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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Putzing Around

Dante et Virgil by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
The Drawing Room is reaching that critical point when I can start fastening walls, floors and ceilings down for good.  Unfortunately, I need three pairs of sconces installed first, and I only have one set.  I'm also planning on changing out the chandelier for something a little grander, but these installations will have to wait til X-mas!  That is, if Santy Claus brings me what I asked for!  (Dawn Davenport:  "I asked, for cha-cha heels and I better get!")

So I have been keeping busy by making artwork...here is a painting I found in an ad I received in the mail for the GLBT Review.  Though I did not subscribe to their publication, I did purloin this image for my burgeoning gallery!

In order for the frame to accommodate the size of the painting, I had to join two matching frames together.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I often purchase things in pairs, so fortunately I had a set on hand.  I cut the frames in two using a miniature miter box, and making the cuts at a 45  degree angle.  Then I just glued the frames back together, making a longer frame!  (The two smaller, left-over pieces I also glued together to create another smaller frame for future use.  Then I filled the small cracks with gesso and sanded, and painted.  I like to use a reddish primer coat for gilt frames.  (As a framer in a previous existence, this is how its done).  Back in the day, they called this base-coat Venetian Red, or Pompeii Red.  When that has dried, I dab on the acrylic metallic gold paint, leaving the background color to come through here and there.  A sprinkle of gold pigment powder for added sparkle completes the frame.

Of course I over-painted my artwork with clear gel-medium and then lacquered it, a la Ray Witledge.  This technique will make your works of art appear very realistic!  Try it!
 

10 comments:

Fi.P said...[Reply]

You are a wonder of wonders, Jonathan my Dear!!!

The fame looks fab!! Incredible pice of Art work too, Violence or passion???

Fi x

Pedrete said...[Reply]

Realmente se ve delicioso!! Enhorabuena, John!! Felices Fiestas!!

Simon said...[Reply]

Good job with the frame John, and I like the picture. I'm looking forward to seeing your gifts from Santa, I'm thinking about making a chandelier at some point - better make a fire extinguisher first! I bet you can't wait to get the walls in place so you can play around with pictures etc - I'm sure you have already been practicing.
Have a great week x

John said...[Reply]

Hi, Fi!

I suppose it's whatever is in the eye of the beholder! Thanks for the compliment. Hope you have an awesome Christmas!

Hola, Pedrete!

¡Ja! ¡Ja! ¡Ja! No me hagas reír! Feliz Navidad a usted, amigo mío!

Hello, Simon!

I have been thinking about making a chandelier, too! They are SO expensive and it looks like you could just buy all the crystals and fittings at the Bead Store, right?

The walls are done! I even finished the ceiling! It's all ready to be glued in place, and I even have the furniture placement figured out. Wishing you the best Holiday, EV-AH!

Iris March said...[Reply]

John-- terrfic art and frame ideas! A couple of questions (I, too, have artwork clipped from magazines I want to use.) Do you glue the magazine artwork to a heavy backing to make it firm before applying the gel-medium? And by lacquer do you mean true lacquer or a [poly]urthethane type, or doesn't it matter?

John said...[Reply]

Hi, Iris!

I glued my image to some tagboard before over-painting with the gel medium. Be careful when gluing magazine photos --the wet adhesive might cause the print on the flip-side of your image to bleed through. I use spray 'lacquer' --at least it says 'lacquer' on the can, but you're right, it's just an acrylic poly. Hope you have a Happy Holiday, Iris!

Ray W said...[Reply]

Good Morning John!
I have been silently watching the work of my friends via blog and wanted to tell you how amazing the work you are still doing on Merriman Park looks. The Drawing Room is quite beautiful! Also I love the framed piece you have just done.
Scott and I wish for you and Glenn a very happy Holiday Season.
Warm wishes from Ray

John said...[Reply]

Nice to hear from you, Ray!

I think my favorite tip, EV-VAH, is your over-painting technique! I can't keep my eyes off my 'oil paintings,' which look so amazingly realistic. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise!

Best wishes to you and Scott for a fab Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

MiniLover said...[Reply]

John, have you seen the February issue of Miniature Collector? Take a look at the story I wrote about Bill McGuire--really, look at the photos--especially that bathroom of his!

Sophia

John said...[Reply]

Hi Sophia!

I'll have to run out tomorrow and pick up a copy --you have me intrigued!