Painting a custom ukulele is a delicate process- especially a uke that I designed and that took more than a few years to realize. I am slowly working my way down from the headstock to the body.
See the tiny green bow tie that Lou carved? It will be mounted under the cat's chin. It is only one of the sculptural details on this very special concert uke. P.S. This cat is far from finished, this is just a progress photo taken with my ipad.
I've already shown you glimpses of my custom-built Tickler Ukulele #3 in progress, but here's a peek of the actual headstock being painted.
The bottom photo shows a test strip of a few do-dads painted on a sample piece of maple.
Lou Reimuller (luthier) did the most beautiful job building this wonderful concert ukulele and it is really getting to the final stages now. Yes, it has been slow going, but this uke is special.
I just hope my paint job will live up to the rest of the amazing and intricate details on this uke.
Design Observer's John Foster has posted a whole bunch of amazing photographs taken by photographer John Thomson of the street life in London in the late 1800s. Thomson's bio and photos were found via Luminous Lint, a website that specializes in fine photography.
Follow the link below to view more of these spectacular street photos
A few years ago, I bought an old copy of Pieter Bruegel The Drawings (Complete Edition) by Ludwig Munz, a Phaidon book from 1961. The book is thick and a little musty, but I never get tired of looking at these drawings (just as I never tire of Goya's Los Caprichos of 1799). Shown above are some examples that I found online. (Follow link to see more.) The landscape drawings, in particular, have proven to be a wonderful reference source for me as they show the architecture of mountains and streams from afar.
I always think about Van Gogh when I see Bruegel's drawings.
He must have studied them intensely. I can see a definite Bruegel influence of style and subject matter in Van Gogh's own drawings.
I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything for over a week. I hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday! I hurt my right arm and had to rest it for 5-6 days. It feels better today, so I am able to give you an update. A couple of paintings have sold including the new one "A Gymnast's Memory of Fall". The other painting is from 2009, shown above.
I have been reading the book "Summer in February" which is also a new movie . It is about artists living in Cornwall, UK in 1913. These artists include Dame Laura Knight, her husband Harold, and A.J. Munnings. It is a novel based on real people by Jonathan Smith. I have not only discovered the artists that I just mentioned by reading this book, but also some painters who came before them Jules Bastien-Lepage (the Cornwall artists all worshipped him, his magnificient Joan of Arc hangs in the Met) and Marie Bashkirtseff who wrote a journal which I now want to read.