I am always up for a new challenge when it comes to painting, and the Musical Masterpieces project for the Palm Beach Symphony was just that. The idea was for Zero Empty Spaces artists to breathe life into broken, unrepairable violins and other instruments in order to auction them off as a fundraiser for the symphony's youth education fund. I had never painted on a violin or case before, but jumped at the chance to apply my style of portraiture to a three dimensional object. Twenty seven artists created a total of thirty eight works of art.
The Palm Beach Symphony opens the season on November 7 with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, followed by Mozart's Requiem, which is why I chose to paint those composers. The Russian, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is depicted on the case, with sheet music specific to the violin for his "Symphonie No. 5." Mozart, from Austria, is on the violin, also with sheet music specific to the violin for his Requiem. The backside of each piece has the composer's signature and a clear, glossy spot varnish of the symphony title. Watch the portraits come to life in this time lapse video:
The project and silent auction concludes on November 10, 2021. The link to view and bid on all instruments is https://qtego.net/qlink/palmbeachsymphony. My case and violin are item #128. Bidding is open to anyone and the violin and case can be shipped to the winning bidder if necessary. All instruments are on display at Zero Empty Spaces working artist studios (11300 Legacy Ave. Suite 140, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 33410) and in front of Nordstrom at the Gardens Mall. All of these works of art are definitely worth seeing in person if you get the chance!