Instrumental Art Exhibition Dublin gets extended run

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The Artistic Journey of the Violin

– Instrumental Art Exhibition

continues

featuring the Instrumental Journey of the Violin

The exhibition will remain open in time to welcome it’s 10,000th visitor next week before closing on Sunday July 8th at 6pm

– Is’nt that something!

The exhibition can be seen at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre Dublin.  It has attracted locals and tourists in their droves to the top floor of the shopping centre to view over 100 amazing pieces of Instrumental Art.

Don’t miss it!

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The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Two

Instrument Art on a Violin

Background:

The Musical Youth Foundation, a children’s charity,  sent me an invitation to paint a musical instrument.  They wished to create a greater awareness of the value of music education through their campaign:

 “Music Changed My Life”

 

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day Two

I  have always loved Michelangelo’s fresco, The Creation of Adam.  It reminds me of my teenage years backpacking around Europe and more recently by a visit with my family  to Rome and the wonders of the Vatican city. Wandering  the long corridors to the Sistine Chapel, revelling in the sculptors and magnificent wall hangings,   gazing in awe at the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis and singling out The Creation of Adam.   I could not get this image out of my mind.

Creation of Adam, Michaelangelo, Cistine Chapel, Rome, Fresco
The Creation of Adam

With the idea of painting the violin, the thoughts that arose were:

  • Parent and child – outstretched arms to impart love and care

  • Teacher and pupil – reaching out the hand of instruction and help

  • Giving and Receiving

It seemed a “must” to use this imagery as my theme.

 

My Design Strategy

I decided that I would use oils because  they would be  best suited to the  wood finish on the face of the violin.   They are also wonderful to work with and  are very forgiving,   should I need to make any adjustments.

My Working Process

Instrument art on a violin, the creation of adam, pencil sketch
Violin Art 1

I drew the first sketch in graphite pencil. 

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Violin Art 2

I then mixed varying shades in a palette combining of  Pithalo Blue,  Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White.

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Violin Art 3

I blocked in colour roughly and tried to be mindful of  tonal values and muscle tone.

I introduced more light into the main body of the violin and placed some highlights on the hands to create a better contrast between light and dark.

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Violin Art 4

In keeping with the Musical Youth Foundation, I  wrote in the top left  corner

Music Changed my Life

To create   balance in the painting, and to compliment the mood, I used a quote from Shakespeare,  for the base of the violin:

“If music be the food of love,  play on …..”

In the final orchestration of the painting, I added a few ivy leaves to create added interest and made some subtle  tonal changes.

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Violin 5

Would love to hear from you if you have an idea what to name this instrument.

Stay tuned or  sign up,  to find out  the next part of the  journey of this ornate violin.

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Instrument Art on a Violin – Day One 

The Artistic Journey of the Violin – Day One


Instrument Art and an artistic journey of a Violin

The Musical Youth Foundation, is  a children’s charity.  They  aim to provide every child on the island of Ireland with a musical education.

They  sent me an invitation!  It was their wish to create a greater awareness of the value of music education and its life changing benefits through their campaign.  Needless to say, I got drawn in on

the Artistic Journey of the Violin

“Music Changed My Life”

My challenge was to use the body of an instrument as a canvas, to create a “masterpiece” entirely of my own design.

My chosen instrument was a violin

I have come across this recently updated and comprehensive guide to buying a violin which I think might interest you:

https://www.jenreviews.com/violin

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Artistic Journey of the Violin 1 – the planning stage

Seeking Inspiration

Inspiration flowed from thoughts of music,  love and nature.  I photographed the violin in situ around my garden. There seemed to be a symmetry between the child learning the musical instrument , contrasted with the efforts of the spring flowers presenting themselves in their glory, despite the ever changing weather conditions.

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Artistic Journey of the Violin Day One – The Planning Stage

Lots of ideas crowded my thoughts – it had to be something noble enough to suit this beautiful  instrument.

 

 

I decided to wait a while and let the thoughts settle.

What would I paint?  What medium, design, colour?  Should I make it abstract?

Any ideas?

I invite you to come with me and see the journey of this violin and how it develops|

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