Friday, October 16, 2009

Medieval Polychrome Statue

I found this great video on YouTube from the Getty Museum that shows how a medieval polychrome (painted wood) statue was made. Very interesting, with computer graphics and all!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Stations of the Cross - update

So I have begun a series of Stations of the Cross for the church. This is a major undertaking for a "part time" artist, as there are fourteen of them to do. While working on these I also have a few other projects going, such as painting icons to sell to raise money for church and other needs. So far I am about 3/4 of the way through the first one.

The stations that I am doing are executed in egg tempera and will have 24K gold gilding in the background. The work involved in a project like this is massive for the "part timer", and is why it takes so long to do projects like this):

- finding existing "stations" to base my design ideas on
- doing preliminary sketches and studies until satisfied
- buying wood panels, cutting them to size, sanding them, and painting the backs
- mixing the traditional gesso, and gessoing the panels several times, sanding between coats
- doing the final drawing on paper then transferring it to the panel
- scoring the image into the panel
- applying the gold
- painting the painted parts
- letting it dry and then lacquering it
- photograph it
- add a hook so it can hang on the wall

Do all of that 14 times.... and don't mess up on any of the steps, and in a year or so, for a part time artist, there should be a complete set of custom made stations!