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Old 06-13-2007, 06:09 PM
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Hi y'all,

Don't shoot me! This mural is in the home of a family of hunters. They have this big wall space with a taxidermied turkey, and they want a mural painted to include the father and two sons, three dogs, and the turkey. Here's how the wall looked when I saw it first...(with a little photoshopping)



... and the sketch they liked...



Here's me up on a ladder on top of the scaffold... yikes!



I'm doing this one with my burnt umber underpainting technique, as you can see....



Once I get this stage done to their satisfaction, I'll add color. Doing this underpainting makes the color phase much easier.



More to come!
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:31 PM
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OH MY !! I am speechless RUTH !!
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:06 PM
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Hows the weather up there?? That looks FANTASTIC
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Ruth, you are an amazing muralist. This is so awesome.
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WOW You are amazing!!!

That ladder on the scaffolding freaks me out.
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Oh my Ruth - awesome, beautiful - as usual.

Hey - I like the ladder on top of the scaffolding technique!! Amazingly, I feel SO much more secure than on a tall a-frame ladder. Not to hijack here Ruth - but here's me waving to you from my similar set-up last week- - - this wall was 16' ceiling.


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Old 06-13-2007, 10:13 PM
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Ruth- you are truly an amazing artist! I wish I would have thought to put a ladder next to the scaffolding when I was using one. Instead I swung from the bars like a monkey-duh. I wish I could paint with you for a week or month as your apprentice. I know I'd learn so much.

Can't wait to see more of this fantastic mural.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:29 AM
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Get down you two at once !! Didnt your mother teach you better than that !Climbing around like monkeys
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Re: turkey mural

Ruth....another Wow...amazing! I love the composition, looks wonderful! I would love to know how you go about doing the underpainting with way? I know people say they use 3 tones light, med, dark, but I have such a hard time with that because there are so many more tones then that...and from what i can see you have many tones! What color did you use?

Sue Ann, I love the photo of you up there...yikes
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And you are a totally waterbased person, right Ruth? I used to watch Helen Van Wyck on PBS when she used Payne's Grey tones in oils for her underpaintings and then acrylics on top for her color. I started a painting that way but never finished it, although I really liked the technique and the results.
When you put your color in then, it is fairly transluscent?

This is so interesting. Please keep taking more pics as you go.
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I couldn't do murals like that. I'm the clutz that would either fall over the railing or drop paint on that very lovely fireplace.
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I used to watch Helen Van Wyck on PBS when she used Payne's Grey tones in oils for her underpaintings and then acrylics on top for her color.

Ya cant do that Betsy You MUST mean the other way round dont you ?!acrylic UNDER and oils ON TOP !?
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Yes, Maria, you are absolutely right! It was the other way 'round. Thanks for restoring my memory banks!
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Can't wait to see more of this, Ruth... always a pleasure to see your work! Hubby thought this was a cool concept too (he's a hunter too... I know, I don't know how an animal lover like me ended up married to a hunter )

Maria, that cracked me up, about the monkeys! Thanks for the giggle And I was thinking the same thing about your comment, Betsy, had my fingers ready to ask what Maria did

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ah.......glad to have ya back M ! SOMEONE had to be cheeky while you were away !
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