Thursday, September 19, 2013

Strapwork.... with Adrian Card

 (Adrian Card photo)
I just finished a wonderful class with Adrian Card held at the studio of Lynne Rutter in San Francisco. The panel was a strapwork design done in traditional colors with a fabulously rich black background.

(Lynne Rutter photo)
We started our day with a "training wheels" panel , practicing brushstrokes, highlights and shading. Adrian also demonstrated how to paint luminescent jewels.

(Lynne Rutter photo)
We traced our design and began to layer in base color, shadows and highlights, mimicking shiny brass for our strapwork framing. Everything was done in oil paint and with only one round it would have been in the 16th century.

You can see from this detail of Adrian Card's panel, the design is rich with ornamentation,-draped swags, jewels, urns, birds and other  elements adorn the strapwork framing.

You may remember this panel that Adrian did a few years earlier that I included in an earlier post on strapwork.

These are my panels as class ended...I will finish them soon. Thanks go to Adrian Card for his teaching style and Lynne Rutter for the comfortable and creative environment of her studio!


home before dark said...

The luminous color of the jewels is just amazing. So glad you and fellow artists are keeping these skills alive. The mouse with the eyepatch is growing on me!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Your day looks like great fun and I can imagine lots of interesting conversation and comradery. You certainly achieved the luminous jewels!

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