That is a picture I took off the internet because I forgot to photograph the violin before I taped it all off to do my painting. I wanted to paint on only the face of it so I taped off what I wanted to stay purple. It is a very stripped down violin but that makes it perfect for painting on.
So I started by taping off and painting green on the part on the neck that was plain wood. Then I primed the area that I wanted to do the painting on.
Since the cello has a cowboy scene I decided to do a largemouth bass on the violin. Just another of Bryan's many hobbies.
When I start these things I have to just keep saying "It's only paint, if I hate it I can prime over it."
Base coating, boring but essential.
Feeling good about the background and so I had to go do some stuff while paint dried and I worked up my nerve to start the fish.
At this point I always start to think "It's not working!!"
Oh the magic of shading and highlights!
Added a couple more details and a lure that the fish is chasing and then time to peel off all that tape and hang it.