This is a short update. This second image of Purple Rain, for now, shows the background finished. I call this artwork Purple Rain, but so far violet has been the dominate color. The plan is to save the many shades of purple for the music, and other add-nos. In this second image I have striped out some of the violet with colors I found in Prince’s clothing in a small number of his video interviews, appearances, and performances.
While looking for a mix of colors that make up Prince’s image I saw, and learned more than I usually do, about the artist and his music. This was intimidating, for Prince certainly is a well-respected song writer and musician. In comparison I am just a guy painting music artworks, only starting to build a career. That kind of thinking I had to put aside for it was too restrictive. This painting is not a tribute to Prince. Obviously Prince is a fabulous artist, but if I am to succeed at being a painter of musical artworks, Purple Rain, as an artwork, has to stand alone, as my cover of a great pop rock song.
Scott Von Holzen