Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hake with study

another. Done.
copyright clarke 2009, gloucester ma
oil with gold leaf in reverse glass with panel backing


the button spelled done. and you know what? i think this one is. It is "Female Sockeye" (fresh water (spawning) color on top, salt water color on bottom.
copyright: clarke 2009, gloucester ma
oil with metal leaf on reverse with panel backing.

Monday, March 16, 2009

St Anthony preached and the fish danced

panel 5 (salmon) is on the work table. that's silver leaf, aluminum leaf in the orange 'books' and the gelatin slurry (used to attach the leaf to the glass) in the aluminum pot. this panel is 'this far' (about a scooch) from finish.

i lift the glass, place the gild, look at the work, refine the leaf. this part of the work goes slowly. the fun part is coming up with the design. this takes a few days to do. then the tedious work of gilding, sanding, scraping, re-drawing, re-painting brings the work to conclusion. this part can take weeks, sometimes months to do.

the salmon was started a few months ago.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009