I finished While My Guitar Gently Weeps with the word gently. Like all my artworks the words can be found in the music, while at the same time, leaving an opening for other meanings. What is new in this artwork is the number of words and their random placement.
I know this may sound strange but that change comes from the influence of the art of Jean Michel Basquiat, and his free hand use of words on many of his canvases. This is an example of Basquiat’s style that made me realize I could save time, and effort, while adding more words, by easing up on the drawing. I also saw in my own older artworks, while taking new photos, how much more loose that style was. Those early works and Basquiat could bring this art closer to the music. That is, If I can update that older style to where I am today.
I can say I painted this music because of George Harrison, and the music from The Beatles White Album, but it is this video from 2004 that reconnected me to this classic 1960’s rock ‘en roll music:
Next up Lovesong, by the Cure and the updated cover by Adele.
Scott Von Holzen