Monday, August 9, 2010

The Great Gallery II

Painting 1.28 The Great Gallery II. I wanted to revisit the subject that got me into painting again in the first place. At the time that I finished the first painting of this wall, I didn't realize that what I was painting was part of a much larger mural. I would like to learn more about the history of this painting as it seems that the section on the left was painted at a later time than the rest of the mural, based on the fact that the left surface was only revealed after the outer sandstone layer collapsed. This is further suggested by the fact that the two figures on the far left have their bottom sections broken off, meaning that there has definitely been some collapse since the original painting was made. One new thing that I tried to tackle in this painting were the crumbly bits of sandstone on the left. I struggled with this in 1.17, where there were piles of broken stone beneath the arch that I left out of the painting because I wasn't sure how to make them fit in with the style of the rest of the painting. I want them to almost look like they are part of the wall here, but separate from the ground. This ended up taking considerable time to complete, not just because of the size of the painting but the fact that I had to make contact paper stencils for each figure to get the clean lines and uniform washed out color that I wanted.

Giclee Print

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