Friday, 27 June 2014

An Orphan Case

Fortunately, I discovered this case early enough that I can complete it for Sunday. I'd forgot that it needed several more coats of varnish.

I hadn't thought of actually selling the cases at this show, more thinking that someone might want me to do a decoupage design on their guitar case. It's a wonderful way to upgrade a scuffed case assuming the hardware and actual body of the case are intact. Doing one or two sides will add years of use to a case. Look at it as colourful protection.

I think, however, that I am going to price all the cases to sell and try to save myself bringing them home and storing them…where?

And once these cases are gone, I'll be moving on to something else. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Star Billing on Artengine


Guitarabesque at the Ottawa Guitar Show

New Guitarabesque art will be on display Sunday, June 29/14 at the Ottawa Guitar Show, Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Shannon Lee's Guitarabesque custom designed guitar cases will be presented along with instruments by 40 custom guitar builders from across Ontario and Quebec. These luthiers will give demonstrations and play music from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

You can see the lineup at the show's website:

For Guitarabesque photos, please go to:

For additional information, please contact Michael Sankey:

Looking forward to seeing you there. This is an event not to be missed.
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The Audrey, of course, will be at the show
on Sunday.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Stands Ready to Go

I think I have eight of these stands that hold the guitar cases upright in a fairly steady fashion. Might have ten. I've used these all along at shows and they work quite well. All they are is two bicycle holders cable-tied together.

Just three more days and there still is a sign to do. I won't be showing 15 cases like I'd planned so must choose which ones to bring. I am promising new work so shall bring the Chain Mail one and the Comic Case one. The Carpetbag wallpapered one is not coming. Along the way, it'll make a grand suitcase or will be great for carrying home purchases from the store but it's too sloppy to show. Looks great in photos, mind you.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

For Display Purposes Only

After a flurry of email messages, I am OK with space requirements for the upcoming show on Sunday. 

Since my cases are free-standing on stands, I am not in need of a six-food table. It would just get in the way. So I have the okay to bring a card table and to put the cases where the larger table would have been. This makes sense. 

Hopefully, there will be an outlet near by so that I can set up lights. The cases look amazing when they are key-lit. 

I was afraid, for a moment, that I would simply have to pile the cases on top of each other and rotate them at various junctures, hoping that people would get a chance to see the selection. 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Experimental Movie Sewing Project

Nothing like a sewing project with a tight deadline. All this material is for wrapping several small buildings, concession stands, actually, a somewhat impossible dream.  

Let me explain, somewhat. A director came to town and asked for volunteers to help with a short
experimental movie. The script had more imagery than it has dialogue. And being written by two
people, as in, you write part one and I'll write part two, it has two, uh, parts.

It is good to participate, to volunteer, to help where one can. There is, however, such a thing as reality.

It remains to be seen how this is going to play-out. If anything is experimental about this movie, it is the assembling of hapless volunteers who are asked to do the impossible…and the machinations they go through to succeed. This is the movie that should have been made.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

A Play Day

In more ways than one. Just painted some of the hardware on the current case I'm working on.
Messy and not satisfying. This case is only going to look good; it isn't going to be good.

Messy not masterful.
The majority of today, a superb second day of summer, was spent with ten others as we read through a play that was completed during the Playwrights Circle at the Ottawa Little Theatre over the past two or three years. It was a murder mystery, a whodunit, and my creative juices did turn to making an Audience Appreciation card but I neglected to get photos. It's good, as an artist, to have something to remember one's experiences by and that's what this card was about.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Verging on Being Done

Decidedly…almost done.

Just a few outstanding things to do and then on to either the next case or the sign that may or may not be useful next Sunday.

There's a stand that could be made….I believe that it may be a relief once this show is over. 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Getting Pinned

Still working on the rim. The ribbon idea is a good idea but what is really good is that there are eight days before the Ottawa Guitar Show so I have time to ditz around with glue and clothes pins.

The top and bottom have two coats of sealant and will get one more each.

The hardware is somewhat rusty and will need some attention. Bit of steel wool, no doubt.

This one will be ready, rest assured.