paintings of my guitars (series 1)

So for years i've collected vintage electric guitars....partly for their sound and tone, but partly (and largely, honestly) for their beautifully sexy shapes and looks...

Some have been great instruments that play and sound incredible, and some have really not, but each one has a unique and artistic design, from the shape and curves of the body, to the sparkling chrome pickups, tremolos, and tailpieces....

There's something indescribably magical to me about each one of these instruments, and there's something about them that deep down inside just makes me happy...just to look at them. To me, each one is more than simply an instrument. Each one is a work of art in and of itself...

So with that sentiment in mind a number of years ago, I began painting...trying to capture one beautiful aspect, one detailed curve, of each one of my guitars.

Eventually I moved on to other art projects, but I thought I'd post a retrospective of some of my favorites...

Here is the first series:  

reverend slingshot
mosrite combo
fender resonator
fender coronado 2
fender P bass special
fender gemini
gretsch superaxe
fender starcaster
series 10

love in STL closeup...

one kind of neat little feature (that no one can really appreciate in the portfolio picture) of the "love in STL" piece is that the heart is actually a separate piece, adhered to the top of the blue state of Missouri…giving a a cool kind of raised appearance when you see the piece close-up...

Relay & Run for 21

my pal Jeff asked me to do a pair of pieces to be awarded to the winners of the Relay & Run for 21 race in March...an annual race for charity to provide funding and raise awareness for Down Syndrome. I was honored to be able to contribute to the cause.

here are the winners of the male and female categories...

next race march 22nd 2015!

women winner final.jpg
men winner final.jpg

all of thèse fleurs...

probably one of my most repeatedly-requested pieces...

here are a few of the many I've done

blue fleur
pink fleur
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