This canvas consists of nine panels and is almost eighteen feet in length. In the beginning I was against a canvas this long. This art room is only thirty feet by sixteen, and just handling such a large work would create serious movement issues for one person. The problem, was with me, and that I considered an artwork one piece no matter how many canvases. So, thinking that way I considered ways to go short to fix handling issues. To do this I began, as I always do with large works, by laying them out on the floor. To keep this works length down in size, I found I could zig-zag the music.
By off setting and stacking of the canvases the length could be shortened. This seemed to work until I realized how difficult it would be to connect the pieces, not only right to left but also top to bottom. Also it quickly became clear that the height of the work would also cause issues, with the limited height adjustments of the easels. None of this was making sense. That was when I decided the only answer would be let the work grow to whatever length it wished. To then, to solve the handling issue of a very long work, I decided to divide up that length into manageable pieces. The thought was I could then place a much more manageable piece on the easels and then change it out with the other section when needed. I soon realized that by adding an extra easel and some extra support, I could fit both pieces on the easels. Of course, I then realized, with some adjustments to the easels, that I could line them up. Finally I bolted the pieces together, as one. I came full circle. This all makes sense knowing that I am saving the best Four Seasons movements for later projects. The thought is that my rapid artistic maturing will be a benefit to those movements I care the most about. Plus, I know that the best of the best of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, could easily reach lengths of twenty feet or more.
This is the introduction, an a look at how and why I plan on working together on two different works, one large one small.
This is a short discussion about Image one of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons Winter Largo.
Scott Von Holzen