July 31, 2012

Three Panel Mural

Complete with gilding except for detailing and frame.


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Right Angel



Detail

Gilding Process


Laying the gold over the bole and size-prepared cross motif.




After rubbing, the back paper is removed.


The adhered gold is then gently brushed of excess.

The gilded cross is later detailed with background color to neaten the edges.

Then on to the next gilded banding.

It's a time-consuming and meticulous process, but well-worth the end result.

July 25, 2012

Angel Wings and Gilding



Left Angel Panel Full


Left Angel Panel Detail


July 23, 2012

In the Details


When the under-painting and the color balance has been established, detail painting begins.

Close-up of left angel icon

The unique drapery shadows and highlights of iconography being added below.


July 22, 2012

St. Mary's Mural Painting Continued



Next, color is laid into the mural and balance checked.


Below is an example of background lily frieze underpainting and color overlay with detailing.


Here is the center mural panel with detailing added.

Right angel full







Left angel head
Right angel head












The dark shiny red tone behind the angel heads is bole, or the underground for gold leaf that will be applied last. For more information about gilding, click here.




Detail with gold leaf applied

July 12, 2012

St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral

The original designs

Preparing the canvas and getting ready to build supporting framework



Preparing paint for the marbelling


The artist at work on the faux marble painting


Sketches of the mural figures left panel and center

Right panel detail sketch

"Carving" detail on three lower panels

 Gluing canvas to frame with archival BevaGel adhesive

One finished lower architectural panel

Left, center, and right murals in process

Detail right panel

Detail left panel