Thursday, October 25, 2012

Triptych, Step 3

This is the third installment on the triptych I’m producing for Light of Christ Anglican Church. You can find the first two installments on this blog or by clicking on the hyperlinks below.
To the left, you can see photos of the various stages of my most recent progress. You can also scroll down to find a video that documents the changes step-by-step.

Installment two ended halfway through the underdrawing of the center panel. As you can see, I have since finished out the underdrawing. In specific, I added the wall of Jerusalem; shaded the figures; included cherubim above the cross; added the initials of each figure; wrote the text for "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews" on the headboard; and added the Greek for crucifixion above the cross.

After finishing out the underdrawing, I moved into the underpainting. This underpainting consists of a series of acrylic washings. The first wash was a simple yellow ochre over the entire piece. I followed this with a series of washes, using various combinations of yellow ochre and burnt umber, that added value to the surrounding objects.

The final stage was the initial application of gold leaf to the halos of the Theotokos, Jesus, and John. In this first application, I used acrylic gold paint. In the final stages, I will cover this with gold leaf. 

In my next installment, I will move into oil paint. So, be watching for more.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dürer Study

I've been asked to produce an engraving for an upcoming academic volume. In preparation for the work, I've been doing two things (in addition to purchasing the necessary tools, of course). First, I've been practicing drawing (or more accurately, carving) on a copper plate - something I haven't done since college. Second, I have been studying the prints of Albrecht Dürer. 

I spent yesterday reproducing one of his woodcuts line-for-line in ink. The experiment was a master lesson in drawing, to say the least. The results (with which I'm quite pleased) can be seen to the left (click to enlarge).

The study was of enough benefit to me that I plan to work on several more Dürer reproductions in the future, learning as much from him as I can. My hope is to work toward reproducing some of his prints in the proper format, vis-a-vis, engravings or woodcuts. JBU, to my delight, has an art professor (Bob Martin) who has expertise in printmaking. He has agreed to help coach me through the monograph etching. I expect he'll be a wealth of information as I study Durer as well.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Triptych, Step 2

Greetings from Professor Paint!

In my last blog post, we saw the initial stages of a triptych, commissioned by Light of Christ Anglican Church, on which I am now working. If you did not see that post, you can find it here. Or you can simply watch the video blog here

Today's post offers a second installment on the under drawing of the center panel on which I started last time. You can see the results to the left. To watch the evolutionary stages between the last post and this one, simply watch the video post below, or click here.

The long and short of the development is this. Last time, the under drawing included the outline of the Christ figure and St. John the Theologian (right hand side). Since then, I added the skull of Adam, through whom death entered the world, (seen beneath Christ's feet) and the Theotokos, the Mother of God (left hand side). I then added the stony ground of Golgotha and the cross of Christ, which includes both the foot board, which indicates that this is a Roman, rather than Persian, cross, and the sign inscribed by Pilot above Christ's head, which will read INRI, or Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum).

The last stage of the under drawing will be to add the wall of Jerusalem in the background and the details on the three figures, Christ, John, and Mary the Theotokos. After that I can begin on the under painting. Be watching for more, and, as always, enjoy!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Triptych, Step 1

Greetings from Professor Paint!

Now that I have finished myicon of St. Ancmon (left) (see the evolution of the piece here), I’m beginning work on a triptych that was commissioned by Light of Christ AnglicanChurch. As the word "triptych" indicates, the piece will consist of three panels. The panels of this particular triptych will include a creation icon (left panel), a resurrection icon (right panel), and a crucifixion icon (center panel). In addition, when the panels are closed - they'll be hinged to the centerpiece - a fourth icon of Christ the Light Giver will be revealed on the front of the triptych.

My initial focus will be the center panel - the crucifixion. Below is a video that documents my first steps on this centerpiece. You can also see a still image of the current state of the panel below the video window. Be watching for updates in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

St. Ancmon of Seleucia - FINISHED

Anyone who has viewed this blog in recent months knows that I have been working on an icon of St. Ancmon of Seleucia. Nearly one year ago, I started the piece on canvas - something I had never used for an icon before - and after mixed results, I scrapped the original after ca. 8 months of wrestling, on and off. I then started afresh on board - what I typically use for icons. (This marked the first post on the piece for this blog, which can be found here.) The results were much more promising and consistent. However, my time was more limited, so the process dragged out for longer than I would have liked. After much ado, the piece is finally finished. It was actually finished weeks ago, but I did not want to spoil the unveil for the man who commissioned the piece. (I know he views this blog from time to time.) I presented the finished icon last Friday, followed by an informal theological lecture to small group of elders, among whom the patron was included. Things went well.

Below is an image of the finished icon. (The photo is by my priest, Fr. Eirik Olsen of Light of Christ Anglican Church.) I'm very pleased with the results. I have also gone ahead and created a video that documents the evolution of the icon from start to finish. That can be found below as well. I think it helps highlight how much work went into bringing this icon to completion. Enjoy!

Friday, February 3, 2012

ST. ANCMON Nearly Done

I moved into oil glazes today. I must admit that it has worked very well - at least as well as expected. I'm delighted with the results, which you can see to the left.

One more day of painting, and this project will finally come to a close. Be watching for the end result. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

ST. ANCMON of Seleucia

I was recently commissioned to produce an icon of St. Ancmon of Seleucia, an early bishop who was made bishop of Seleucia by St. Paul. The piece was commissioned by a man whose last name is Ancmon, and he requested that I model the icon in part after his brother, now reposed, Fr. Ancmon. I'm delighted to do so.

I began on the piece yesterday. By midday, I had the under-drawing completed. I then set in with the first layer of acrylic wash. This morning, I started in with additional layers of acrylic wash until I had a complete tonal under-painting. I set in with the gold, and now the piece has passed up the original painting on which I worked for months. You can see each of the stages below.

The next step will be to move into oil glazes. The under-drawing and under-painting will continue to show through, but the oil will up the contrast and add color. Once this stage is done, I will seal the entire piece with varnish, and it will be done - finally. In the meantime, enjoy these initial images of St. Ancmon.