Saturday, February 2, 2013

Singerie and Treillage....What's not to love?



Have you ever wondered what the process is behind a decorative art project? I thought I would document a larger project from start to finish to share what a decorative artist really does.

Meetings are done with the client, pouring over photos, pinterest files, books and personal photos to capture the feel for the project. On this project, painting could not be done on site, so canvas was bought, cut, primed on both sides and prepped for the design.

This was to be an outdoor ceiling of a "folly".  The client wanted lattice with some historical elements of monkeys, fruit, vines and  flowers. Here, miles of blue tape are used to gride the bands of border design.

Once the tape is pulled, the rows make more sense. The sky is now blocked in and the trellis design can be painted in.


Things are coming together for the trellis edging....now, on to the large panels.


Taping and sky was done the same as the banding. The ceiling of the folly is made up of seven angled panels butted together .I had to figure out this jigsaw on the ground , in reverse and make all the lines in the trellis match from panel to panel....ahem...


Vines, flowers, shading and highlights were added...all done in a workshop in the dead of winter with me wearing three layers of clothes...common practice for a decorative artist!
Add one capuchin monkey, a few more flowers and some fruit, and it's time to go to the job site!


Hatch-back, SUV vehicle is a must! Panels were delivered and installed by a carpenter. Crown molding, trim and one chandelier later, and it was time for me to add the final details!



The folly is part of a garden maze of other wonderful architectural design. This was the first time for me to see the panels installed.



The seams matched! Color and sky gave the illusion desired! Time to add some details.


The monkey and two birds were added with more vines and the border pasted on to frame the design.



Fill in the seams, one more coat of sealant, and it is on to the next project.....

....and I get to paint again!

12 comments:

Karen Kearney said...

Really good post! I remember in days gone by we would paint this right on the ceiling! Neck wrenching work!!! I love that you show hoe to go about this.. it is a lot of work! Nice Job! :)Karen

a passage to Tangier said...

amazing work! Just getting every panel to fit with the one next to it is mind boggling! Bravo.

Theresa Cheek said...

Thanks guys! Yes, I would just so thrilled the *&%# panels fit! LOL! The math worked!

theresa said...

Wow Theresa! That's amazing, I can't even imagine trying to figure it all out backwards. Excellent!!

Gina said...

Dear Theresa, You are amazing! I am so glad that you shared every detail of how you achieved this complex work of art. It is a masterpiece. Ycur clients are the happy and grateful recipients.

pat said...

I love this so much Theresa. Great pictures of the progression as well!

pat said...

Love this project Theresa!!!!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Theresa,

I can appreciate the thought, measuring and remeasuring that went into this! Thanks for sharing the stages of this project, and congratulations on a handsome finished product — it's time to start calling you Maestro!

Lynne Rutter | the Ornamentalist said...

looks so serene... nice design and beautiful job Theresa

Patrick Gracewood said...

Theresa, It's delightful and beautiful. Hope the "Next project" was a celebratory drink and dinner and massage.

Merisi said...

Simply amazing, you are a Michelangelo of our times (Leonardo included)! To be able to paint this off location makes it even more astonishing, to imagine how it would like once it's high up on the ceiling, breathtaking thought!

home before dark said...

Gobsmacked, I am. Breathless that the x-rated math worked. You had me at the monkey!

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