|A painted medallion for the ceiling|
I actually did this bit last summer; making a plaster medallion, then painting it, and installing it.
|The plain plaster medallion, and after painting the ornaments gold|
This year the clients asked me to paint the entire ceiling, so I had to make a design that would fit with the painting I had already done in the centre. The clients also allowed me to paint a few putti so long as they were "not naked" (even a crossed leg was not acceptable) Other than that restriction, and the comment that they wanted some birds, they actually gave me free reign to do what I wanted, which was very commendable.
|Because of my perpetual problem of forgetting the memory card, this is the|
closest I have to a "before" picture. This was at the beginning of the second
day of painting
|The best way I could come up with to draw on the|
ceiling; chalk taped to a stick
Neck-breaking work, this really gives a new appreciation
to the work that went into some of the great historical ceilings.
|The clouds are finished here, I managed to get them to make sense with those I|
had previously done in the medallion
|The putti were drawn onto poster paper and then cut out to use as templates;|
everything except the silhouette had to be done free-hand and therefore I
taped the drawing to the ceiling beside the painted in shapes to
use as a reference
|Putti number two...|
|...three and four, plus a dove|
|This bloke looks terrible|
As I began painting these figures, I realised how "rusty" I was at it. I had not painted figures in the past 8 years and I was never much for painting figures most of my life; add to that the additional challenge of painting upside down, and I really struggled to get going on this. I had intended to finish all four figures in one day, but at the end of that day, I had only done their silhouettes and this guy, which I was very unsatisfied with.
|Another more detailed drawing, and a fresh start|
made a difference, but it was still a bit of a
|The third one went better...|
It only took a bit over three hours to get this one
|Once the main ceiling was finished, I added a "faux" border to it, painted to|
look like moulding.
|Again, my template only gave me an outline, I then had to paint all the|
details in by following my drawing. I first did the highlights, then the shadows.
|After adding a few birds, I was happy with the results, as testified by|
|This little baby cloud escaped from his parents up in the sky and came down|
to have a look into the room
|And these two are trying, though not very hard, to catch a bird. I managed|
both of them and the bird in four hours; the rust was beginning to loosen up
For me, art should be more than just a "picture"; it needs to have secret things, which must be searched out. it must have things that cause you to study it, and it should keep you finding new things each time you view it. To this end, even though the composition is simple, I have added many things for contemplation, such as the cloud, which at first glance someone might mistake for a "mistake". This causes you to have another look. and then, once you find the answer to this riddle, you might think to search for more. There are plenty, such as the putto with a bow, but no arrow; look at what his companion holds. Two other putti are engaged with a dove, though the dove is perfectly unconcerned with their playful attempts at catching him.
|The finished ceiling as one sees it upon entering the house; as if he is looking|
up into the sky.
|And here it is seen as one reads a picture on an horizontal plain.|
All of the moulding is illuminated as it would be from the natural light coming'
in the window. I used models to check for the lighting effect for each section.