Hendrix Voodoo Magick

Hendrix Voodoo Magick. Original oil painting on canvas, 24” x 36”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

Hendrix Voodoo Magick. Original oil painting on canvas, 24” x 36”, © 2013 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

Can you hear this music come to life?

Jimi Hendrix performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. © David Redfern / Redferns / Retna Ltd.

Jimi Hendrix performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. © David Redfern / Redferns / Retna Ltd.

This abstract expressionist painting employs a synesthethic experience, where one experiences sound through visuals. Jimi Hendrix, one of my favorite musicians, was a delicious inspiration and exciting challenge for me. The inital sketch for the painting was created with my eyes closed, listening to his wailing guitar and feeling the vibes pulse rhythms through my arm.

[Here's an earlier blog post I wrote and showed some progress photos of the earlier stages. I think it's interesting to see how the color and form was built up in layers over time.]

The undulations of explosive fiery color and sumptuous organic waves of form echo the circular way Jimi embellished a song. It starts off slow and simple, like in the left bottom color, builds tempo with each new line of each verse, has a spacious moment, and then delves into the infamously explorative guitar solo journeys, before returning back to the start and doing it all over again with each new song.

For the complete experience, view painting while listening to Hendrix!

+ Have you found any poems that describe the sound of Jimi Hendrix? If you do, please paste it in comments below, I’d like to reference it alongside this painting for future displays! 

— Tiffinity

To purchase the original go here to my Etsy listing, and visit my Fine Art America listing to purchase all sizes of prints.


2 Responses to “Hendrix Voodoo Magick”

  1. Sheila says:

    Wow, so wonderful! I love Jimi, and you captured his wild essence for sure! :)

  2. Hi Tiffany, beautiful painting! And your other works of course:) I got here via Skinny Artists, you’re surely one to watch in 2013 (and beyond). Thanks, Marc

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