Bas Relief - Three Projects

June 28, 2020

Bas Relief - Three Projects

After recently doing a Venetian Plaster backsplash for a client, I caught the kinesthetic bug of hands-on projects again. I've been captivated lately watching video tutorials of some of the European masters of Bas Relief sculptures on walls. Some of my favorites are Sanal Sanat and Bell De La Vega

They have an amazing talent, and I was inspired to attempt more textured sculpture into a recent commission of a magnolia. The translation of products in Europe was a challenge, and I found varying formulations to mix the plaster. Some are easy - Plaster of Paris, and the more professional ones require a trickier recipe with wood glue for solid durability and longevity of their work. 

The challenge with the wood glue mix is that you have to balance it just right. I will be teaching a class in Sept. at The Art Room in Green Cove for those locally who want to dive into this fun!

My first 3 projects:

The Magnolia Commission

This will be framed and hanging over the same client's sink that I did a Venetian Plaster backsplash with 4 metallics.

My first attempt was the P.O.P. on canvas, a huge fail, it crumbled and I scraped it off. I purchased a board to size, and after applying a coat of Venetian Plaster as the background, then the new plaster / wood glue mixture, the stain of the board seeped thru. It really did not bother me and I liked the antiquing effect but still covered much of it in the following painting.

The photos do not show the true sheen of the metallics but it contains metallic gold, pearl on the petals, and teal metallic in the leaves.

The Heron

While the mixture is made I needed to get a few other projects started. This Heron was reminiscent of so many I painted through the years as a muralist all over Ponte Vedra Beach and the First Coast.

Then I decided to make him a Bronze sculpture with patina.

heron as bronze scuplture patina art

I had to use a dremel wire brush tool to create the texture in the feathers. He is available for sale in the Coastal Collection under Originals.

I had this set of canvases, called a Diptych, from a past failed texture project so I covered it in the Venetian Plaster. The only time I would consider doing the Bas Relief on a canvas is if it had the solid durability of layers of paint  and plaster on it first. It is SOLID.

Then I decided to turn them into bronze sculptures as well!

peacocks as bronze scuplture patina art

My next projects are on smaller boards, a collection of birds and we will see if I can get most of the scupting done while it is still wet. I encourage you to go to Youtube and watch some tutorials. It is captivating!!

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