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Nickel
07-31-2006, 08:39 PM
Hi, a little fun with classics let's make a lunette.

Lunette

A semicircular painting usually created to be displayed over a door or a window with a vault above it. Lunettes also appear at the tops of some altarpieces.

First off, I've never made one, so there will be bumps along the way.
I hope you join in with your experiences making a lunette.

Nickel

Nickel
07-31-2006, 08:41 PM
Here are some traditional examples

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-July_28,_2006_6.jpg

Nickel
07-31-2006, 08:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-July_28,_2006_7.jpg

Nickel
07-31-2006, 08:43 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-July_28,_2006_8.jpg

Nickel
07-31-2006, 08:45 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-July_28,_2006_9.jpg

this one is in a book instead of over an object like another painting or door

Nickel
07-31-2006, 08:48 PM
Mihajlo Hamzic: Baptism of Christ
http://www.mdc.hr/dubrovnik/eng/kulturnopovijesni/z1-slikarstvo/z1-01.html

Study for The Fall of Gog and Magog lunette
http://www.jssgallery.org/Paintings/BPL/Gog_and_Magog/Study_The_Fall_of_Gog.htm

Madonna and Child with Donors, lunette, ca. 1365
Giovanni da Milano
http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_Of_Art/viewOne.asp?dep=11&viewmode=1&item=07.200&section=prov

Chalk Drawing/Plan
http://www.mattiajona.com/schede/lunetta.html

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:02 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-trinity.jpg

Bartolomeo di Giovanni The Trinity, lunette, tempera on wood panel; painted surface 5 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches (13 x 26 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
This lunette was placed within the same frame as, and over a painting by Botticelli, The Last Communion of Saint Jerome, dating from the early 1490s.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-mich.jpg

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564), Jacob and Joseph, 1505, fresco, a detail of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-rap.jpg

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, altarpiece, c. 1504, tempera and gold on wood; main panel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

from artlex




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Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:07 PM
While your drawing or painting will be the most important consideration,
I did play around trying to make a frame without using paint.

Hard for me to not use paint.

Also I am trying to keep images down to a small size to keep the
page from taking to long to load.

So here are some photos of my experience.

You can do these lunettes your way by the way.
Share what you know and help us all learn.

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-1.jpg

Here I have drawn out my semi circle with pencil and used the base of a lamp shade for my tool to get a good circle outline. Do you know how hard it is to find something round? lol

I left the bottom about an inch high.

This is on canvas, from one of those canvas pads 12 x 16 inches.

The semi circle is 12 long by 8 high.

*there has to be an easier way than what I've done.

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:15 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-2.jpg

This is gold tissue paper from an old gift wrap.

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:18 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-3.jpg

glue and a brush

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-4.jpg

the glue is on the opposite side of my semi circle drawing

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:21 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-5.jpg

just smoothed the gold paper down with my hand pressure, not worried about wrinkles, like wrinkles, you can get rid of wrinkles if you like.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-6.jpg

punched a hole throught the canvas on the front side with a knife so I can cut out the semi circle. Be careful.

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:24 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-7.jpg

see, I messed up. tore the paper, but I will just put more glue on and patch the tear.

First time I am being careful to see what I am cutting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-Image008.jpg

the black board is the back of the canvas pad, handy little piece of board.
plus I am using scissors not the knife to cut the shape out. just used the knife to punch the hole. ;)

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:26 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-9.jpg

patch for tear, just pieces torn from the paper and glued.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-10.jpg

here I've trimed the paper edges, looks pretty good,
I found some little gold cord in the gift wrap box, should make a nice edge around the interior of the semi circle but that will be later.

Nickel
07-31-2006, 09:32 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2006/39040-12.jpg

Here I am trying out an image to see how it will look.

First, make sure I measure to fit my composition withing the space.
I added a little gold strip to the sides here, but that messes up the semi
circle.

But I get an idea of how to do a frame. If you want you can just paint your frame right on the canvas with the picture you paint or draw.

I would love to hear your ideas about how to do this.

I am not sure I will do so much detail in my painting as this one.
Tiny work and I would rather go a little larger with an image.

Nickel

bjs0704
07-31-2006, 11:15 PM
Nickel - Great project! What a fun idea!

If you needed to create a small window for texting how a small image might look as a lunette. As long as you keep the proportions the same, you can make the final version bigger.

Barb Solomon:cat:

rosebard
08-01-2006, 05:44 PM
Thanks Nickel, I didnt know what lunnete was. Pretty cool thing to decorate the top of the door with artwork.

Sound like cool project, cant wait to see what you going to do and I think Susan mentioned doing a Van Gogh for hers.

:)

Nickel
08-01-2006, 06:09 PM
Thanks Barb for the advice! :D

Hi Rose, yeah, I love a circle, so it will be fun.

You can make these to go over another painting too if someone wanted to.

I am still searching for a painting I want....a seascape I think. :)

Hope you'll think about joining us. It would be nice to see one of your
florals in a semi circle composition.

Maybe just maybe we will get Barb in on this action too! :D Nickel

tyree
08-02-2006, 11:06 AM
Thanks Nickel, I didnt know what lunnete was. Pretty cool thing to decorate the top of the door with artwork.

Sound like cool project, cant wait to see what you going to do and I think Susan mentioned doing a Van Gogh for hers.

:) yes...i would like to...but its got to be probably just one on paper alone...as i dont have the supplies for a real one...hope this is okay with miss nickel:o tyree

Nickel
08-02-2006, 01:41 PM
yes...i would like to...but its got to be probably just one on paper alone...as i dont have the supplies for a real one...hope this is okay with miss nickel:o tyree

That's cool with me!!!!!!:thumbsup:

I am all for it!

I know it will be pretty :D :wave: Nickel :wave:

Nickel
08-15-2006, 04:25 PM
I'm back and working away. Hope to have something worthwhile to post a little later this week.:)

Nickel

bjs0704
08-15-2006, 06:10 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing your lunette, Nickel!

Here's the mock up of what I'm thinking of doing.

I'm using GUERCINO's "Allegory of Painting and Sculpture"
(1637. Oil on canvas, 114 x 139 cm Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome) as a model, but I'm using the lunette form.

Barb Solomon:cat:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Aug-2006/11410-mockupone.jpg

Nickel
08-15-2006, 07:38 PM
This is a beautiful idea Barb.
I love the shapes of the subjects in this space.

What size are you planning?

Nickel

bjs0704
08-15-2006, 10:50 PM
I usually do things on 16" x 20" panels, but I'm not sure how it's going to work out with this shape.

I've got some long skinny plywood panels. I may use those.

If I go with the 16" x 20", I will make it 18" and center that along the 20" side. Then, the arch is 9" high (or half the length of bottom section).

Barb Solomon:cat:

tyree
08-16-2006, 12:07 AM
barb....this is going to be beautiful...anxious to see your start!!!! tyree:wave:

bjs0704
08-16-2006, 10:58 AM
Thanks, Tyree! I've always loved this shape for a composition!

Barb Solomon:cat:

tyree
08-22-2006, 12:06 AM
nickel....have you worked anymore on the tall ships???? im going to start mine this week..hopefully:o tyree;)

Nickel
08-22-2006, 01:14 AM
Hi Susan, I did steal some time this afternoon to work on it
I am calling it a frigate lunette :evil:

It's a bad picture color wise, maybe otherwise too...
I need to go check my reference, still void of too much detail
It's early but here tis

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2006/39040-tship.jpg

will see if she will sink or swim ;) Nickel

bjs0704
08-22-2006, 11:53 AM
Gee, Nickel, I kind of like the colors! They seem old timey to me! You did a great job on the ship and it really looks great as a lunette!
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Barb Solomon:cat:

tyree
08-22-2006, 03:01 PM
nickel....i totally agree with barb..i like the muted colour...and it does make a wonderful lunette....youve done a really nice job on this:clap: :clap: :thumbsup: :heart: tyree

Nickel
08-23-2006, 08:36 PM
Thanks ladies, long way to go yet, and not sure of the path to finish.
Many many little bitty ropes to draw, paint yet. I always want to do
ships bigger and don't. Susan hope you get to work yours this weekend.

Nickel

bjs0704
08-24-2006, 05:50 PM
Nickel - How small of a rigger brush do you have? Or do you like to use something else? :)

Try to stay patient with all of those itty bitty lines! Good luck with it! Your doing a great job!

Barb Solomon

Nickel
08-24-2006, 06:55 PM
Gee, I don't think I have a rigger. I've got a few #2 script liners, I don't know which is the longer of the two or if they are about the same length and some 6/0 and 000 liners. I am using walnut oil. I wish I had started out with a less intense white. In fact, I got into the white too soon. Cad Red & Yellow plus the soft white I've used of poppy & sunflower are saying hehe as I sit and look at this painting. It's ok, no hurry from me. I like the orange glow with the blue green of the sea. It may be Christmas before I am well on my way with this painting. It will be a good study for the next time. Having a time remembering my nautical vocabulary at this moment. Another book I am reading, American Sea Power Since 1775. I have a fondess for study of the American Revolution. Charmed by the seas of Malta. That is a painting that is sure to come if I live long enough. Thanks for suggesting a rigger....will put one on my wish list. :)

Nickel
08-30-2006, 07:58 AM
Paint is getting tacky now, a few more days to dry.
Blues have been dry, it's the cads that are taking sweet time.
Been cleaning out the clothes closet.


Nickel