Happy Easter to one and all
The Artistic Journey of the Violin
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!
Instrumental Art Exhibition Opening in Dublin
May 25th – June 24th. 2012
Exhibition Space, Top Floor, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
Opening Times Mon-Sat 11am-7pm.Thurs 11am-9pm. Sun 11am-6pm
Heaven’s Above by Donna McGee – Instrumental Art Dublin
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this exhibition, the world’s first Instrumental Art Exhibition featuring over 100 unique pieces. It is truly amazing to witness the diversity in creativity across this talented group of artists : (from violins converted to medicine cabinets and a “well heeled guitar” literally perched on high heels!)
This event has been organised by Soul Picnic in association with Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland. On 26th – 27th May, the 6th annual ‘Dublin City Soul Festival will take place live from the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park.
The event will raise much needed funds for ‘Musical Youth Foundation’ (MYF) which provides children with access to a musical education.
In addition, Merrion Square Art will continue, as always, around the railings on the Square. So feast your eyes and ears on great music and an excellent, broad range of original paintings.
p.s. Sunshine has also been arranged.
Naming the Violin
The Musical Youth Foundation charity was established in 2009 as part of the Dublin City Soul Festival project. At the heart of the project is a deep wish to have a long-term positive impact on the local and wider community by providing children on the Island of Ireland with access to a musical education.
As a part of their fundraising events, an instrumental art exhibition, featuring over 100 pieces of art will open on 24th May and this violin is what I have been working on:
Thank you to those who came up with names for this violin and the name accepted is “Heavens Above”. The instruments will eventually be auctioned off to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Stay tuned or subscribe to continue the journey of Heavens Above
Instrument Art on a Violin
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.
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
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
I drew the first sketch in graphite pencil.
I then mixed varying shades in a palette combining of Pithalo Blue, Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White.
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.
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.
Would love to hear from you if you have an idea what to name this instrument.
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Instrument Art and an artistic journey of a Violin
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:
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.
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?
I invite you to come with me and see the journey of this violin and how it develops|