Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Noah's Ark Installation Started

Yesterday saw the beginning of the installation of the Noah's Ark Mural. Everything went very smoothly and it is looking amazing. Some of the animals glowed with the sun coming through the glass. The adhesive worked well and is still visiable until it is fully cured. Two of our regular long time students came to help out. We had a great time and enjoyed answering all the questions that visitors asked.
There were a few wonderful surprises as we installed the peices. When the ark was up with the sun shining through it, the colors cast onto the wall next to the window. The ark looked complete and there appeared to now be 4 parrots on top. We all stopped everything and just stared in amazement.
The dove in the center panel glowed in a way that sent chills. I had hoped for an effect like that but didn't imagine it to came off as wonderfully as it did.
Hopefully friday the installation will be finished. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand I can't wait to see it all up there complete, but on the other, I will miss working on it. We have all come to look forward to seeing the next peice come out of the kiln. These animals have become dear friends and although they will have a wonderful home, we will miss them.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

To Feather or Not To Feather

The Noah's Ark project is coming along. Right now the peacock is on the work bench and the morning has been spent debating on just how much detail we want to do on it. The peacock will be the anchor piece for the right hand corner of the mural. I have been know to take it over the top from time to time but I do believe that the detail is called for in the tail. The head, neck and body have a layer of dicro as does the center of the eyes in the tail. It is a peacock after all and being over the top is what they are all about. So fine stringers are being broken and applied to give the impression of feathering. I Win! Show off that tail!