Tools of My Other Trade

Ordinarily, my job as a musician runs alongside my work as a visual artist. However, these are not ordinary times and, as such, I haven’t been able to perform with the band for almost a year now. In light of this, I decided to try and get ‘close’ to my instruments again and represent them in a lino print. This is the result – intentionally black and white and intentionally simple. I do play guitar as well but another instrument would have affected the balance of the image.

Art of Mandolin

By way of a diversion from my on-going Green Man project, I have been carving a design inspired by the triskele-like designs on the Newgrange Tomb entrance stone, onto a mandolin. I first stripped back the original sunburst finish to the bare wood, before carving the design using a Dremel tool.

The surface was then dyed (English Light Oak) before being polished using beeswax. I feel the mandolin now has a well-used, almost antique look to it.

Click on the picture to hear the mandolin in action.