Vincent Keele Creates Hendrix Monterey Guitar Painting
Finding the inspiration to create new artworks can come from anywhere in my case, it came from a previous artwork I did a few years ago and listening to 12-String Blues by Jimi Hendrix.
As I sit and listen to him pluck that 12 string guitar I can feel the rhythm of the notes as paint strokes. Originally I did not intend to create it all new painting, just a second version of the painting old man rhythm. But things don’t always work out the way you envisioned with art. So I found myself moved to take some elements from that original work old man rhythm and expand on it.
I want to give this painting a sense of energy and movement from the music and a cultural base from my heritage.
The overall sense of the painting that I wanted to give is an experienced guitar player sitting out on the street playing his heart out in front of a beautiful backdrop.
I added in indigenous African markings in the background from Congo and some fashion Burberry shorts.
In this painting the shirt is one of the focal points and I wanted to give it a very distinct design with roots from Cameroon.
This was not a long painting to create because I knew all the elements I would incorporate into it.
Because I’ve done one on canvas, I decided this one will be on cold press Strathmore paper in acrylics.
Designing the Hendrix guitar
One thing I wanted to change was the Hendrix blue Fender guitar. I set out to do some research on all the famous Hendrix guitars, and the one that stood out to most to me was the white Monterey guitar. I need the guitar that would be in harmony with what the colors of the painting and mostly the beautiful shirt I created. Hendrix Monterey white guitar was perfect for this what is soft tones of white and decorative artwork.
Armed with everything I needed over the next three days with no rush or deadlines. I created the Hendrix Monterey white guitar painting.