Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons width about 110 inches (2.8m) by 38.5 inches (.98m). This painting is not the largest every photographed but what made it difficult, to photograph, was the added canvases, and a studio with less than eight foot ceiling. A lot of work has to be done to get the camera, the flashes, and the artwork to work all together to get a decent, evenly light image, without glare, that is fairly square in appearance, with accurate color. Even accomplishing all that, Photoshop is still a valuable asset that was needed to tweak the final image. In the end, it is a good representation of the work.
Listening to Eva Cassidy – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Still, it is not perfect, and the thought is to re-shoot this image, one more time with the camera higher up to remove seeing as much of the bottoms of the add on canvases as possible, and using Photoshop, to improve the bottom edge contrast. The reason for this concern, over the image quality, is that there is a preliminary plan to print a few canvas images of each of the artworks from The Four Seasons series for distribution.
This first Four Seasons artwork shows the influences of the previous two works, that pioneered add-on canvases. That is part of what is expected, and that now sets a baseline for the next work, and those that will follow over the next two years. The disappointment of, what is expected, is that somehow I can not but feel the wish that this work had broken even more ground for such an important beginning of this seres. Every artist has this hidden fear of what if that is all there is, and not just Peggy Lee.
Sarah Vaughan – My Funny Valentine, sung live with her marvelous later voice.
To put that thought in proper prespective, here are some feelings about the artistic steps made by this work. That small smooth, straight green line that started this work, is something that will be carried over that will start all of the next works. That simple line, like a rope or tape around a package, holds the music and the artwork together, no matter what else was done.
Those six medium magenta and Deep Cyan rests (the narrow pink triangle objects, along side the small pink circles) all in a row make a statement, that demands attention. I like that. Those crazy beams, mostly along the bottom follow a color pattern that bounces along and keeps this work moving, are cool, and interesting in themselves, even without the music. Those red slurs along the top, also, add greatly to the motion of this work, but unlike the beams their movement is contained. Now take a look at how the flow of the music is slowed by the green note heads that are a solid color, without the inner smaller circles, that usually are added to spin the music along. The blue shafts under the note heads are soft light blue that follow along and blend well with the background green colors.
Lets not forget to mention those wonderful Italian words for this artwork, and the decision that made Italian the language to be used on all the future Four Seasons canvases. Finally, take a look at the final note on the far right? That one note, split and shifted as it is, brings the music to a stop, as it should, and creates a new interesting style direction.
Listening to George Carlin – Dumb Americans
Johnny Cash – If You Could Read My Mind
Let me put all of this in perspective. Although most music has been written down as sheet music, to organized it, to document it, to make the sound available to others (I can go on-and-on) it is a fact that the paper the music is written on is just a starting point for the musicians that sing and play it. Everyone knows that, and this is what this art is dong: playing and displaying music in its own way. But, what separates these musical artworks from all other musical art is this artwork emphasizes on the actual flow of the music which is present in the music not matter who is singing or how it is being played. Sure, the movement of any of these artworks, matches the look in hundreds of different pieces of music, but that is good for it separates this art from sheet music. I am not trying to imitate sheet music, but only trying to display the a flow of music that relates to the title of the canvas, with a unique interpretation. That is the goal, that is expanding in look and meaning, with each new work. So, maybe I should feel that this art is opening up as it should, with this first Four Seasons artwork, being a nice step forward in its unfolding.
Listening to Mozart – Serenade No. 13 KV 525
Scott Von Holzen