"MUSIC MAKES PEOPLE MORE BEAUTIFUL"
Declares this wooden plaque. I submitted this for a Sparta Art Contest back in 2015. Combining colors and patterns on each clarinet key and letter on the plaque, using old nail polish, of all things, was a fun outlet for my visual creativity.
I received 2nd place in the adult multi media division.
But even more, this was the seed of an enterprise which I have been able to explore even more in 2018 and going forward into 2019.
I found a wholesaler in Maine to supply broken instruments, which cannot be repaired, to "art" with. Clarinets, flutes, and trumpets: all in various conditions. The wholesale clarinets I recently bought are all missing mouthpieces, so I am going to attempt to create lamps from them.
I also had this wonderful tuba character donated by a music friend here in Grand Rapids this past summer. So far, I've only designed and primed it. I expect, due to the surface area, the tuba will take some time to complete.
Here, I am currently working on my first flute. In the process, I first sketch out color and design ideas. Then I disassemble joint by joint, and paint each part of the body and key separately. There are often several layers, and steps in painting/drying for each key.
The slideshow below details the finished clarinet I art-ted fall 2018. I used oil paints, craft beads, and oil paint markers for the details.
What do you think? Do you have ideas for designs/color schemes I could use?
Do you have an old instrument you'd like me to transform for you?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments!