In Denver's Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is Vance Kirkland's studio. Kirkland's works ranged, but I fell in love most with his abstract expressionism that combined watercolor and oil painting techniques. He floated oil paint on water and then later added dots. They are stunning.
Many of Kirkland's color combinations are derived from classical music. Kirkland was synethetic: as he painted he could hear color. While Kirkland claimed to see most music, only certain classical compositions with moderate but not extreme dissonance provided the desired alloy of colors. He said Mahler, Schoenberg, Bartok, Berg, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Ives all were on his iPod (okay, maybe not iPod, but you know what I'm sayin'). Additional composers that inspired his colors: Stravinsky, Ravel, Piston, Debussy, Hanson, Milhaud, Janacek, and Hindemith. So how many of you are like me and are about to go download some tunes off this list?!