Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No1 image21 final

Closeup image of completed work. Full image available at  There have been thousands, of thousands, of more thousands of brush strokes.  Already the last stoke has been blended into all the rest and like the rest they have all drifted out of memory and into a finish work.  Another thousand could have been place, and some could have had their effort made know, but there are only so many thousands left and it was time to take the brush in a different dab.

Chopin’s Nocturne Op.9 No.1 Image 8

This close up is some of today modifications.  The secondary image is not quite the whole painting and shows yesterdays efforts.  Just to make it clear this is just the background to the music that will be begun late this evening or tomorrow.  Hey, I am getting to the point where there is a push to move on.  It is just the matter of reaching the point where what is done is all that can be expected.  Each painting like each person has depths that cannot be understood but only accepted.  That was taught to me by the  Velveteen Rabbit, you’re only ugly to those that don’t understand, or so it goes.  So it goes.

Scott Von Holzen

Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9 No.1 Image 6

This is a close up of this painting  from last night.   This base is not finished but I wanted to post a close up because of the canvas size it is hard to see the detail.  Since then there has been, and it is still going on, more paint that has been freely spread on this canvas.  The feeling of being finished, or acceptable, just is not there, yet.

The mood does not seem right. On bright side, as soon as it dries there will be more room for more paint.  Sooner then later, something will come together and it will just be known to move on.  It always happens, even though right now, there is wonder.

Scott Von Holzen

Chopin’s Nocturne Opus 9 No.2

This is the start of  a three panel work twelve feet in length.  Something I am realizing more is that when starting a new canvas the efforts come in small pieces.   First the yellow was put down and then after it was dry the magenta was added.  Now that has dried and I have pick it up the canvas off  of the floor and am now questioning if I should next add a dark blue with a roller to fill in a bit, and then palette knife that same color or just let it all settle in and see what tomorrow brings.

I wonder if every artist that has become comfortable with their efforts in the past go about the progression of their new work in a similar way?  I  have no doubt that Vincent had his routine.

OK,  after sitting away from the painting and starring  I have decided to do this:  I picked up today two small canvases 12 inches by 36 inches, and I think I am going to put them together and start another project.

Does that make and logical sense based on the previous conversion? Probably not, but thinking in logical paths gets to no where.

What I am thinking is I like working BIG.  I like walking across the work and moving about which is what you can do with a large canvas.  So, doing a small canvas, I am thinking boring……,.. again…, I am going to do this small canvas and do an excerpt, or something related to, the large work.  Hey, who knows it could work and for sure there is a need to produce small works.

Scott Von Holzen