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losing My Edge  _10This is the Final image of Losing my Edge.  The end came quickly, as everything came together.  Later, after my Birthday Dinner, I will go over the artwork and do touch up, and sign the back.  This was an interesting artwork much more experimental than my typical Birthday painting. This Birthday painting turn out to be a complicated project.  I am glad I took the extra day to paint this work. Doing it all in one day would have been too much.  I will have one more entry about this years Birthday painting, with a video discussing the artwork, and why I pick this music.


losingMyEdge_11Here is a view of this artwork from an angle so that it shows how the music floats about the background


Scott Von Holzen

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losing My Edge  _9Same this one shade of blue for the words, and that worked out perfect.  I was also able to find a spot for medium magenta with the curve line, a slur in music notation.  My last big change will be with the area around those  magenta square musics pieces that I have saved.  I have and idea what I want to accomplish, it is just that I have no idea how to make that happen.  For, like the beams, I may have to contend with trying one idea after another, while keeping a fresh damp cloth ready to wipe away my work.

Scott Von Holzen


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losing My Edge  _8I hit the wall with Losing me Edge.  I tried color after color, color on top of color, lighter and darker colors, and nothing was working on my beams, those long rectangles.  The one thing I did not do was remove my mistakes.  I dried the paint, and spread a new color over the old, using a number of techniques, leaving when possible little traces of the past. Finally, I went basic and that worked. I am back, and moving on.

LCD Soundsystem Losing My Edge:


Scott Von Holzen



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losing My Edge  _7Losing My Edge  a tribute artwork to the music of LCD SooundSystem, and is this years Birthday painting  that I started yesterday and will finish today, hopefully by late this afternoon.  This is a mid process image of objects that I have to finish. It is going good.  I am making quick choices, a must because of time constraints, and this artwork is starting to present to me the challenge of defining its final personality.

Scott Von Holzen




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losing My Edge  _6Losing my edge with the music flow in place, and the draft of the words. This is good progress for today. Tomorrow hopefully it will be a fairly easy to complete this painting.  Maybe there will be some challenge working around the mounted music, but I could not resist the fun of placing these cutouts on the artwork.

Scott Von Holzen


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Here is a minor update that required a lot of effort. What you are seeing in this image is the flow of the music.  Everything does fit in the just enough space of this artwork.  I used math to plan and calculate the amount of space that the music flow needed, but as always my best results are a smart guess.  Actually drawing in the flow in place usually has its surprises, and with this artwork there were issues.  I had to remove, shift, and replace the music flow of this artwork several times.  Luckily, my goal was to have this part done by five o’clock, and for once I was on time.  Next up,  I think,  I will have to put in the flow using my new technique using wood cutouts.

This painting will have a special discounted price. Contact me in comments for the details to buy Losing me Edge.

Scott Von Holzen

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losing My Edge _4This is the, for now, the completed Losing my Edge background. I wanted this part done by three PM, and it is now after three-thirty, so that is not too bad.  I had to rush somewhat to close out this part of the artwork, but it is worth a little stress.  Having a schedule for this painting, for completing parts,  keeps me focused on the limited amount of working hours I have left.   Next up adding the music.

Scott Von Holzen


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losing My Edge  3Losing My Edge, I am working on adding depth to the base image.  My first discovery of LCD Soundsystem occur strangely as I was looking for music documentaries on Netflix. I came upon Shut Up and Play the Hits.  This artwork is coming out of this version of Losing My Edge from that documentary:

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losing MyEdge _2Losing My Edge from the Music by LCD Soundsystem.  This artwork composed of three canvases is about forty-six inches long by about thirty-four inches in height.  All I am doing here is to putting down some paint down, to cover the white canvas,  and that fits the music theme. To keep it simple, which is important when time constraints are an issue,  I picked purple for all three canvases.  Nothing special with the technique mostly just having fun.


Scott Von Holzen

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Losing My Edge is this years 2015 Birthday Painting.  I will be starting this work today and finishing it tomorrow on my Birthday.  I have done this tradition for a several years.  In the past I have started and finished my Birthday work all in one day, on my Birthday.  This year, I am going to be kinder to me.  I have proved I can paint a work all in one day, but for the most part that time has been extremely demanding and stressful. One years I finished the work just before midnight.  So enough is enough.  Now, it is time to have fun for my Birthday.  And anyway in the past I have taken days  before preparing and lately construction the work, and  yes I did paint the entire work all in one day, but I spent much of the next day cleaning up the work, so that it has that finished look.  This year I will be starting this work today and finishing it probably on Saturday with the clean up.

Here is the video for Losing My edge.


Scott Von Holzen