Saturday, October 31, 2015

Night Ship and Leaf Panel Casting

Successfully cast this plaster leaf panel in a plaster mold. Pictured is the mold and the casting.

Also, finished colored pencil Night Ship.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Night Ship and Pouring the Mold

Put the sky into the colored pencil drawing I started yesterday. Using colored pencils is rather time-consuming.
On the mold-making and casting front: Did three release agent tests. I tried Vaseline, Murphy's Soap, and cooking spray. The Murphy's soap worked best. I applied the undiluted soap to the mold with a wet sponge in several layers, waiting for each layer to dry before applying the next layer.
Having succeeded in making a cast release from the test mold, I poured the actual mold on the original model. Now, I am just waiting for it to cure.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Beginning of Schooner Yacht "Sylph"

Author TBD

Photograph of plaster experiments:
If I rub the mold enough with water and Murphy soap, it is supposed to get a waxy surface that with not bond with the plaster poured into it. So far, no waxy surface. I must be doing it wrong.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Black and White Sailboat and Test Plaster Mold

From a photo of the Madeline, a reconstruction of a 19th century, Great Lakes Schooner

This is a test mold which I am making before actually making a mold of the leaf panel. My intention is to make a plaster mold and cast plaster into it. I have never actually done this without destroying the mold in order to get the final product out. However, I have read that it is possible to do so.

Monday, October 26, 2015

2nd Try on Sailboat from Saturday and Leaf Panel Ready for Mold-Making

From Sat 10/24

Sailboat Drawing and Leaf Panel Model Progress
Sailboat drawing is from The Royal Navy's Armed Schooner Pickle Rushing Home with the News of Trafalgar, a painting by Montague Dawson

Friday, October 23, 2015

Another Leaf Panel

Yet another interaction of working on a leaf for Sunflower 1.2. This one is 12"x12" and is a bas-relief. I think this might be the beginning of a big detour into bas-relief. I'm still not happy with the leaves, and I don't want to move on until I get them right.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wooden Tiles and Potpourri Bags in the Making

If anyone had told me this morning that I would be renting a chain saw today, I would not have believed them.
It was an unexpected adventure.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Park and Blank Slate

Quick colored pencil sketch of the view toward the park.

Beginning a bas-relief of a leaf: the next step in Sunflower 1.2.

Study and Working Drawing

Study of how light and shadow describe three dimensional form - from postcard of Bust of a Youth by Francesco Mochi.

Working drawing of side views of Sunflower 1.2.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Landscape Lesson and Leaf Design Idea #1

I took a little "class" today on YouTube (ArtMaker Tutorials - Drawing Landscapes)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Colored Pencil "Postcard" of View of City and Sky

Also, studies of leaves from stone carvings at the MET for Sunflower piece.
The first is from Floral Still Life in Linwood by Aubert-Henri Joseph Parent.
The bottom of this page and the following page are from Bacchanal by Bernini in marble, and the third page is from a patio in marble by unknown sculptors in Spain. It was titled "Patio from the Castle of Velez Blanco"