Friday, October 10, 2008

Strings, and Strange Oliphant Brother Hobbies



I just finished this painting this week, I'm so glad it went with the Illustration Friday theme since I haven't had time lately to do anything for it.
It's a painting of my violin made by my dad.

Violin making is his hobby. Our garage is full of so full of wood working saws, and tools that as far as I can remember we've never parked a car in it once. It's fun to go out and see him working away at violins and other projects. Every year he donates a violin to the Utah state folk and blue grass festival as the first prize in the fiddling contest. His brother, my uncle Ben donates a handmade bow for the second prize. He has a bow making hobby.

My Dad's other brothers have some other uh...different hobbies too, but I think besides telling you that they have included such things as emus, harmonicas, and many, many boats, I'll jut let you wonder about them.

19 comments:

  1. Fabulous painting; I love the heavy, very visible brush strokes. Fascinating family!

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  2. Beautiful painting! :)

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  3. Thanks you guys! I really enjoy painting with thick messy paint and thick brush strokes.

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  4. Very cool. Nice 'story' too. My Dad and brothers are gifted with making things from wood as well. I never really caught on. But every once and a while I'll see a shop here in town where furniture is made by hand and wish that I'd taken more time to learn the trade.

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  5. The brush strokes are so free and beautiful. Nice work!

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  6. Lovely painting! and your family sounds like a great bunch :)

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  7. Thanks all. My family is great fun. Never a dull moment. Like most families I imagine.

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  8. Wow, really wonderful illustration. Love your style.

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  9. Great textural painting! Love it!

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  10. Thanks katie, vicki and jrj!

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  11. This is lovely Manelle, and a very interesting story about your dad and family.
    I'm originally from Utah and my dad and brother are named Ben!

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  12. Beautiful. Really well done.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful painting!
    What a wonderful hobby your father have.
    I remember the Cremona's artist making violins on the 700th century.
    Bellissimo,
    Cata

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  14. Hi, I`m Fernanda, from Brazil.
    I love to see your paintings on "O Amigo - A Liahona". You`re very talented.
    Congrats.

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  15. Mmmmm! Look at that thick, yummy paint! Love it!

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  16. wow you have a lot of lovely illustrations here!

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  17. beautiful!! we pick the same theme :)

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  18. Manelle,
    It's been a while since I've been to your blog,.. I hope you post again soon! Seeing what you have been working on is like bumping into you-- only I'm in MI now hundreds of mile away- :-(

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