"Tim and I are (about to paint) our old Victorian......we need...professional advise as to the color selection and which architectural pieces should be painted which color...
"I am an Aries, strong and dominate opinionated, Tim, my partner, is certified interior designer, who happens to be Virgo, so pairing these, I think a mediator could salvage what could be a heated discussion..."
I asked Jessica McCarron who is in the Historic Preservation masters program at Georgia state. "With your permission, I can forward to Richard Laub and Maryellen Higginbotham at GSU. Richard you may know, he's the director of the HP program. I'm in Maryellen's Historic Interiors class now; she would probably have some suggestions since her area of study is paint and wallpaper."
I dropped by on Saturday and discovered work had begun. I think they are up to 800 hours of repairing, scraping, replacing, and priming.
As you walk into the sanctuary, The Good Shepherd seems ancient in muted colors. It's the calm focal point above the alter amid the glorious windows. My photo from an earlier visit.
How big is it? How high. Perhaps twice life size? I forget to ask. In my reverie I forgot to ask everything.
I'm not a high scaffolding person. Nope. But I was going up. My photo.
Mental note: Identify your assistants. My photo.
Cleaning revealed that the Good Shepherd's feet are in foam at the water's edge. My photo.
Distorted at eye level, but right when viewed from below. My photo.
From the scaffold I felt as if I was in the mural but separate and small. It was in my face. How does the artist manage the distorted up-close view?. Artists figured this out a few thousand years ago, mastered it in the Renaissance. It's an ancient tradition. My photo.
Up here the scaffolding rocked, like being on a floating dock in the waves. Photo by Tripp TLF Photography.
How long to stay up there? My brain and body were floating. I felt a claustrophobia of being so close to the giant painting. The working lights were good for the artists, but glared through my cataracts.