Sunday, July 15, 2007

Motu Proprio III

Nicki Schaepen, Motu Proprio, 2007, Oil on canvas, 190x123 cm.

Work kept me away from blogging. Here is one of the results. Unfortunately, I couldn't manage to finish the painting until the 7th of July when the indult was published...

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

San Damiano 2
Exciting project, I must say! After priming and sanding cross and nimbus, I applied a very thin layer of size, consisting of rabbit skin glue, destilled water and a small amount of yellow ochre just to get a most even distribution. I left it to dry, between 10-12 hours. After that two layers of yellow poliment, bound in a mixture of beaten egg white, a little destilled water and just a few drops of rabbit skin glue.

The next step will lead me into sketching in the figures, so that I will be able to control the following application of red poliment, which will mark subsequent gilding. Puuuuuuh.

The next steps will be posted very shortly.

Monday, July 02, 2007

San Damiano
One of the most touching and inspiring depictions of our Lord on the cross I have encountered is the legendary cross of San Damiano. There are a great many of reproductions all over ecclesiastical circles which are generally of a rather poor quality. I have decided then to do my own version of the famous cross and I did not realise in the beginning on what a journey I was embarking to... However, the photographs may give an impression of the dimensions of this new project.

First of all, I had to saw the gesso primed board I prepared for an other, abandoned project last year. As I did it with a circular saw, I had to repair the sides with a very thin ornamental batten, which I subsequently stained. Afterwards I had to mould the central nimbus, to fix it with glue and then to paste it over with linnen canvas.

I will post the progress within the next few days...