S_V_H Chopin’s Etude Op.10 No.3 Tristesse final image11

This is a 400 pixel image of a painting fourteen feet in length.  Hopefully, tomorrow this image will be uploaded to the website in much larger and greater detail.   To understand this painting you need to listen to the music.  Here is a quick link to Chopin’s Etude Opus.10 Number 3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz_BlYlBi40 The painting is based on the last nine measures of the music.

Tristesse  was started on August 16th and it has been a long road. There was a lot of frustration at first, for a 14 foot by 36 inches of canvas was needed to have the space to put in notes of some decent size. The canvas was almost pushed aside because of a concern that such a large canvas would take considerable time to complete, which it did six weeks.  Doing two or three smaller canvases in that same time period, would have offered  more chances to experiment at a lesser cost of failure.   The result today was worth the time, although the next few works are going to be much smaller and  easier to handle.

Tristesse was also hard to photograph, but the space was found for it, the Canon 7D camera and two  bounced flash.   The image was edited in Photoshop, mostly to correct perspective.

Is it possible that nothing quite like this has been done in art?  It is easy to see this because the style is so  distinctive that from across the gallery it would be clear who painted that work.   Yet, none of these canvases are in a gallery or much less anywhere else but piled carefully against the walls.  That is the way it is.  It has all to be earned, and who is it to say that any of this effort is truly worth the effort.  Still, no matter, as long as there are white canvases and  paints to complete another wonderful musical piece,  it will be started and finish by this artist,  a driven and well aware realist.  At this stage in life there is no other choice  to be made.

Scott Von Holzen