Friday, February 26, 2016

Embellishing a Catholic Church...

Did you ever just "click" with someone the minute you met them? I had that happen on a job recently. I was bidding on a simple gilding of a crucifix for a Catholic church and one thing led to another,....

The priest wanted to break up all of the stained wood and bring in some embellishments.

My inspiration came from a frame in the Metropolitan museum in NYC- I took this picture a few years before and thought the motif would be perfect for this job.

I scaled the design to fit the chevrons over the statuary and hand painted the motif using Modern Masters Pharaoh Gold and gold leaf.

A few days into the job, the ritual of espresso began...(perks of the job when the priest previously lived in Rome.)

Claydon House by Farrow and Ball proved to be the perfect blue for the background of the niches. 

Gilded stars finished the concept. Such an improvement!

...and I haven't even gilded the crucifix yet! That will happen next week.

It didn't hurt that my new bag from Rome arrived the same week! I hope my art samples can live up to such a beautiful bag! What an inspirational week! 
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