage spectacle where art, music and visuals all came together.
It was because of my passion for the arts that I later went to University to study these subjects in more depth. But I was met with a heartbreaking realisation: that I suddenly had to choose between art or music.
So I had no choice: I had to study art and music seperately and then attempt to join them together my own way.
I became increasingly extremely frustrated at University because I loved both art and music but I was always made to choose to follow and study one exclusively in my work.
I found this so unecessary because to me, the relationship between both art, music and colour is inextricably linked. As you can see from the above, Wassily Kandinsky agrees too!
Whilst feeling deeply lost and extremely unhappy at University, in 2010, I channelled my creativity into a side project and embarked on one of my greatest adventures: a handmade hair accessory business called Beauxoxo.
Hi, I'm Georgie!
‘The sound of colours is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes or dark lake with treble…generally speaking, colour directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposely, to cause vibrations in the soul.’
Welcome to Painting Music and Art! My name is Georgie and I’m so happy you’re here!
I’m devoted to introducing you to the magical world of music and art history.
And I’m not alone in my fascination with the wonders and intermingling of art and music!
Russian Artist Wassily Kandinsky also knew intimately the undeniable relationship between colour and music, which were inextricably tied to one another in his work.
The above quotation from Kandinsky’s ‘Concerning The Spiritual in Art’ is particularly apposite to introduce you all to Painting Music and Art: A new way of painting music and art history.
Beauxoxo and Blogging
I began selling my Beauxoxo hair accessories on a local level at markets throughout the South Coast and through ‘I Love Crafty’ in Bristol, before officially launching my international Etsy store in the same year.
Beauxoxo soon escalated when, in 2011, I was invited to attend and partake in the Clothes Show Live.
During the event, I was approached by Jamie Stevens, the X Factor hairstylist, who subsequently purchased a variety of my pieces for Little Mix to wear on the show.
To my surprise, when the Final show aired, Perrie walked on stage flaunting one of my glitter bows!
My hair accessories have been worn by some of the biggest Youtube stars and influencers, such as Zoe Sugg, and featured in magazines like ELLE and Marie Claire, turning what was once a part-time crafting hobby into a full-time dream job!
At the same time I opened Beauxoxo, I also documented my journey through Georgie xoxo, a blog dedicated to seeking everyday whimsy, with a heart full of wanderlust focusing on travel adventures, pretty crafts, wellness, and words on finding the meaning in life through wonder and enchantment.
It’s always been my ultimate hope that my blog, that has been featured in Grazia magazine and nominated for Company and Cosmopolitan awards, can enable someone to travel into the deepest realms of wonder and enchantment so that they can truly feel and embody their own world, and the world around them.
And guess what? This is EXACTLY why I so adore art and music history too!
Meeting Chronic Illness
Beyond my wildest dreams, Beauxoxo grew exponentially from the age of just 19 years old, and so became the focus of all of my spare time.
However, it was also during these exciting times that I received the life-changing news that I had developed a benign Pituitary Tumour called a Prolactinoma coupled with PCOs and Endometriosis when I was still studying at University.
Naturally, the news left me feeling like I was existing under a very dark cloud, despite on the surface painting a picture of endless adventures and glitz and glamour through Beauxoxo and my blog.
And alongside all of the above, I was also continuing to develop deeply debilitating and mystifying symptoms that later led to a diagnosis in 2018 of Scerloderma; a rare, chronic autoimmune disease of the immune system, blood vessels, and connective tissue that affects 2.5 million people worldwide.
It was from this diagnosis that I decided to say Au Revoir to Beauxoxo as I lost the dexterity in my hands that I used to have. Fearing I wouldn’t be able to continue my own passion for crafting and music, I had to make a very difficult decision to end this flourishing business I had made with my (literal) own hands.
It has been through the darkness of my health that has certainly provided a contrast that illuminates the wonderfulness of the gratitude I feel in life to dig deeper into everything that I am.
As a result of my painful diagnosis, I delved into my sacred joys in life once more, to discover other gifts I could bring to the world and that I could adapt my condition to.
And here I am now: following my heart to create an online resource that focuses on helping curious humans of all ages, to discover and embrace the arts. And I’m so deeply thankful you found your way here!
Why Music and Art History?
I truly and passionately believe that we’re all creative beings. It’s a signature of our species!
In fact, creativity is in our DNA. It’s found in our ancestors who were makers of beautiful things and it’s also found in you and me.
Human beings have been creative since prehistoric times, dating all the way back to 40,000 BC, starting from aboriginal cave paintings.
Our modern times are no different! In the time of social media, images and audio pervade our lives.
Simply put: There’s not an inch of this earth that hasn’t been touched by creativity. But where on earth do we start digging into the richness of our history and surroundings?
We often associate the arts and creativity with the creations alone. And of course, creativity’s by-products are some of the major achievements of civilisation, from the invention of the wheel to Mozart’s sonatas, to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. But, did you know that the root meaning of the word creativity comes from the Latin ‘creatus’ meaning, ‘to grow?’
That means that when we are creative we feel as if the world and all that is in it is vibrantly alive. This sense of rapture and awe in relation to the arts is how I paint the wonders of the history of art and music to my students so that you’ll be able to marvel at the magic and miracles all around you.
Moreover, I truly believe art and music are two of the most powerful forces for happiness and healing in the world, and it’s my life-purpose to help as many people as possible discover this.
Why we need the arts
Outside of the enchantment I believe the arts have, I also passionately believe that there has never been a more pressing need to learn about the wonders of our artistic and musical heritage than today.
The number of students choosing to study the arts at GCSE in England has fallen every year since 2010 and now shows a 34% drop in arts entries in the last 8 years. We also know that between 2010-2017 the number of arts teachers fell by 20% and the number of hours the arts were taught in secondary schools fell by 21%.
This is because increasingly the school curriculum for our current generation of young people is being more and more focused on a narrow range of academic subjects to satisfy the requirements of the EBacc.
Compelling though these statistics are there is an even greater argument for our young people having the benefit of a broad and balanced curriculum with creativity at its heart.
The arts are not some lightweight extra-curriculum subjects. They play a vital role in the development of skills, values, attributes and knowledge and have been shown to enhance those very skills so frequently demanded by employers namely communication, teamwork and resilience.
A future workplace, more than ever, will require our young people to be equipped with the ability to express ideas and navigate an uncertain future. Not surprisingly, perhaps, that data shows students who study the arts are more likely to do better in school and to stay in employment.
How to paint music and art history today
Painting Music and Art is the first resource of its kind that brings together art AND music history (in a way that I always dreamed of) for older children from the curriculum age of 12 years old and above. To curious adults too!
At Painting Music and Art, you will find practical, inspirational, and thoughtful content to connect you to every aspect of art and music history.
What you learn here at Painting Music and Art will nurture your mind and soul, open your heart and imagination, and inspire you to give yourself the trust to lead with curiousity, playfulness and creativity in everything you do.
And with that, I’ll leave you with the words of Wassily Kandinsky once more:
‘Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting’
….as we paint music and art history together ♥
These are a few of my favourite things
FAVOURITE ARTIST: Claude Monet
FAVOURITE MUSICIAN: Maurice Ravel
FAVOURITE MUSEUM: Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
FAVOURITE EVENT: Eurovision
FAVOURITE PAINTING: ‘Venus’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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My students inspire me further on the path of teaching; art and music truly hold ceaseless wonder and I can’t wait to share my workshops with you.
Please contact me to find out when I am next able to lead music and art history workshops.
‘Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting'
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