I fixed the cutout sections, using plenty of epoxy resin to make sure they won’t fall apart again, then sprayed them with a coat of that red primer, which will both seal the surface and give the gold paint something to stick to. The project is gradually taking shape now. I hope to get the gilding finished today.
Steve Aufhauser came over to talk about paint and brushes with the students, which was a treat – I always learn something from Steve, and today was no exception. Did you know that the filbert brush (my favorite shape) was invented when someone bashed the metal end of a round brush flat, compressing the bristle into that lovely curved shape? Or that the Egbert brush is a long bristled filbert? (I have a couple, but seldom use them)
There’s a picture of him brandishing an enormous scenic painter’s brush on the Art Department blog.