Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Progress Report: Wood Icon Project

This is a progress report on the wood icon project. This is a much smaller piece than The Altarpiece I constructed earlier this year. Actually, it feels like I made the piece last year, as I started it last winter. When it came time to enter the piece in The Golden Ticket Art Show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, I was told it was too big. There was a weight limit of 20 pounds and a square footage limit of 9 square feet. Whether The Altarpiece was rejected because it weighed too much, or, the judges did not think it was worthy of being accepted, I really don't know. So, the piece I am working on now is within the 9 square feet limit and weighs much less than 20 pounds. If they reduce the weight limit, I will just drill holes in the back and remove the excess weigh that way. This wood icon may be rejected, but it will definitely be within the legal limits of the exhibit. The wood structure is now covered in white primer paint. My next step is to give it a coat or two of gesso. Then the undercoat of red followed by the acrylic gold. After the wood structure is nearly completed, I will then paint the center panel. After the center panel is completed, it will be time to detail the wood frame. I have to confess that as I get to the end of a project that I am enjoying, I slow down. It is like getting to the end of a good book and you know there are only a few pages left and you wish it would not end so soon.

Wood Icon Project by F.D. Zigler, 25" x 25" x 3", wood and primer (work in progress)

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