'THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT' out November 2nd
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Published 2nd November, 2021
You Gave Me The Answer – Ellen from Canada asks...
Here at the PaulMcCartney.com office we've been going head first into our new year's resolutions; from being more active with a little help from Paul's gym playlist, to going Meat Free more than one day a week. One of our goals for the new year is to expand our creative horizons and that got us wondering if Paul might be able to help us out. So when Ellen from Canada asked, "How would you compare the creative process of painting to song writing?" we pulled up and chair to find out...
Paul: "Well, I know how to do songwriting more than I know how to paint. So painting, to me, is more of a free exploration. Like a lot of people, I used to think that if you're going to make a painting you have to make it very significant and the subject matter has to be very meaningful. And then I met Willem de Kooning, who was an abstract expressionist and he showed me that it's just about composition and colour. The way he painted was always about composition, colour, freedom. So, I really enjoy that. And it helped me get over the hang-up of : "This is what am I going to paint".
"When I'm going to paint, it can't just be some fruit on the table. It's got to be something meaningful. And that had totally just stopped me. I could never paint. It’s just too daunting. But then, you know, I knew de Kooning a little bit and visited him in his studio and I just saw what he did. And I talked to him about it, and it was obvious that it wasn't about this "meaningful thing". It was about the aesthetics. The look of it. The art of it. The colour and the brushstrokes. The minute I realised that, I just loved it. I started to put all sorts of things in. I wasn't worried about whether they were meaningful or not.
"So then, you know, if I needed an idea, I would just look at some books I had, or look at something else. (I mean, this is when I was painting a lot more than I am now. I don't have a lot of time now.) I would look at Celtic or ancient art and see the sort of faces that they made. That was lovely. It is very liberating just to put those things in and build a picture around it. So yeah. Here you go!"
So, next time we get into a creative roadblock we're going to think:"be more Paul". We won't be weighed down by always trying to make it meangingful: we'll make it fun! What fun and creative activities do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below...