Jason Newsted: The Difference Between Being a Musician and a Painter

"A painting has a kind of a vulnerability that doesn't happen with music."

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Jason Newsted: The Difference Between Being a Musician and a Painter
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Jason Newsted discussed his latest painting endeavors, telling Metal Injection (transcribed by UG):

"There are a lot of commonalities between a rock show and an art show, there's the same excitement, the same meticulous immersion, being obsessed about it being as good as it can be.

"But with art, it's different from music in a way that you can mix the music until, 'Jesus Christ, it's almost ruined!' or whatever.

"But the painting, you have to say when, and then put it out there, let it go, and you can't be there to explain it to people, which I really don't want to anyway. I want people to dig what they dig.

"The painting is that much different. It has a kind of a vulnerability that doesn't happen with music. The music's already got long sharp teeth, it's loud and the people are gonna like it for the most part.

"The art stuff is new for me, kind of like letting your kid go, kicking it out of the nest, 'Go man, go!' and see what people are gonna think about it.

"It's exciting, and a little bit nerve-racking because of what people are gonna think about it."

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    schecterhellraz
     "But with art, it's different from music in a way that you can mix the music until, 'Jesus Christ, it's almost ruined!' or whatever." Sounds like he's still upset about Justice.
    dennis.1960
    I paint off and on and have found the biggest difference is it's much easier to get people to check out your art with painting than with music because of the time commitment.  If I want someone to check out my new painting, it's "here it is what do you think?"  They form an opinion in 10 seconds and done.  If I want someone to check out my new album it takes 60 minutes for the first listen, but they need to listen over and over to really form an opinion.  In these busy attention deficit defined days people don't want to take the time to really listen to an album over and over, but a painting is quick and easy