S_V_H I Will Always Love you Final Image

Two canvases with aluminum and wood features. 47.75 in Length by about 18.75 in height

I Will always Love you is finally finished. Although I did not have to, I picked an interesting, and challenging part of the music to paint. The problem is that it took so long to complete that I developed a new idea I would like to try.  This painting, I Will Always…., shares the same basic style of connecting  two canvases together with aluminum strips that I started in April with When Doves Cry.  Since than it has worked well with the music, but I don’t want my artwork to be too repetitive, so I am taking a little style break.

For this painting I was never crazy about combing the colors of turquoise and brown. That was the request of the owner of this artwork.  If I had to do it all over again I would have went with even smaller canvas to diminish the turquoise.  To compensate for the larger canvas I did try to cover up, or break up,  as much of the turquoise as I could with different shades of brown. I do like that I used different shades of the turquoise. I have been using a lot of solid colors for backgrounds lately, which is less interesting. For the future I think I will go with different shades of a single color, but keep the shading a lot closer together. I think in that way I can have the clean look of a solid, without being boring.

I used the Rainbow Flag colors to give this painting its own special look, and by only using the one word, love, I  covered the meaning of this music to the owners.

There you go. Another painting, that lucky for me is not headed to storage, but to Missouri.

Next up, I plan on doing something different.

Scott Von Holzen

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This is the third image of the music I will Always Love You. I think I have now found a shade of brown that visually works with the turquoise, for this commissioned work.  Because of the number of music pieces needed I also had to cut their size to keep this artwork under the planned 48 inches or less. I used eight inch canvases for this artwork, which resulted in the background being a little too large in comparison to the music. Saying that  I probably should have used six-inch canvas. Wow, that surprises me.

Only a couple of years ago did I lose the idealism of my youth that painting bigger artworks would have a larger impact, and would fit nicely along with the other big works in a contemporary gallery at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  I think the finishing of the Vivaldi Four Seasons paintings, in early 2015 drained my want to paint big.  Also, there was the dramatically increase in shipping costs,  the difficulty in storing large artworks in a limited storage space, and the realization that my patron class had small walls for artworks and even smaller wallets.  My smartest move became to paint small. To become one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen, you first have to be seen, and not just stored.

Here is a nice tribute video of Jennifer Hudson singing I Will Always Love You:


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This image shows the most difficult part of this music theme.  I could have saved a lot of time by using a third canvas to place this music on. I did not want to.  That would have made this music too typical by sitting on top of another piece of  boring canvas background.  I like the effect and the challenge of letting great music float about and around the background. Doing this brings this art form closer to  representing the fluid movement of music.   Still, the canvases stabilize the music, make the artwork portable, and give a neutral back drop. That makes them useful. For now,  I am going to let it stay that way.

The requested colors for this artwork are turquoise and brown.  That combination would not be a first choice.  I started by painting the canvases a medium brown. I did not like that look. Brown is not a color I associate with the unrequited love theme. I painted over the brown using different shades of turquoise. Visually, that worked better.  For the music I used a different brown that I  applied in transparent layers. I still would like to cut the overall impact of the turquoise background.  I could do that by using different shades of brown and small pieces of brighter accent colors.

So it goes.

Scott Von Holzen

S_V_H I Will Always Love you image 1

This is a commissioned work based on the theme I will Always Love you,  a song, written by Dolly Parton but made famous by Whitney Houston. I didn’t think much of this song, that is until I watched the video. For  reasons beyond music a good video can change a good song into a block buster.  Check it out and see what I mean:

They owners of this artwork requested the colors brown and turquoise.  At first I painted the canvases a brown look,  and that failed measurably: I could not see the color brown as a great love song color being sung by a woman.  Maybe,  I needed a different brown,  but I decided to cut-my-loses and repainted the canvas using short vertical strokes off different shades of turquoise. After drying I realize that because of music those lines needed to be horizontal, so I repainted the canvases with longer horizontal stripping.  That did work.  Than, I still needed the color brown, as requested, and I decided to use the color brown for the music. I did change my first brown choice from Burnt Umber light to a more transparent Brown Iron Oxide.  With this brown choice I had better control by being able to apply in layers.

I needed  the colors brown and turquoise to dominated this artwork, but I felt that such a combination was out of my comfort zone.  Judging from past experiences I knew such things is what commissioned works do. They always challenge, with the benefits being both educational and inspirational.

Scott Von Holzen