The first image of my newer projects show this small gathering of lots of pieces that took time and effort to produce. This artwork, The Blue Danube Waltz, will follow the trend of stacking the art in sections to form a rectangle look. Otherwise, my pre-2019 pencil shape style lengthens this artwork to over twelve feet.
Once upon three years, I was a student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. On rare occasions, on campus, I would go to a movie. I recall only two times, but not at a theater. On campus, now or then, movies were free or cheap. One movie I remember seeing was Deep Throat. Yes, that movie. How could you not? Away from a small town, I had a deep curiosity in the ways of the big town. The other more memorable movie, that left a lasting impression, was 2001 Space Odyssey. This movie stirred emotions for Johann Strauss’s waltz, and the theme of this artwork, The Blue Danube. The unpredictable combination of the 3 4 beat of a waltz and images of earth from space captivated me. Here is a clip from that unforgettable sound and visual of The Blue Danube.
In this initial image, you see the second version of digital canvas prints. The first time I printed them I took their look from the movie clip to be more green than blue. Looking at the accompanying scenes the earth appears in an array of bluer green colors. Noticing that, I removed the first set of glued prints from the canvas. No matter how I disliked reprinting, I pulled back on the green. I increase the color blue to give the oceans a more natural look. Using colors from a video as a starting point is a frequent procedure for me. It connects the art to the music.
I mentioned in a blog post about last years rejection by The Pablo Center’s Annual Juried Exhibit: Confluence of Art. What a way to motivate me. This year’s judge may again reject this art. The judging varies each year and is subjective, and uncertain even if the art is ready for prime time viewers. To make some sense of this nonsense, I have a favorite quote from Velveteen Rabbit, “…. once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” For me, the quality of this art is there, but if it does not win recognition, unlike the art world, I understand.
Scott Von Holzen