S_V_H Satisfaction image 2

•02/18/2017 • Leave a Comment

satisfaction_2This image takes the original Black & White theme for this artwork, and look I have added all those colors.  I discussed before that when I think of this music I remember my life back than in mostly black and white.  Also, in the sixties, to be in tune with the times, I wore bell bottom  blue jeans, own a number of Navy pea coats, liked corduroy browns, and in general wore a lot of dull solid colors.  For those reasons, that is why I chose shades of gray to black to dominate this artwork, while using blues and browns for accent.  When I looked at the words for this artwork, without at first knowing the why, I knew I did not want to paint them in any dull colors or shade of gray.  I felt that none of those colors represented the lyrics of this music.  That is when I understood, what my feelings about this music,  where all about.

I remember the joy of listening to Satisfaction when it was new,  and sixty years later the Rolling Stones are still playing it. The words are still as exciting to sing today as they where when I was listening to them on AM radio,  in my best friend Tom’s Volkswagen Beetle, on a cold winter’s night as he drove us to the local dance bar, The Airway.  His car heater, barely kept us warm, and defrosted the windshield enough to see as long as we had our noses to the glass  But we did not care, for we where into music and into drinking a few beers on live band Wednesday.  That than was all what mattered.

Putting all of that into perspective,  I chose four of many Psychedelic colors, unknown to me back then, for the words because of their vibrancy and later dramatic effect on fashion. This artwork remembers, in its colors,  a distant music memory, that lives on today as one of music’s greatest, long-lasting Rock songs,  Satisfaction.

Scott Von Holzen



S_V_H Stairway to Heaven Final Image

•02/12/2017 • Leave a Comment

stairway_finalIn this final image of Stairway to Heaven I have moved away from the video as my color guide. For the rest of the wood enhancement to this painting I decided to go with colors that work with the existing color theme. Late into every painting, including this one,  my goal is to bring the over all look of a painting into harmony, a double entendre of sight and hearing.

Here is my take on this painting: Times they are a Changin.’  This is not a large work in my Catalog,  but by the standards of most people of modest means, which have been my art sales clients,  have a  lot easier time finding wall space, and justifying the cost,  for a 36 inch artwork than they would one this size..  All galleries, that would consider hanging this painting, always have to deal with limited wall space. Their walls are already filled with art. To make room one for Stairway a gallery would need to remove at less two or more other artworks.  That is probably not going to happen unless my sales pitch is exceptional.  That is why I mentioned the 36 inch artwork limit which has these advantages over even this size work: faster to produce, lower price, and a lot easier to market and sell.  There are no trade offs by going small.  I give every artwork the same amount of care, ability, and creatively.  The main advantage in size is greater visual impact.

Looking at Stairway, I can see the size effect,  but I can also see that I could have used smaller canvases in an irregular shape.  Doing anything besides your standard artwork rectangle would have created a more dramatic visual look. That may then counter size impact, as long as the limited amount of open space on a small work is not overly busy or cluttered. I do not have this option in the unfinished artwork Satisfaction, but I do see me moving philosophically, to that 36 inch length, in the next project which is Please, Remember Me, sung my Tim McGraw, followed by When Doves Cry.

Scott Von Holzen



S_V_H Stairway to Heaven Image 2

•02/06/2017 • Leave a Comment

stairway_2Stairway to Heaven, second image, you can see this work taking on its own unique character.  I took a close look at this video and saw some of the lighting they where using.  You can see this in a snippet I captured from the video:

stairwaysnippetI then went totally abstract and did a mix of related colors spread all over the straight shafts you see above.  I am not trying to be fancy and am attempting only to replicated some of the colors of this video and their chaotic movements, such as, a blurry Robert Plant.

This is again the link to the video that the coloring for this artwork originates:

My words for this video “We all Know,” offer, what I always try to accomplish, multiple meanings for the viewer.  As part of this art since the beginnings their placement has been slowly changing. That is another discussion, but now words have no exact location, only a place in harmony with the Artwork.  That change in thinking is helping the Art of the Artwork to evolve from the restraints of the music.  Someday the Music will only be the starting point:   One day One that comes from One finally will be Two.

Scott Von Holzen

S_V_H Satisfaction Image1

•01/27/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H Satisfaction Image1


Satisfaction is finally here. This is the first image of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, on two canvas 50 inches in length by 20 inches in height.  My first contact with the Rolling Stones was  one of their early albums from 1965 that my brother bought: December’s Children.  On this album where two memorable songs, for me, As Tears go By, and Get Off my Cloud. That turned out to be the last Rolling Stones album I held in my hand.  As I have mentioned, I was a Beatles fan in the sixties.

Today,  I have almost 100 Rolling Stones songs in my music collection which at first, made it difficult to choose the first song to paint.  Actually, it turned out to be easy for I a choose my most memorable Rolling Stones song: Satisfaction.  I remember listening a lot to Satisfaction as a Junior in High School. It was the perfect teenage bad boy, hello girls, anthem for our time.

Here is the 1965 video of Satisfaction, released the same year,  on the album out of our heads:

After picking Satisfaction I checked out a lot of videos of the Rolling Stones performing Satisfaction all in color. Boy do these guys look old, and wow I just could not relate to any of those videos. Then I ran across an early video version of Satisfaction. Watching the video It was like flashing back to my youth. I could see myself and my high school buddies all in black and white. I then took the color plan for this painting from this black and white video. What really sold me on this video was watching Mick Jagger dance around in his strip pants.  I took the vertical pattern in his pants and used it in my background of this first image.

Growing up in the late fifties and early sixties, I lived in black and white world. I grew up with Howdy Doody on black and white television. The movies I use to watch at the out-door theater in Arpin where black & white. I remember that The Creature from the Black Lagoon, scared the hell out of me for many nights.  I also grew up with black and white photography.  Even in school all of my teachers used white chalk on black boards,  and in high school the Catholic nuns all wore the traditional black and white robes. It was a black and white world back than.  Even today when I think back to those days,  there where colors in my life, especially in the late sixties, but in my high school years, looking back I am comfortable seeing my friends, my brothers, my parents, and my so-called Life all in black and white.


Scott Von Holzen


S_V_H Stairway to Heaven Image 1

•01/25/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H Stairway to Heaven Image 1

stairway_1This is the first image for the artwork Stairway to Heaven, composed of three canvases 56 inches in length by 24 inches.  Over the years  I have considered, but never felt convinced, to paint this great rock classic song, or any other music by Led Zeppelin. I now realize that this avoidance reaches back to the day that my musical connection became personnel.

I was a sophomore in high school and on Sunday, February 9th 1964,  the Beatles, made their first black and white television American appearance, on the Ed Sullivan show.  It was the influence of The Fab 4 that formed my early musical tastes.  That meant that I ignored the music of Led Zeppelin which I considered to rough, to loud and to hard to listen to.  Instead I favored The Byrds, Crosby Still, Nash & Young,  The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles,  The Four Seasons, and Simon and Garfunkel, more so than The Rolling Stones, The Animals,  The Zombies, The Kinks,  Sly and the Family Stone,  Jimi Hendricks, or Janis Joplin. I do remember a moment when the influence of the Beatles was less when I made the rare album purchased of the 1970 record, Live at Leeds, by the Who.  To this day, though, I have no interest to listen to Heavy Metal music, or even classic Punk music.

After 46 years since its release I am now painting the music of Led Zeppelin one of the earliest hard rock bands.  Stairway to Heaven is a needed step forward in the broadening of my musical appreciation.

Here is the YouTube video where I found the color plan for this painting. Do not waste your time watching this entire video.  For all the positive reasons for liking a live music version I am afraid this example of Stairway to Heaven is awful.  Throughout this video I sense that Robert Plant is not into the music.  This is especially noticeable in the dramatic last section  of the song, after the guitar solo,  where Plant’s voice seems weak and disconnected from the music.


Here is the better studio version of Stairway to Heaven:


Scott Von Holzen



S_V_H Three Little Birds final image

•01/16/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H Three Little Birds final image

threelittlebirds_finalThis Bob Marley artwork, Three Little Birds is finished. This artwork is one canvas 36 inches in length by a most 18.5 inches in height.  In this final image I have added a couple of simple things to better connect this artwork to the life of Bob Marley.  The three braided cords across the canvas represent Bob Marley’s dreadlocks which he called his “identity.” The six-sided wood pieces  bunched together on two of my notes are symbols of Bob Marley’s love of soccer.

The depth of Bob Marley goes well beyond his musical talents. His  influence on Reggae music, his strong belief in Rastafari, his use of ganja,  and his political effect on the people of Jamaica have all made him a larger than life personality.  This artwork is nothing more than a simple tribute to the music of one of his more uplifting songs.

Scott Von Holzen


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Up next, I am finally going to give up the fight and paint Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. I have the urge to do a great Classic Rock artwork, and I just cannot ignore this monstrous Rock hit any longer.


S_V_H Three Little Birds image 2

•01/11/2017 • 1 Comment

threelittlebirds_2This is the second image of the painting Three Little Birds. This is a small forty inch long painting, with a fairly straight forward musical flow. The goal of this work is to help me figure out my routine in a strange new Studio. I am not trying to do anything magical with this painting.  I do have an idea to give it a unique look, but there is nothing radical going on with this project. It is almost like it is a test run:  start and finish it.

For the colors of the music I chose what I saw in Bob Marley, and his style of dress.  As for my chose of words  I believe they are one of the strengths of this painting. They open up this artwork to broad interruption and are a good ‘hook’ for the viewer, if this artwork is ever displayed in a public space.

Until then, this is Three Little Birds own little secret.