Maskwacis man and music breathe life into art

Christopher Carlson makes ‘live art’ at music festival

By Stu Salkeld

The Pipestone Flyer

Those music lovers who were enjoying beautiful weather and excellent music at the first annual Pigeon Lake Music Festival on the August long weekend may have noticed an artist of a different sort.

Singing and dancing along to the live performers at the Hilah Ayers RV Park anniversary party on Aug. 5, a painter was creating images on his canvas just as music was creating images in his mind.

Christopher “Day One” Carlson, who hails from Maskwacis, had a vendor’s booth set up to showcase what he creates at music festivals and live shows: “live art.”

“Music is a big part of what I do,” said Carlson, as he painted a canvas to the sounds of Tony Michael’s live performance. Carlson said he loves to enjoy live music, and as he listens, his hand translates that music into original paintings.

The “live artist” has created a bewilderingly large portfolio of diverse subjects. He had some of them on display at Hilah Ayers Aug. 5, including First Nations images, folk musician bob Dillon, country legend Johnny Cash and much more.

He said no planning is involved. “When the music is going, you get inspired,” added Carlson.

stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca