Category Archives: Site preparation

Making the pattern of the lunette and preparing the studio space in the undercroft of the church.

Learning

Whenever you endeavor to complete a task for the first time you will learn a lot of things. This is good. You become a better painter, writer, programer.

A willingness to do the task to the best of your abilities is essential. Not make excuses and say “it’s good enough…”

Not learning the nuance of the aspect ratio of a given projector as it relates to the picture you are projecting will result in a projection that does not reflect the original aspect ratio. Hence my first image transfer using my laptop and a projector resulted in squashed figures due to the incorrect aspect ratio of the projector. (They were about an inch too short, relative to their width.) I only discovered this after inking the entire image.

So now I must re-transfer the portrait group to the canvas. I will use a xerox and transfer paper.

Before I do this I have to coverup the original transfer. I used titanium white for it’s opaqueness a little walnut oil alkyd to help dry the paint.

My palette with white paint and walnut oil.

My palette with white paint and walnut oil.

Painting over the figures.

Painting over the figures.

Continuing to paint out the figures.

Continuing to paint out the figures.

All the figures are now painted over and ready to have the image drawn over.

All the figures are now painted over and ready to have the image drawn over.

Stretching the canvas

With the masonite attached to the plywood we stretched the canvas over the masonite. This exercise took two tries to get the canvas tight enough.

The canvas is stretched.

The canvas is stretched.

Now that the canvas is ready I can transfer the drawing.

Ready to transfer the drawing onto the canvas.

Ready to transfer the drawing onto the canvas.

The image is projected onto the canvas with an Epson projector.

The image is projected onto the canvas with an Epson projector.

The projection was not as clear as hoped for.

The projection was not as clear as hoped for.

The image from the projector was not clear enough for me to transfer the portraits, head wear or hands. I had to transfer those using xeroxes.

The portraits are transferred using xerox copies.

The portraits are transferred using xerox copies.

The image is transferred.

The image is transferred.

 

Construction begins

We made a trip to the lumber store and then began the construction of the wall.

Arranging plywood panels on the framing.

Arranging plywood panels on the framing.

Laying out the support blocks.

Laying out the support blocks.

The wall is in place.

The wall is in place.

To insure proper lighting during the project we constructed a light bar and attached some floods and spotlights. The bulbs are a mix of warm and cool (color temperature). Modern florescent bulbs are comfortable work under like older incandescent bulbs which can be hot.

Lighting is set-up and ready for the canvas.

Lighting is set-up and ready for the canvas.

We used the paper pattern which we made earlier to cut out a masonite panel (three panels, actually) which will provide a smooth surface and also permit the exact shape to be readily available under the stretched canvas.

The paper pattern laid out on the panel.

The paper pattern laid out on the panel.

The masonite pattern is attached to the wall.

The masonite pattern is attached to the wall.

Making the pattern

Space in the undercroft of the church will serve as a studio space to work on this project. We cordoned off a corner to put up a wall that will hold the canvas. The area will also be used to store supplies.

Our first task was to measure the space and make a paper pattern. Marty and Tony worked to accurately measure the height of the arch for each one foot increment across. Additional measurements were made near the edges.

Measuring the lunette

Measuring the lunette

After transposing the measurements to a paper pattern, I then cut it out. We checked the fit by spreading it out into the space: it was too big to handle all at once so we did a test fit of the left half, then the right half.

Cutting out the pattern for the canvas

Cutting out the pattern for the canvas

Back up on the ladders and wrestling with the paper to get it to fit into the lunette.

Testing the pattern for fit.

Testing the pattern for fit.

We have a perfect fit.

The pattern is accurate.

The pattern is accurate.