My students are going to keep blogs of their experience of working on the big painting with me; here are a couple of them:
Tuan “Jason” Nguyen
I’ll post the others as they are made. I think it’s going to be interesting to see the narrative build from several different points of view.
Yesterday we shot more pictures of Devin; this time as the virtues Faith, Hope and Charity. Because these three figures stand on the left of the bright light at the centre of the painting we re-arranged the lighting on her so the source came from the right, shooting some useful images that should serve us well. Faith holds a burning candle (which should be fun to paint) and is pointing to the heavens, Hope is holding a chain that is connected to an anchor at her feet, while Charity offers a basket of fruit to the viewer.
This afternoon we’ll transfer the photos to the canvas, then we’ll work out the interlace of the walls, sketch in the shapes of the trees, and we’re ready for the epic task of sealing the drawing with a layer of Iron Oxide Red, making everything ready for the painting to begin!