S_V_H Heaven’s Wall Final Image


Heaven’s Wall is finished. This little work, only 40 inches in length, turned out to be an experimental artwork where I changed up my style.   One new change occurred in the background where I added curved lines on each panel. I then shaded along those lines to blend out some of the stripping. This accomplished three things:  added motion to the background, broke up the stripping (a more musical look), and finally created overall a large amount of added interest.   This I followed up with another exercise in drip painting.  Although I answered some questions, and accomplished what I wanted to,   I still do not have consistent control, or a comfortable feeling towards dripping.

That first flow note on the left I manage to create a different look based on an earlier work, Fine and Mellow.  I like the use of the colors pink and green around that note,  Those colors where also used in the far right panel, which helps to unite the three canvases.

Heaven’s Wall is my first artwork that has a feel for Gospel music, although I probably would not say that this is a Gospel piece, more Rock than church choir,  the music certainly is up lifting and the words do have a Gospel message.  The decision to paint Heaven’s Wall came easy.  I was out walking, and wondering what I was going to paint next, when this song played in my headset.  I ignored the fact I had recently finished another Bruce Springsteen artwork, The Ghost of Tom Joad,  maybe because the timing of the music fit the time I was in at that moment of choice.

Tomorrow,  I will embed a video about this finished painting in this blog.  In that video I could say something which inspired me to create this painting, but I will probably not.  At this point my only thoughts are I am glad the project is over,  lets clean up,  and put together the next  artwork, to see if I can do better.

I start each artwork with lots of enthusiasm, purpose, thought, and dedication.  When finished  all that euphoria that went into the painting has all emptied out, in what you see in it.   The finished work is then left alone on the easel, waiting its turn to be slowly moved about, from here to there, until it finally finds its self stack, losing its identity,  one among  all the others.

Scott Von Holzen

S_V_H Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace was sold today.    Amazing Grace has left the studio to begin its own journey through this world.  The people that purchased it, Mary and Dan L, where touching in their story, with Mary saying that Amazing Grace meant much to her helping her get through some very tough times in her life.  Sure, she hopes it will be a good investment, and that is also the artist goal to have the painting worth ten times the value of their home.  But that was not the main reason they purchased this artwork.  And that is not the main reason this music was painted.

Each of these artworks speaks to the greatness of ONE song, and Mary and Dan both saw that and this artist will be forever grateful to them.  These humble people, are not avid art collectors, the kind that most artists dream of connecting with, they are more than that.  Much more, and for that they will be a great motivation to keep perusing this artist journey like what has just begun for Amazing Grace.  A journey, hopefully offering more of the best of surprises , like Mary and Dan.

Thank you
Scott Von Holzen