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.
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