Friday, July 13, 2012

'forever YOUNG' mural approaches 10K hits!

This morning I see that this blog has generated over 9100 hits since I started posting progress reports on the 'forever YOUNG' mural project about five weeks ago. That is a good thing! Thank you to everyone who is following. It means a lot to me. I do notice, however, that there are not that many of  you who have subscribed to the updates. For those of you who are not familiar with this, it is very easy. You will see a sliding tab on the upper right-hand side of the page here. When you hover over it with your cursor you will see it pop out with four options. One of which is 'subscribe'. When you click there, you will be asked to supply your e-mail address. So when I post my next update (usually about 2 a week) you will receive a notice directly in your inbox. So you will never have to wonder when and if I have posted. 

There, now that that bit of housekeeping is done, let's get back to the fun stuff!

At the end of each day, if I still have the energy, I usually climb up to the top of a VERY tall step ladder ( I think it's a 16' ) to take a distant, high shot of the day's progress. You have seen this before! At this point we can see that the overall effect is becoming very colorful, yet thanks to all of the under-painting there is a discernible continuity throughout the entire work. That is, indeed, one of the most powerful unifying aspects of working in the 'global' glazing technique.

You can see that the large portraits -about 6 feet from top to bottom- are coming to life as each successive glaze is applied with increasingly more resolution.

Now that the grain bin is painted its typical 'red' color the left-hand side of the mural begins to look very colorful.

The center of the mural top section is now virtually finished. There will be some more detailing but you will not see any really noticeable difference unless you examine it very closely.

Moo! These three critters are just about life-size...but will loom large over the buildings of Main Street Young when the bottom is completed. My idea of a little visual fun, playing with the scale within the composition.

Filling in more detail in the background field tends to make the team of oxen and Dennis Sather's aunt (operating the washing machine) stand out that much more.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous. I am the granddaughter of Charles and Florence Southey, the couple above Forever, so thrilled to find this mural. We all knew nothing about it. Such a great tribute and such a talented artist. how can I get an an original of my grandparents portrait. any photos????