From time to time I like to visit exhibitions and galleries to see some great works of art, but I do also search for drawings and paintings online. As a musician and Bluegrass fan I especially like to watch paintings and drawings of musicians and instruments.
Today I want to present five websites with pictures of musicians, instruments and bands – bluegrass, folk, plucked instruments and much more.
I wish you a lot of fun with this “painted music”.
Mockingbirds at Midnight – Maggie Sloan
Maggie Sloan presents her drawings and paintings including many drawings of musicians and instruments:
Painting and drawing and playing tunes are the things that make life real, They are what makes my life matter. These, and berry pie.
Robin Hoffman is a regular visitor of the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn, NY and makes a lot of sketches of the bands playing there. The theater is also used for exhibitions, and Robin Hoffman had an exhibistion of her works there. She uses those sketches as a base for her paintings, but she decided to make the sketches available too in her blog. You can find her pictures on her homepage.
Welcome to my sketchbook blog! These are sketches that I do live during shows, mostly at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. Later, I work over some of them into finished paintings.
I had a show of paintings on the walls at Jalopy (which is also an art gallery), from November, 2009 – January, 2010. I do a lot of sketching and a lot of studies, and it’s great fun. Sometimes people like to see the live drawings, so I created this diary. I also have a small book for sale, and you can read about that here.
Graham Blair is a drawer and designer of posters, flyers and logos. I have discovered his homepage when I searched for pictures of Emory Lester. On page illustrations you can find drawings of some bluegrass musicians that he has made for the North Bluegrass Magazine – including drawings of Bill Monroe, Emory Lester and David Grisman. On page layouts you can find pages of the North Bluegrass Magazine that were designed by Graham Blair. You can also find ads, posters and logos designed by Graham Blair.
Adam W. Carlos has made a number of very nice pencil drawings of musicians with their instruments. Those drawings are also used for t-shirts.
Finally, in 1998 he decided to concentrate full time on artwork. Since that time, he has been tirelessly pursuing and improving his portraiture and his Hands of Music series, both of which combine his love of photography and graphite drawing with his admiration of the human character and love of music.
Mueller’s Journal is the homepage of the German drawer Christoph Mueller. Christoph Mueller has made many drawings of musicians from Country, Bluegrass and Blues, he has designed Posters and CD-covers and he has also made some very interesting decorated ukuleles and cigarbox ukuleles.
There are several instruments in Venezuela and Columbia named bandola, the bandola llanera is the most popular of those.
The bandola llanera has 4 strings – usually made from nylon like the strings of a classical guitar. It looks like a pearshaped guitar, at the first sight it looks quite strange and unusual. The instrument is played with a pick, and it sounds a little bit like a Spanish flamenco guitar. The players seem to try to play it loud, and usually do not try to produce a clean and sweet sound. But this is right for the kind of music played on the bandola llanera. This music goes back to the music of Sapin in the 16th and 17th century and has been further developed in Venezuela.
Atlas of stringed instuments: The 4 nylon strings are often tuned : a d’ a’ e”.
http://pacoweb.net/Cuerdas/cuebando.htm: describes two different tunings, a d’ a’ e” and also g d’ a’ e”, the second tuning is the same as the tuning of a mandolin or violin, the first hast just changed the lowes string from g to a
Dolmetsch Online: (English, German f.) the Venezuelan bandola is similar to the cuatro, but is shorter, often pear-shaped, and more percussive or stronger-sounding due to the manner in which it is played, with a plastic pick. The bandola is strung differently in different regions of the country, but, in general, has four courses of strings
Saúl Vera is one of the important players of the bandola llanera, his ensemble has existed for more than 18 years now.
A beautiful instrument and living reminder of the 16th century, the
bandola llanera joins the cuatro as a defining element of Venezuelan
music. Since the Ensemble’s inception in 1986, Saul Vera has explored
various themes in his musical work with the bandola, allowing audiences to
enjoy the pleasures of his remarkable technique as well as gain an
understanding of the instrument’s cultural value.
An older video – Saúl Vera shows the bandola llanera and how it is played:
You can see that Saúl Vera is using an instrument with a special cutaway, to be able to better reach the higher frets.
Another video with a duo with two bandolas llaneras: