Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Leaves, Stems, Fairies and Doves

Here is the first stage of a 'Clarsach' soundboard decoration that I started last week.
As soon as I have the design traced on, I always feel very keen to get going with the paint.

Here it is with the first coat of all the colours blocked-in.

Inside my shed studio, with delicious music playing of course, I was toasty warm ...

... whilst outside the shed - very cold.


The finished design with several more coats of gold, bronze and silver
plus burnt sienna for the dark brown edging.



30 comments:

  1. Gerry, you are a true craftsman. My sincere compliments to you.

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    1. Cheers Steve, we've been entertained in the garden with the odd Fieldfare and yesterday a female Blackcap. Hope this weather's brought you a few interesting garden visitors too.

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  2. Dear Jerry, you work an art  so ancient and special that gives me emotions to watch.
    The external beauty must correspond to a perfect system to produce perfect sound ... I really admire this art. Sometimes you will put on the blog a music that comes from an instrument made ​​by you?

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    1. Thanks Rita, and for mentioning the sound aspect too. We do like to make our harps look how our customers wish them to look but it is the sound that is the most important thing. I'll have a think about putting some music up although I find that harp music through a computer does loose so much of the depth and tone.

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  3. Hola Jerry. Es una obra delicada y exquisita. Me gusta el paso a paso con las fotos, así podemos hacernos una idea del laborioso y hermoso trabajo que realizas. Parece que hace mucho frío, puedo ver vuestro jardín todo nevado. En primavera todo será diferente :) Mi enhorabuena y un abrazo.

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    1. Hola Sonia. It was enjoyable to paint but I'm always up against time pressures to get it finished. We are certainly all very ready for Spring to come; I can't wait to see the snowdrops, daffodils, tulips and then the bluebells emerge (not to mention all the early moths):)

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  4. This looks absolutely fantastic, I am in awe !

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    1. Jane you are too - kind but I'm glad you like it.

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  5. Really beautiful Jerry! You are so talented. Whenever we see someone on the television with a modern looking harp we wonder if perhaps it is one of your lovely instruments.

    Your shed studio looks so luxurious ;-) I know we have seen it before but I had no idea you had a sofa in there too! It looks a very nice little retreat. If you were to have a domestic dispute with Karen (which I'm sure you don't ;-) ) you could easily decamp there :-)

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    1. Thanks Jan. Yes of course we never ever have any arguments - well almost! The sofa is actually a sofa bed so I could stay down there for days (I wouldn't go thirsty either!!) Our lovely neighbours gave it to us when I was building it.

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  6. Delicada decoración para las arpas, Jerry. Me recuerda el art nouveau o el arte de Alphonse Mucha. Enhorabuena por ese cálido estudio. Por otra parte, a pesar del frío, a nuestro hijo le encantaría ese jardín nevado, hacer muñecos de nieve o hacer bolas de nieve. En fin, ya llegará la primavera. Un abrazo para todos.

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    1. Francesc, you flatter me too much with the Alphonse Mucha comparison; but I think one of his illustrtions named 'Spring' shows a figure playing a harp! Yes your son would have loved the snow I'm sure. Children here have been making many snowmen etc. and also enjoying the schools being cloed!

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  7. This is unbelievable, Jerry! It looks beautiful just with the first coat of color blocked in!!..This is going to be fantastic....and I have to tell you...I was in shock to see your shed studio..this is an Artists' dream !!

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    1. Thanks Hilda, 'The Shed' is very versatile - it is a studio, summer-house, home cinema, a place for sleepovers, brewery, wildlife centre including a nest box with a camera and my moth trap...

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    1. Thank you Julie, you are very kind.

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  9. just gorgeous work, jerry. so impressive!

    and i'm glad you had the snow as long as it lasted. :)

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    1. Glad you liked it TWG, to be honest we've all had enough of the snow and hope that's the last of it this winter.

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  10. This is beautiful, such a lovely design and set off with the colours you have used. Your work space looks such a nice peaceful escape to work in.

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    1. Thank you Ann, it's not quite so peaceful when the tumble dryer's going but to be honest it doesn't bug me that much and it helps keep the shed warm.

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  11. Jerry, so lovely -- you are quite the artist. And I love the sweet dolls your wife made. Just adorable. I have a photo of my 3-year old niece with a Raggedy Ann doll I made her that was almost as big as she was. She's now in her thirties with two children of her own. Homemade is the best!

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    1. Yes I so agree with you about hand-made Mary. It's especially lovely when something such as your doll, is loved over a lifetime.

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  12. Gosh Jerry your work is just so beautiful.

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  13. Truely beautiful in every way. Whenever I hear the harmonious sounds of the harp, it pulls at my heart strings too. It's so blissfully calming, and I also like the white doves you chose to add to the beautiful decoration, as they are also symbolic of peace.

    Your shed just keeps getting better and better with every picture you post:)

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    1. Sonjia, I so agree about the sound of the harp. Last week Prof. David Watkins popped in - his car fan wouldn't stop and then the battery ran flat so while waiting for the AA he played most of the harps in our showroom - for almost the entire afternoon! When I wasn't in the show room listening, I was working with my door propped open - such a treat! At home we often say that putting up shed is one of the best things we've done but I hasten to add that most of the bottles and demijohn's you can see at the back are empty!

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