Violin with Acrylic medium

Hi Friends! I’ve been practicing my painting skills since May 5, 2012. I think I’m not taking good care of my talent well because its been a year since I stopped painting. I turned to carving and architecture but ignored painting. So I’m going back and I’m practicing it again. I still have the talent. I believe that once you own a talent, you won’t ever lose it. I’m practicing subjects that are hard for me to paint (like last time, I practiced painting furs). This time, I’m practicing painting still objects with acrylic medium. I usually use watercolor but for a change, I’m going to use acrylic so that my skill in painting would improve more.

So, right, I painted a violin. I chose that because of the details in it. I can’t say I painted it perfectly. I’m still practicing. If you look it in person, it looks great but there are still flaws in my painting. I’m sharing this so that I can know your views about my painting and so you can give me friendly comments and advice. So this violin is painted on my practice board (1/8 bainbridge illustration board). It was fun painting this violin but it took me a lot of time.

HOW I PAINTED THE STRINGS:
I painted the strings using tape. I could have used white colored pencil but I forgot to bring it with me to the province. I put tapes on the area where the strings should be painted and it served as a “mask”. The only part where there’s no tape is the string. I painted them white (acrylic) and removed the tape. Then, there it is, a straight line! 🙂