Sweet Little Angel came together, as an artwork, following by painting of this years Birthday artwork, Losing my Edge. Before the Birthday painting, the painting technique that I used for those vertical shafts that follow the music, came from a fairly consistent past. The first step I would do would be to put down a base color, letting it dry. Then next I would spread, drying between layers, other colors. What changed with the Birthday painting is that I did not wait for each layer to dry. This new technique is to spread one color, and then another, mixing them while still wet.
Returning to Sweet Angel, I then decided to paint over the shafts I had already finished. What I did different from Losing me Edge, was to use an extremely heavy white first coat. Then while that was still wet I would worked in a blue color that quickly tinted. I liked this added thickness, that increased the depth of the work, and I like the mixing of wet colors mix that resulted in some interesting, and random looks.
The second difference that occurred in Sweet Angel, that came from the Birthday painting, was the drip painting I did all along that top curved line in the center panel. Up to this work I have had the feeling that I was being a little rigid in the way I handled, what they call in the music world, the slurs and ties. This new method frees me up to better match the diversity that is music.
Sweet Little Angel will always be remembered for being the first work to use wooden cutouts for the flow of the music. This great Blues tune, painted in a variety of blue colors, gives this artwork a great overall looked that matches its genre, that is further enhanced by the center panel with its contrasting tints of magenta. This is a good painting, that easily goes beyond being a “good job.”
Scott Von Holzen