The Principle x

I thought it might be interesting to have the texts and some images from the exhibit posted here for people who couldn’t make it to the show.   The Alchemical Theatre (20″ x 16″) Pieces of a demolished theatre, poplar, gold   Saddened by the demolition of the old Little Theatre I took pieces of…

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As the Crow Flies xviii

Hurrah! I finished painting crows, so apart from getting the eye hooks into the backs of the panels and a little touch up work to the painting the piece is hang-able. There’s a lot of gold in this show. I must paint the seated figure more tomorrow. There’s a healthy chunk of time available for…

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As the Crow Flies xvii

I found about twelve more crow / raven photos that will be useful for the piece, so I’ve made a photoshop file combining them all onto one transparency, ready to paint on Monday morning. Everything seems to be in decent shape with this piece, but I’m a little concerned to be sure that I have…

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As the Crow Flies xvi

There was a great deal of administrative stufff to take care of this morning that ate up most of my time, but this afternoon I got to the studio and got a good chunk of work done, particularly dedicated to the production of black birds on the completed panels. There are seventy six panels in…

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As the Crow Flies xv

Still more gilding today, finally completing this part of the project and giving us valuable experience. Having gilded so many panels we have learned what not to do next time. Sadly, because we have to be consistent we have had to continue with the methods we began with. In future I will be more cautious…

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The Principle ii

The process of getting the installation ready is beginning to heat up as the date comes closer. It’s beginning to feel as if we will never see the end of the gilding. Cameron and I continued to lay gold down onto the panels, and got a large number of the bigger ones done today, but…

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As the Crow Flies xiv

I went through the large number of crow and raven images I shot over the last few months and isolated the birds from their backgrounds, then made a transparency and threw it onto my old overhead projector. This allowed me to make very fast sketchy paintings of the birds onto the gold, in the most…

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As the Crow Flies xiii

I painted crows onto many of the panels, but found that I quickly noticed repetition, so I need to prepare a new photoshop file of images to project onto the panels. Projection is an old painter’s trick for creating murals and large works – saves a ton of time laying out the work. It doesn’t…

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As the Crow Flies xii

The panels we prepared last Sunday and yesterday are dry enough to move, so I’m taking them home so I can work on them over the weekend. They’re pretty smelly because the size is a nasty material. I think I have about half the panels finished, so I’ll need to pick up more gold leaf…

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