I have cross over to the other side, by finishing The Water is Wide. This little acrylic painting consists of two canvases, aluminum and wood, and is about 38 inches in length by 17 inches. Musically this is a simple song. I can confirm its simplicity for I practice it on the piano, violin, guitar, and saxophone. That is what is deceiving about this music. It is so easy to play, anyone can do it, which is strangely deceiving. Anyone playing or listening to The Water is Wide will be surprisingly rewarded by the melody. This is a piano version by Michael Logozar:
With the lyrics, the exceptionalism of this music is complete. Here is a live version with Jewel, the Indigo girls and Sarah Mclachlan:
Because of the style of the music I thought a small painting, with a limited color pallet would work best. I kept my blues to two colors for the background. From the lyrics I choose white, and a mixed brown to represent the colors of the music and the row-boat.
This artwork has turned out to be a nice surprise, that reconfirmed that these paintings……bla..bla…..bla… music. I do not know how to end that sentence. After 10 years of painting music I still don’t have the answer that best describes this art and its relationship to a lot of pretty darn good music. I still working on the enlightenment phase.
Scott Von Holzen