Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – Autumn – 2nd movement. This artwork is composed of five canvas panels with a total length of 120inches by 40.75 inches, maximum height. This work was started on May 28th and now 47 days later it is finished. The guesstimate is a minimum of 3 hours a day was spent working with this artwork. This means about 130 hours to complete. The amount of time an artist puts into a work is not a prerequisite for value or quality, but it is good information to have when planning.
Listening to One Night in Bangkok
Melissa Ferrick – Don’t Say Goodbye
Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia
Etta James – At Last
If I look at this painting objectively, there is not much in art history that looks similar to this, or that approaches the way this art depicts music. That does not mean it is any good, but there is a feeling, that this new Vivaldi work is continuing the push of this art in an interesting direction.
What then was accomplished with this artwork? We can start with those interestingly portrayed musical ties that are crazy good in this work. This is an image of your standard sheet music musical Tie:
Now, here is this artist take on a musical tie from this painting:
There is no comparison, one image is of standard musical notation, and the other has nothing to do with music and is a creation from imagination. Simply put, one can be played, while the other can be either appreciated or dismissed.
This artist take, on Vivaldi’s musical notes, took on the look of individual planets (not intentionally) each with their own little moon (dotted half-note) that floats across the canvas. Here is musical notation version of a dotted half-note:
This is this artist take on a dotted half-note:
Throughout this work every object that floats over the background has been treated as an individual item which gets some of its inspiration from the musical manuscripts of Mozart at the British Library.
The way musical notation is jotted down is as individual as the musician. Those varied pencil marks can then produce an infinite number of options when played. So, it is in looking at music and with the understanding of this endless variety that is music, that has been a part of what has allowed this art to quickly improve and transform.
Tiny Dancer – Elton John – from the album Madman Across the Water
Listening to Will Smith – Wild Wild West
Billy Eckstine – Misty
Suicide Blonde – INXS
One technical issue that had been a concern of this artist, was to not to create an abstract musical artwork that could be dismissed as decorative: partially defined as a painted work on canvas that has the right colors to match the furniture, and is the right size to full the space on the wall. When the thought is about decorative painting Henri Matisse comes to mind, and what was learned from his art that actually changed this art over the years. It is in this gowning process, and the better understanding of the great variety that is music, that allowed this art to be depicted however it was wished, and that any concerns with decoration was nonsense. The varied use of color and shapes are needed to enhance the feel and mood of the music. Since music is usually listen to, and since these paintings have no sound, this art needed to create visually images to arouse the music inside of the viewer. Plus in practical terms it would have been boring painting standard music notation, which would have killed this art. Thank you Matisse. Matisse is also on that short history list of influential artists starting with Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and J.M.W Turner.
Sting – Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)
Janis Joplin – Try
Bowling for Soup – 1985
This artist believes that this work’s style certainly pushes forward. But its limited use of add on canvases can be seen as an unavoidable short coming of this artwork. Otherwise, the best of this art is in the style and coloration of all those half-notes, those magnificent ties, the words that are large and look great reflecting the mood of the painting in their color, and the use and variety of colors in the background.
There are now ten more works of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, yet to paint, with the next one beginning tomorrow, delayed because of the multiple hours required to write this one blog entry.
Listening to Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – Winter – 1st movement the artist favorite.
Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dance Floor
Keb’ Mo’ – Soon as I get Paid
This now brings me to this years Birthday painting that everyone, that reads this blog, will have an opportunity to receive a sign photograph of that work, t0 be painted from beginning to finish, all in one day, July 31st. I will be posting another blog entry with the details.
Ending this blog entry with The Killers – All these Things that I’ve Done
Scott Von Holzen
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