Size: 297mm x 210mm
Original Painting Medium: Mixed Media
This painting includes two of my most favourite musical instruments, the flute and the mandolin. Since childhood I have always enjoyed listening to and playing music. After learning to play the recorder at school I taught myself to play the guitar. For my 21st birthday I received a flute, which I still enjoy playing today. Whether with keyboards, guitar or flute, many an enjoyable hour has been passed playing music, allbeit for my own pleasure. If not playing my instruments I also enjoy looking at and holding them. Each is a beautiful work of art.
With this in mind I decided to portray both my flute and mandolin. Displayed upon a large piece of green velvet with the sheet music as a backdrop, I used coloured pencils, pastels and pen and ink. This painting, titled Hobbies plus Hobbies Fine Art Prints and Hobbies Greetings Cards are available from my Gallery Shop.
The lute, appearing in Europe in the 10th century AD, was to become one of the most popular instruments of renaissance Europe.
Developing from the lute, the mandolin originated in Italy at the beginning of the 18th century and is still played today. Early instruments were extravagantly decorated with inlaid ebony, ivory and mother-of-pearl. These beautiful instruments, though quite exquisite; were made with no regard to the natural source of these materials. The mandolin has always been most popular in Italy, often providing the melody to the accompaniment of the guitar.
Side-blown flutes originated in Asia, where they were depicted as early as the 9th century BC. During the Middle Ages they were chiefly associated wtih military music, but by the middle of the 17th century had become more important as an instrument of the opera and court orchestra. The earliest flutes had no keys and some notes were poor in quality and inaccurate in pitch. The addition of keys to correct these defects was a gradual process. Radical changes were made by Theobald Boehm of Munich in the early 1830s and his design has remained largely unaltered until the present day. Boehm also introduced all-metal flutes, which have largely replaced wooden flutes because of their greater power and durability.