"I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work."
When you think of Bob Dylan, imagining him painting anything is hard to do. I just imagine a sunglasses wearing harmonica totin’ bad ass who really doesn’t care what you think about him. In the quote above, from a 2011 New York Times interview, he reminds us that if you’re painting or songwriting, you use inspiration from the world around you to get the job done. Whatever form the artwork needs to take, whatever materials it asks to be made out of, you have to serve it that way. Perhaps it’s time to write an album or paint something totally new.