November 30th, 2017
So close to complete. I am still waiting for confirmation on whether to add people to this scene. It is a great learning experience to start from a small sketch and transform it to an 11 foot by 20 foot curved mural. Lots of conceptual changes that you think works on paper looks completely different in execution. Not to mention the step workout from that 10 ft ladder. What is close translates differently from afar. Whew. I silhouetted in charcoal some small figures but decided it would need much more to simulate an actual working camp. We will see if the diorama itself is enough for this project, using the mural as "background" instead of the main attraction.
Meanwhile, this is a completed sculptured frame holding 4 pastel paintings of grain bins. The frame holding the 4 9 x 9 inch paintings is crafted out of old plastic roofing material sprayed with hammered steel paint and added bolts to replicate the steel grain bins found on the property. A fun project in which incorporates a little sculpture as well as 2D work. It does not show well, here in the photo, but it sits curved from the wall like the original round steel grain bins on the prairies. Opening reception for the plein air show Saturday Dec 2 at the Penny Gallery (University of Lethbridge), downtown.
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