This second image of Fine & Mellow shows the music, painted using brighter colors, to separate it from the background. Different from my original thinking, this painting is not going to be a visual of a black and white video. Instead the colors in this artwork are my emotional reaction to the video: the contrast of light and dark, and what I am seeing and hearing in the back-en-forth between the sounds from the musicians, and Billie Holiday’s voice. It turns out that a darker lower contrast artwork was just a first reaction to watching the video for the first time.
My first big color move came from the words “He wears high draped paints_ Stripes are really yellow,” which shows in the stripping of the beams. Actually knowing my art, how could I have left out bright yellow out of this artwork. That logical move changed everything.
Scott Von Holzen