S_V_H Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531, Allegro, Image3

•05/04/2017 • 1 Comment

I have the rhythm of this artwork in place.  With this painting I am using shades from black to light gray to present to the eye a sense of movement (a fundamental of music).  Not only does this adds interest,  but it may also generate the look of motion in the rhythmic up and down flow across this artwork.  I actually tried this before as you can see in the 2012 painting Blackbird:

BlackBird, 2012

In this artwork I inserted smaller circles inside the music in different positions with the hope that a viewer would sense movement.  I used this technique, with mixed success,  on a number other works from early 2011 to early 2012,  and then stopped.  I am not sure if different shades across the artwork will work  any better to capture that illusive sense of movement in a still painting, but it may be worth pursing at less  until I reach creative boredom.  Than I can move on. This is all part of my education in that elusive chase of the next dangling carrot on my way to developing a unique artist style, and offering my never-ending curiosity, about how this all will end, renewed faith.  Maybe, over time I may even convince myself that there is a future in painting this one theme, over and over again.

In tribute to doing it again, this is my Five-hundredth blog posting.  My goal is to match Vincent Van Gogh’s  letter total of 651 to his brother Theo.  That made up challenge is in reach, as I see that the pace of development of this art form is speeding forward as planned.

Scott Von Holzen

S_V_H Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531, Allegro, Image2

•04/24/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531, Allegro, Image2

Because of the complications of this artwork I delayed posting this second image of my theme song: Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor. This acrylic artwork, made up of four canvases, metal and wood,  is 97 inches in length.  Originally, I wanted to use only three canvases, but the open stretch of 26 inches between canvases, and the demands of music, made adding another small canvas a simplifying move.

I am basing  this painting on the first movement of this concerto three-parts, but for fun here is a video form the third movement.  It displays Vivaldi’s relevancy and endurance in an exceptionally enthusiastic head shaking matter:

Classical works, let this one, have a lot longer phrases (breaks in the music) than what you see in any of my pop, jazz or blues paintings.  I have call these phrases, in the past,  the flow of the artwork.  To be truer to my music,  when speaking about the flow of the artwork, it would be better to refer to the rhythm of a painting. Rhythm, speaks to both visual goals of these artworks which is not only to have a smooth up and down movement of the music across the canvases, but that both ends of the artwork balance out each other.

I have made a noticeable change in the look of  the stems of the music that in the past, were laid flat with the wide side up. For this painting I  turn the short side of the stems to the front. This has a narrowing effect that makes the stems look more pronounced, as they stand higher than the music heads. This different design has created a concern that with the diminished size of the background,  along with the slender look of the stems, presents a look that appears more like sheet music. That would be the antithesis of this art.  I know my current plan is to diminish the look of the background, but this artworks direction will surely need some added touches to punch-up the originality

Scott Von Holzen


S_V_H Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531, Allegro

•04/07/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531, Allegro

This painting will never be for sale, and will forever hang in my studio, for this music is my theme music. I do not think I can call the first movement from a concerto a song.

This artwork is a little over eight feet in length, and uses a style busting disruption of three ten inch wide canvases that are not directly connected to each other.

Here is the first movement from Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto RV531:

This artwork is as much about building a painting, as it is about painting. I am increasingly spending project time planning, building,  solving construction and placement issues of the music, that at this point in this art history, I can say that it is not correct to call this art form acrylic painting, anymore. 

Scott Von Holzen


S_V_H When Doves Cry Final image

•04/01/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H When Doves Cry Final image

When Doves Cry 2017, acrylic paint, three canvas panels with wood and aluminum added, 52.5 inches in length by 25.75 in height.

When  Doves Cry is finished and is my second artwork dedicated to Prince.  I decided to do another Purple painting, because reluctantly, I sold the first. This artwork than shares style and the basic color themes from the painting Purple Rain, while expanding the colors and not using Purple Rain’s rounded flat disks for the purple rain.  Instead, for When Doves Cry, I poured the paint to create a better looking and rounder purple rain.  The big difference between these two works is the use of aluminum strips to connect canvases.  This new connection method used by When Doves Cry, for first time,  separates the music from the canvas.  This artwork is the result of an evolution in style that started with my first use of wood with Sweet little angel.

The first Prince painting, Purple Rain, represented a style pushed to its limits. This second Prince artwork, breaks with the past, by opening the door for other style possibilities.  When Doves Cry is a unique tribute to the originality that was Prince and his music.

Scott Von Holzen

S_V_H When Doves Cry image 1

•03/24/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H When Doves Cry image 1

This is the second painting dedicated to the music of Prince.  My first painting, Purple Rain originated from a request by a Prince fan.  The artwork ended up larger and a bigger project than first thought, and the fan turned it down because of the cost.  I was actually happy with the idea of keeping this work, considering it an unusually unique painting.  That lasted a week when, with regrets, I sold it to the Prince fan’s wife for their anniversary.

I am using the color ideas from the research I did for Purple Rain.  To make this small artwork stand out I have decided to give it its own unique twist:  I have chosen a new material to add interest and a unique look.

What is special with this painting is that hole in the artwork, in which I will float the music across. The idea of spacing between canvases originated with the artwork, Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix, where I used square pieces of wood along the backs of the canvases to connect them. The painted look of the wood looked great for that artwork,  but I had technical problems which included straightness. To avoid those issues for When Doves Cry,  I chose angled aluminum for its strength, straightness, and exceptional ease of use.

There are no YouTube videos available for When Doves Cry:

Scott Von Holzen


S_V_H I’m Already There Final Image

•03/17/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H I’m Already There Final Image


One canvas, 36 inches in length by about 22 1/2 inches in height

This is unusual, for this is the first and the final image for I’m Already There.  If you read this earlier post about the artwork, Please Remember Me, I explain why a song, I probably would never have painted, ended up as an artwork.


Here I am with the two painting set I mentioned in the earlier blog entry:

Both of these finished artworks have a country theme, shared colors, canvas size and compliment each other when place side-by-side. That means I can close the door on my time at Best Buy with the regrettable understanding that this is the only music I every remembered from that time.  Wait, I do remember one other song while I worked at Best Buy.  Not sure I heard it more than a couple of times, but it was the lyrics from Money for Nothing, by Dire Straits, that I do remember:

“We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV’s”

In that day that song was a great fit for me and Best Buy.

Scott Von Holzen

S_V_H Please Remember Me Final image

•03/13/2017 • Comments Off on S_V_H Please Remember Me Final image

One canvas panel 36″ by about 24″ high

Please Remember Me, is finished and is the first artwork where I did not adjust the music to balance with the size of the canvas.  I let the music flow where it needed to go and that makes  this little work a pivot point for what will come next.  This painting along with its partial twin,  I’m Already There, are each 36 inches in length. This size makes it easier to find the needed wall space to get this art out in public view.  To help that happen I have applied for two local art shows, and I am working on a proposal for a local art gallery.  The art of marketing this art is as important as the art.  You can’t find an audience for paintings stacked away from sight.

Throughout this project I have kept the color range close together, working in shades of blue, and greens. In this final image I have decided to throw in some miscellaneous colors that probably have nothing to do with the theme of this artwork.  I added these little color pieces, similar as you saw in Satisfaction,  for a number of reasons.  I like using the little odds-and-ends pieces of wood in bright colors, here-and-there on an artwork to break up the work and add some interest.  I also think of these extra wood pieces as fragments of the music flowing around the painting. When listening to music there are a lot of sounds that echo, that blend, or taper off,  and that is what these little wood add-on pieces are there to represent.  It all adds up to making an artwork fun to look at.

Scott Von Holzen