This is the final image of the project Blood Brothers, now titled as My Brothers. This artwork has run its course. My worksheet has a beginning date of 12-29-2019. I finished this work on the twentieth of February. Thankfully, my time was not all spent on finishing this project.
I finally step it up and built a new website, updated the links to https:// and had it installed with the help of Brett Widmann a friend from my old workdays. This new main site will be easier to maintain. It also gives me the opportunity to present a greater range of personal artist insight and videos that explain the art. On line and in these blog entries hopefully, I can build a stronger connection with the viewer.
My style with My Brothers now completes a phase of this evolution that started early last year. I have seen good progress but would like even more changes in how I represent visually music. One option I am looking at is to build my artworks in smaller sections and then mount them on some kind of background. If nothing else, I am looking at breaking away from the regimented look of my flow that still resembles sheet music. The music it is displaying will still define the art, but for 99.9 percent of all viewers, the fewer notation rules I follow the more interesting art. And finally, I have to figure out how to better integrate the visual with the audio. Like I mentioned, my audio is no longer that easy to follow along with the flow of the artwork. So, that means most viewers don’t know what to do. Either they can look randomly at the artwork while listening to the music or pay no attention to the artwork while listening. Or finally, stick with how it used to be by trying to follow the flow of the artwork when listening to the music. My challenge is to make the viewing of the artwork and the listening to the audio a seamless experience. Once I figure out how to do that. I think I am on my way.
My final thought on this artwork is that I like the scratched and dent look. This artwork presents a real-life image with plenty of meaning, without preaching or lecturing the viewer. This look comes from the lyrics from the song Blood Brothers:
Always movin’ ahead and never lookin’ back
Now I don’t know how I feel, I don’t know how I feel tonight
If I’ve fallen ‘neath the wheel, if I’ve lost or I’ve gained sight
I don’t even know why, I don’t know why I made this call
Or if any of this matters anymore after all
I’ll keep movin’ through the dark with you in my heart
My blood brother” – Bruce Springsteen
Finally, moving along.
Scott Von Holzen