About two weeks ago I began work on this project. I am taking part in an exhibition organised by the Musical Youth Foundation, as part of the 6th annual Dublin Soul Music Festival next month (May 24th-27th). The Musical Youth Foundation is charity which aims to provide every child in Ireland with access to a musical education.
The brief was to use a guitar as your canvas.
The surface of the guitar was sanded down. I painted it white. Then I began to draw the figures of the children and decide what each one was doing - playing ball, singing, etc... When all the figures were completed and the place was decided for each I fixed them to the guitar and finally varnished the whole thing.
The children I've drawn represent my daughter and her friends... They know who they are.... Each activity represents that particular child's interests/personality.
I used a different set of sheet music for the neck of the guitar as I knew I wanted a line-up of items on this part and I wanted the contrast of the older sheet music against the newer and brighter page of the background. The song on the newer sheet music is a song about youth.
The brief was to paint the front of the body and neck, but I was enjoying this so much I decided to carry on and decorate the back as well. This part I covered in sheet music.
You can see that I have glued my card to the inside of body - just noticeable through the sound hole. I wanted to put my stamp on it somewhere but it didn't seem right to scrawl a signature on the guitar after all my hard work. I noticed that the maker's name, brand, etc., is stamped inside the guitar so that's where my card went.
And now here's another celebration of musical youth; Bobby Benson and his Baby Band!