I have completed this my first Aria. Unusual, but true, I cannot pronounce the title of this artwork in French. Softly Awakes My Heart is this music’s English name, but I prefer the original title that comes from the French Opera, Samson and Delilah. One of my goals for this painting was to let the music move off the canvas. As you can see above that is what I did accomplish, after solving a number of technical issues. The wire I finally ended up using, annealed aluminum, is actually used for training of Bonsai trees. It is a lot easier, and lighter than copper, with the advantage of being thicker, but easier to mold into place. Of course even this fairly large wire is not enough to create a strong visual effect. That is why I grab a bunch of scrap pieces of wood, and had some fun. If you go back to late 2012 and this Vivaldi painting from the Four Seasons Series, Autumn Allegro, you can see the origin of that idea using paint only.
Similar what you see in the Vivaldi artwork, and in this French Aria painting, those assortment of shapes around the flow are there to create the look of pieces of the music being toss about. When sounded a note’s tone often continues, although diminished, until drowned out by the next note. In these two artworks I express those reduced pitches in the form of panted pieces, and scraps of wood, with the side effect of adding interest, movement, and in this artwork, adding mass around the wire.
This artwork has an odd shape, and construction, but I think the look turns out to be fine because the painting looks balance. Again, as I mentioned before, the background is good, but it is not the fresh look I am looking for. This is a beautiful Aria, and I believe this artwork stands out as a great visual representation that honors the music.
Scott Von Holzen