Sign Work

SH6614 Take Home a Bunch step 9

The flowers draping down over the building are made of various mixes of Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red Light and White. After the mass of color for the blossoms is applied I come back and paint the foliage.

SH6614 Take Home a Bunch step 10

Now let’s get to work on the sign. The background is blocked in first, then the letters are drawn into the wet paint. My wrist is braced against a mahl stick, steadying my hand so I can delineate the calligraphy accurately. What is a Mahl Stick? CLICK HERE to find out.

SH6614 Take Home a Bunch step 11

The entire surface of the terra cotta tile floor is covered. I establish the light and shadow pattern first, then draw the perspective lines into the wet paint. This is done freehand; resting my hand on a mahl stick would limit my movement. It would be difficult to make a straight line. You can click on the image to see this or any of the other pictures enlarged.

SH6614 Take Home a Bunch step 12

The horizontal lines separating the individual tiles are drawn. The final step on the floor is the add the highlights on the edges of the pavers where the sunlight hits them.

SH6614 Take Home a Bunch step 13

All of the containers are now painted. I especially like the one on the wall by the door. Now the construction is all done and we have our containers we’ll start planting flowers. Hope you’ll come back tomorrow and help. Hugs,

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