This is the Final image of Vivaldi’s Spring Allegro, first movement of his Four Seasons Concertos. This 36 inch by fourteen foot painting that I started the end of June, I finished the end of August. That is too long to paint one artwork. My emotion toward this work varied over the months. Of course I started with a lot of enthusiasm. As the time flew by I change to more of a technical approach to this work. I wanting this artwork to display the colors of peak spring, and that is what you see in the background. That is also what caused me the most second guessing of this artwork.
Since this is one of those rare works where I am depicting the up and down steps of the music from three different instruments, I knew I would have lots of open spaces, because of the balancing act of the music. In the past I would add some extra banding of colors in open areas, but this work, my heart was not into doing that. I decided to let the background breath through the music and hopefully it has all turned out for the good. We shall see. I do not see this work as a favorite from the Vivaldi Series, because of my issue of constantly balancing the background with the foreground. But, because of its uniqueness in this series I think others may see that I have depicted in this artwork a greater depth of the music, not seen in any of the others in the Vivaldi Four Seasons series.
That only leaves one more to do. It will probably be big in size, and I see a lot of blues to come.
Scott Von Holzen