Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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A few people have asked me if I would document the process of the mural I'm working on in the studio, so I plan to post some progress photos from time to time. Click images to enlarge.
Here's the (very rough) sketch concept for the mural:
The 8' x 16' mural will be installed on a high wall inside the Pendleton, Oregon Convention Center, and will depict the landscape of that region.
The initial plan was to use 3/4" birch plywood. I spent over a week preparing the panels and making an elaborate system of hanging cleats. When I finally got them mounted on the wall it became clear that the cleat system would not eliminate warpage in the panels, so I had to bunch that whole idea (assorted curses!)
I ended up using 1/2" thick medium density fiberboard (MDF,) which laid up beautifully. The surface was primed and then rolled with two coats of highest grade 100% acrylic flat paint. Transparencies of the sketch were projected onto the mural wall, and using light colored paint I laid in the basic lines and rudimentary shadow patterns.
This mural will be painted in oil, so the rest of the day was spent squeezing tube oils into sealable containers and thinning them with mineral spirits to a flowing consistency. Now I'm ready to paint (I think!)