Following the lead of Nolan’s “Watermelon Dreams on a Starry. Starry, Night” and Adrienne’s “Hay Bales at Dusk” I submit a work in progress “Corbel at Dawn.” Nolan’s painting is one clear antecedent, another is a Mexican Corbel, hinted at in the earlier posted painting “Hacienda Ruin.” The source image for the corbel featured a hand-carved floral motif repeated through.
Not a WBHD painting per se, but influenced by this blog and New Mexico. Following are some process photos. I am, generally speaking, more about painterly improvisation, but this is where I was this last weekend. Please to indulge.
Staining-in the ground colors work and defining the outline of the corbel. No idea where the idea for that shade of green came from.
Moved inside to Studio Two. Rendering the “carved” floral pattern. Charcoal and, later, pen and ink. Charcoal fixed and whole ground sealed with matt gel medium.
Back outside to Studio One. Yes, masking tape. Placing tile spacers that serve as masking for the “stars.” The hand-cut floral pattern is a stencil here, later to be flipped and collaged in bottom right-hand corner with yellow paint showing faintly through.
Yellow enamel spray paint. I am an adult so I may purchase this controlled delivery system.
Night divides the day.
The masks are removed.
More collage, Corbel defined. ~4:00 in the afternoon.
Later that afternoon I added drawing including oil stick and more collage. More collage this morning to bring us to the point you saw top of the post. Bottom left now looks OK up close, but needs some ??? definition to hold up paces back. I’m going to let it rest. Maybe. CC