A mandolin that hangs on our wall* . . .
. . . served as a model for Maria to paint this gouache on goatskin piece . . .
. . . which we adapted for our 2006 Christmas card.
Here's a detail view of its pick guard with mother-of-pearl tangles and its string connector with engraved tangles.
* This is not the first time this mandolin has modeled for Maria! Also, notice the Zentangle painted on wall and "stuck" in the door jamb.
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