Joe and Steve Wall (The Walls and formerly of The Stunning) dropped in to see my exhibition in la Galerie Impromptu, Harold's Cross and to play the Peacock Guitar.
I received the unadorned guitar about eight months ago from Chris Maher of The Musical Youth Foundation and although I began work on it almost immediately, I ran into a couple of difficulties, mostly at the finishing end (there's nothing clear about lacquer!) However, I eventually made it through.
I made a short video recording the process by which I decorated it -and then the lads give it a blast of, 'Are you Lonesome Tonight' at the end.
For anybody who likes to paint; I used Golden Artist Colours 'Fluid' paint to keep the strokes flat but still intense. In the Golden range are also some iridescent paints which were ideal for some of the bright plumage. The edges and other gold areas are gilded.
You can still see this artwork at la Galerie Impromptu until Sunday June 26, when the gallery closes and reverts to a disused laundry. The proceeds from the sale of this guitar will go to the Musical Youth Foundation who provide access to an education in music for ALL children in Ireland.