Monday, September 8, 2014

Happening Now: Painting a 1890 Victorian in Hapeville - the Madden House


Al emailed me July 7:

"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."

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I dropped by on Saturday and discovered work had begun. I think they are up to 800 hours of repairing, scraping, replacing, and priming.

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Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically is the key find from the consultations. This book is the bomb!

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Al and Tim are design pros and started rocking it. This is one of their studies.

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It was blue in 2011.


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When I got there Saturday, the south side had at least 8 colors.

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I confess: I'm in love with these crazy houses.

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The back side of the house is primed out.

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I'm fascinated to see a Queen Anne in white primer; lets my eye focus on shapes and textures.

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Right: The porch  / sun-room is an addition that makes a bodacious acute angle.

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Lot's of work ahead but no hiding the wrinkles.

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There's not as much birdhouse material as you might expect.

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Live painting now in Hapeville, Georgia.

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Here's another look from back in the day.

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Here's a Kirkwood sister on Howard a few years ago.

I'll keep you updated.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Restored: St. Luke's 1913 "Good Shepherd" mural by E. H. Blashfield

In this tradition 100 years is the blink of an eye.

Atlanta's St. Luke's Episcopal Church has restored "The Good Shepherd," a giant canvas by E. H. Blashfield, the artist who did the domed ceiling of the main reading room of the Library of Congress. Before they took the scaffolds down, St. Luke's invited parishioners to see it up close and up high from the scaffolding. Thanks to Bobby Mays who invited Trip Cook and me for a once in a lifetime experience.

It's a canvas "pasted" to the wall. I loved that the restoration of this hundred year old mural and 2014 Living Walls Conference were happening at the same time.

 
Restoration by IFACS International Fine Art Conservation Studios. They worked 12-hour days for two weeks. Photo by Tripp TLF Photography.

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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.

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I'm not a high scaffolding person. Nope. But I was going up. My photo.

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Mental note: Identify your assistants. My photo.

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Cleaning revealed that the Good Shepherd's feet are in foam at the water's edge. My photo.

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Distorted at eye level, but right when viewed from below. My photo.

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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.

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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.

But I could turn around.

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To see this. Photo by Tripp TLF Photography.

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The cleaning uncovered more sheep. My photo.

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Doves. My photo.

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Angels galore. My photo

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Angel in a frock. My photo.

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My photo.

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The angels in the arches aren't quite so finely rendered. My photo.

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What is she holding? My photo.

By now I was lost in the experience, running out of time, knowing this was my one time up there.

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Pardon the poor focus. My photo.

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Who modeled these angels? Do they appear just the same in other murals? My photo.

I need to catch my breath before I show you a few more details.

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Photo by Tripp TLF Photography.

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The restoration includes relighting from below. It will be seen as never before.

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The whole flock. My photo.

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I couldn't stay long enough. As simple and as straightforward as it is, there's no way of "getting it." My picture.

Climbing down was like stepping off the dock onto solid ground.

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What a room. Photo by Tripp TLF Photography.

I understand that after the lighting is complete the restorers will return to discuss the mural and the restoration. I hope to go.

Thanks Bobby, Tripp and St. Lukes.

P.S. The 2014 Living Walls mural most in this tradition is by Spanish artist Borondo.

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Borondo's #lw2014 mural faces west on Jesse Hill between Edgewood and Auburn. It faces the John Lewis mural. It's just 8 blocks south of St. Lukes'