This is my first image of the classic Folk song, Where have all the Flowers Gone. This music is one of my Greatest Musical Hits, the Early Years. I am guessing, but I believe it was the Kingston Trio version of this song that created that connection. Here is a video from 1966 of The Kingston Trio on the Andy Williams show singing Where have all the Flowers gone:
This is a 1960s live video of Pete Seeger, who wrote the song, that starts at one minute forty seconds:
Finally, this is the 1986 live version of Where have all the Flowers Gone, by Peter Paul and Mary. This group’s musical diversity, through the sixties, kept alive my interest in Folk music even as my musical tastes turned to the Beatles and rock n’ roll music.
There are a lot of good reasons to paint Where have all the Flowers Gone, but in reality, it was this email that finally motivated me to set aside the time for this project:
“CALL FOR ARTISTS & FLORISTS
FABULOUS FLORALS & FINE ART
Pablo Center at the Confluence is seeking visual artists and floral designers to participate in Pablo Center’s group exhibit: Fabulous Florals & Fine Art. This popular annual exhibit will run March 18-22, 2020. Fabulous Florals & Fine Arts is a five-day exhibit paring visual art with floral interpretations of each art piece. We invite visual artists to submit images of their completed work for jury. Artists may submit up to three artworks. After artwork has been selected, images of the artwork will be sent to floral designers and will be the inspiration of their floral design. Selected works of art will be on exhibit at Pablo Center in the James Hansen Gallery. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 11, 2020.”
This well-attended, and colorful exhibition, comes at a good time in our Wisconsin winter. I have submitted the last two years, and both times I have received kind email rejections. This year I am stepping it up. I have kept this work small. The artwork will be full of colorful plant looking shapes, and for the first time, I will include playable music. This artwork will also have an ironic title, Where Have All the Flowers Gone. The color of the music, only white, says where have all the flowers gone. The florist will provide that answer.
Scott Von Holzen