Visual Record of Commission

I have been keeping a visual diary of this commission for anyone interested in the journey from bare board to finished piece. I start by preparing m.d.f. panel of size required by sanding and priming. Why mdf? because it is a reliable sub-strait on which to apply layers of gesso, wood moves too much.

sketch book exploration
sketch book exploration
working sketch
working sketch
working sketch
working sketch

These drawings are my first tools, and I use the working sketches as guides for the panels, of which there will be 2,

4′ x 2′ each. Once the panels are drawn out, I can start to apply gesso to create the textures and ┬áthe layers. It is a slow build up, allowing for each layer to solidify and dry out before moving on.

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