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

 

S_V_H Please Remember Me image 2

With this second image you can see the music going where it needs to go, with little concern for the  attached canvas.  This less contained design needs extra time to figure out the details of design,  positioning,  and securing of  the wood pieces.  I find myself taking more time planning and constructing that has challenged my carpenter skills,  and that rivals my time painting the artwork. I would like to see, when it works, if I can let the music move even more freely off and around the canvas.

Wikipedia says that painting on canvas began around the end of the 15th century with Venice Italy as a leader. Now it is the 21st century, and in keeping with the past practices I started painting music by using the canvas as a containment for my subject, music.  Only in the last year has this relationship between subject and painting surface began to change. At this moment I am now wondering if I should look at a piece of stretch canvas as more of a docking source, for the music, instead of the traditional material needed to hold the subject.

With this work I have had a lot of issues at attempts and errors to find the right combination of colors that are in harmony with the artwork and the music. At first the starting colors comes from the music, Then later in the project the color plan shifts to the painting. That is when I balance the colors of the artwork to build a stronger harmony for visual impact, and hopefully a good first impression.  It is in those first few seconds when a viewer gazes at an artwork,  that the hook needs to be set.  That doesn’t guarantee a successful paining, but it does help the artwork to find its own story.

Scott Von Holzen

 

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please_1Please Remember Me, is on a short list of those rare Country Music songs that I have painted.  The trend for a country song to end up on my artworks list is that I have a story to tell about the music.  I passed story comes with the artwork, Waymore’s Blues, by the Artist Waylon Jennings. The story for Please Remembers Me follows below the video.

I think the video story board for Please Remember Me is awful, although I do like the colors.  In the beginning  Tim McGraw is sitting  on an out-of-place worn metal bench by the ocean.  And what is up with the flip lighter he seems to cherish?  As far as colors I am using that bench which shows up in the stripping and the  random red color.  I also used shades of muted blues and blue greens from the creepy and eerie opening ocean wave scenes.

Here is the video and lyrics from Please Remember Me:

“Just like the waves down by the shore
We’re gonna keep on comin’ back for more
‘Cause we don’t ever want to stop
Out in this brave new world you’ll see
Ov’r the valleys and the peaks
And I can see you on the top”

In a change of style,  I am greatly increasing the size of the music in proportion to size of the canvas.  In the past to give the music a solid foundation my standard practice was to generally match the size of the canvas with that of the music flow.  The results were that the smaller canvas the smaller the music. You can see this effect in the Artwork With a Little Help, and with Heaven’s Wall.  I have never been comfortable with small music, so that is one of the reasons why I have not painted a lot of small canvases.

It was with the larger length artwork Mon coeur s’ ouvre à ta voix that you see this trend beginning to change.  The issue I found with this painting, and that has held me back from pursuing,  was that this artwork turned out to be fragile, requiring careful handling.  With Please Remember Me using  improved techniques I think I can make the music bigger
than the canvas.

Scott

 

 

Here is a Story for the Country song that comes with a twist:

In 2000 I returned to a Technical College to re-train for a new career. To keep money coming in I also started working part-time at Best Buy in the Computer Sales group.  In a year or so I switched positions to the Computer Tech Bench doing mostly computer repairs, which was more in align  with my major.

It was during those working times before or after close of the store that they would turn up the volume on the overhead speaker system to play the latest eclectic Best Buy promotional music CD.  For me I enjoyed this musical connection as all of us went about putting everything in order, stocking or arranging shelves, updating the to do and check lists or going over items received for service and such.  It would be later when the discarded older versions of these Best Buy CDs would end up at the Tech Bench.  We than used CDs  for sound testing purposes, and that is when I first heard this particular country song that surprised me how much I enjoyed listening to it.

When working at the Tech bench I stood behind the customer service girls and faced the back wall of computers that needed setup or repair.  I actually enjoyed this small isolation with my computers over the frequent customer interruptions.  It was in those turned away moments where I develop this connection to this one country song. I kept coming back to this one track over a several weeks  when sound testing, until the CD finally disappeared from the Tech bench, and the song was forgotten. My Country Music list of likable songs is just a little longer than my Heavy Metal or Punk music, so when a country song affects me as much as that one did at Best Buy, you would think I would remember it even to this day.  Well, I did not.

Than along came the song Please Remember Me which popped up out of nowhere during my search for music I wanted to paint.  The song seemed familiar to me, but I could not place it. It wasn’t until I flash back to my Best Buy years that I began to wondered if Please Remember Me could be that lost special country song.

I worked at Best Buy starting in 2000, to 2003. According to Wikipedia Tim McGraw release Please Remember Me in 1999 and it became his biggest single hit,  spending five weeks at the top of the chart.  I could see that track showing up easily on a Best Buy CD, so it could have laid around the Tech Bench.  Also, my reaction to this music seemed to be deeper than just knowing the song, as if I had a lost history.   My conclusion was that it must have been that song from my time at  Tech Bench. That is when I decided to paint Please Remember Me.  I felt good about that decision until this blog entry.

In writing in this blog I kept thinking back to my time at Best Buy in search of more details. During one of those flashing back moments I recalled a song about a guy being away from his home and family on one of those Best Buy CDs. I checked the Billboard Hot Country Chart and in 2001 I found Lonestar’s I’m Already There, that match those memories. That songs timing was much closer to my time at the Tech Bench, and it spent six weeks as number one on the Hot Country chart.

Here is that video and the lyrics:

“I’m already there
Take a look around
I’m the sunshine in your hair
I’m the shadow on the ground
I’m the whisper in the wind
I’m your imaginary friend
And I know I’m in your prayers
Oh, I’m already there”

Since I already have my first image of Please Remember Me, and on its own this music is powerful, well written and beautiful to listen to, my plan is to finish this project.  I  have this connection to it for unknown reasons, including a little part of me thinking that this Tim McGraw song could have been a track on one of those Best Buy CDs.  But, my conclusion for now is, that the mysterious country song that I listen to while working at the  Best Buy Tech Bench sometime in the early 2000s was, I’m Already There by Lonestar.

I consider Please Remember Me to be the better of the two songs.  I also know that I probably would never paint this Lonestar song unless it was a commissioned work.  Still, non of that changed my decision that I will paint both of these classic country songs on the same size canvases.   My plan is to treat them as if they are a set, connected by a misguided story about a lost song.

Scott Von Holzen