I have done enough with this artwork to be able to call it completed. With a little help from my friends consists of two canvas 58 inches in length by 15 inches in height. My worksheet for this painting dates August 29th, and today’s finish date is October 2nd. That is a long time on one work, but I must admit there are good reasons.
On September 15th my Father passed away. No one thought his time was so near, although we where all aware of his continual decline. Still, it was a shock. No matter your age it is always hard to lose a parent. You have known only two people all your life and that is your Mom and Dad. When my Mom passed away in 2001 I still had my Dad to hold on to that connection. When Dad passed away that Tuesday morning, I felt that last brick slip away from under what was my foundation, my link to my beginnings. Life is for the living, and 2016 will be a new start, and I will built on other foundations I have created in my life, but that last first brick, that started it all will be forever cherished, missed, and now lost forever.
At the start of a new week I did returned to work for three days, which was awful. Thankfully, when needed the most, on the 24th of September I flew out to Pennsylvania, having booked this trip in June. My destination was Richland, to visit my fellow garage band member, Tom Haley. Our best guess was that it has been well over 20 years since we where last together. I spent six days with him. All six days where each an exceptional experience for the both of us. I liked knowing that each day I would be doing not only fun things, but also seeing things that where different from my daily experiences. That was important, by being away from my routine life I could then enjoy a new me filled with new conversations, a lot of Art, and much different thoughts.
Tom and I took a bus to New York for the day. We spend most of the afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art. I saw all the paintings I have seen only in books. I took a lot of pictures, and we walked through a great Picasso sculpture exhibition that both of us enjoyed. The Modern surprised me. I am not sure my art would fit with the contemporary art that they had on display. I feel the dream of mine to walk into a gallery and see one of my artworks may be an out-of-place expectation for the Modern. If there is a next time, that I am in New York, I will go to the Guggenheim to see if that would be a better fit for this art. Time will tell.
Below at the Modern is Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon that changed the course of modern art. This photograph taken by Haley, shows what bad lighting, and not knowing when to smile all come together in this classic forgettable snapshot, that surely will live on forever.
Here is a familiar Picasso sculpture among many familiar Picasso sculptures I have seen in print:
What turned out to be two nice surprises, among our day trips, was first, at a local museum call The Reading Public Museum were they had a wonderful exhibition of Futurism works on paper. The first work called The Swimmer by Giulio D’Anna I especially like, for he is creating a sense of motion through line and color. That is always been my first goal with every artwork, to work on creating movement of the music flow across the canvas. The other work Music by Pippo Rizzo of course I liked because of a sheet of music in the artwork. I believe I can learn about movement from Futurism.
The other great surprise was the Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia. Below, is the only picture I could take, for they do not allow any photography of the collection. Our time in the Barnes moving from one surprising gallery of artworks to the next, amazed us. I have visited a number of art museums in the world, but I must tell you this would be the best collection of Impressionism, post impressionism and early modern works you will every see under one roof. Truly, and understatement to say this collection is spectacular. What a tribute to Albert C Barnes, one of America’s greatest art collectors.
Continuing the bad lighting theme below this is my video commenting on With a little help from my friends artwork.
I really do not have much to say about this artwork, too much time has passed, with too much else clouding my feelings towards this painting. For now I do believe I did the best I could do. I have finished this artwork. Hopefully, this small gem, will accomplish what I have originally planned for it. Again, time will tell.
Time also requires me to move on. Next up, I will doing another small work based on the music, once again, written by Bruce Springsteen. This is a more traditional styled Gospel song that I called Heaven’s Wall.
Scott Von Holzen