I’ve been asked to do a mural in a client’s living room of a Guidonian Hand, which I’m really excited about! It’s something so different…and I haven’t painted anything like this before. I’m thrilled to have clients with such unique tastes and who are willing to do something so intriguing and bold (and out of the norm)…we’re talking a huge painting of a hand, smack-dab in the middle of their living room wall!
I’m familiar with the imagery (vaguely recall seeing it in some Medieval and religious artwork from art history classes or museum tours), but until this evening I did not know that it was called the Guidonian Hand…or why…or what it represents.
Now that I know, it makes me appreciate the image (and the project) even more. You can actually find murals of this diagram in some Spanish Missions (here in California and throughout the U.S.), the “visual mnemonic device” was used to teach those who could not read music to “sight-sing.” Very interesting!
So here’s today’s sketch, referenced from the “Franciscan Guide for Novices, 1725” found via Texas Tech University’s Special Collections Library. P.S. I tried posting this last night, but blogger was having issues.
And for today’s kiddo sketch, “Waterfalls” by Mason.