Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Carmen Mural Complete

The Carmen mural is nearly finished. I just have to re-grid it and mark it for installation. The lower section is the image on the left and the top part is on the right. Once it is installed, the total dimensions will be 11 feet high by 5 feet wide. I am pleased with the color saturation and the density of the figures within the composition. I am looking forward to seeing the two pieces together on the wall. The figure on the upper right, on the balcony, is a quotation from Manet. In general I was looking a lot at the figure groupings of Piero della Francesco, especially in the parade of matadors. The two female figures on the right, the "cigarette workers" are as intimidating as they are in the opera! Two of my favorite figures are the little boy on the right and the boy peeking out between the two matadors. Sometimes while I was working, he would catch my eye and wink. I am sure he will do the same for the people he will be living with!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Progress on the Carmen Mural

Here are some more pictures of the Carmen Mural in progress. I am happy to be finished with the top part because standing on the scaffolding near the ceiling was very hot. I could feel the heat radiating down from the roof. It is much cooler near the floor, as you can see from the photo of my two studio muses stretched out by my painting table!