Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sounds of Summer

A few summers ago, I felt like doing something different. Something fun. Something bright and colourful!

I've played guitar for over 10 years (not very well) and I decided to blend my love of music with art by painting a guitar. I had never done much painting on paper or canvas, let alone musical instruments, but it seemed like a good idea. If you never try new things you'll never expand your repertoire. I admit it wasn't all that ambitious but you have to start somewhere...

To kick it off, I picked up a cheap guitar from a nearby pawn shop. It didn't sound too good before I started so at least I wouldn't need to worry about ruining the sound (which I did). Leaving the strings on, I sanded off the front of the body of the guitar and applied several layers of white paint as an undercoat. I then sketched out a simple design, picked some colours and started painting.

Applying a few layers each of blue and yellow, I ended up with the bright, slightly psychedelic design below.

The entire process took less than a week - most of which I was watching paint dry. It was quick and straightforward but fun. I currently have a similar project planned in which I'll further explore the process of painting a guitar and blend in concepts of life and nature. Stay tuned!

A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence. 

Leopold Stokowski

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