June 28, 2020
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.
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.
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!
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!!
January 24, 2021
This past year, with the unsurety of the Pandemic and isolation, I felt a calling back to those butterflies that had given me so much quiet joy in the past.
Usually when I paint birds or butterflies, they sell quickly, but I have been gathering a collection of smaller works, affordable for anyone who wishes to collect some beauty for their home. They will be included in an upcoming exhibit called S O L A C E. at the Jewish Community Alliance Center in Jacksonville, FL.
May 17, 2020
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