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Back to where we left off...It is now March, the month of doing an annual
painting to donate to local PBS fund-raising auction. Also the
month of attending to matters neglected during Grove Park Show
Here’s the triptych. What enhancements,
exactly, did I see in that Sunday morning vision?
This works brilliantly. Resolve to use
acetate instead of tracing paper from now on. Now flip acetate
over backwards and tape to fresh linoleum block, slide transfer
paper under it, trace leaves onto block.
As I carve away negative space, Bob gleefully
rips aluminum off house. He discovers the merest remains of
scrollwork on fascia board ends, mostly hacked off by siding
contractors of bygone era. Also reveals clear evidence of
decorative eave brackets, and cedar shakes on front dormer,
contrasting charmingly with clapboards elsewhere. Such whimsical
architectural embellishments were no doubt an embarrassment to
the modern, mid-century homeowner.
I get to play archeologist and re-create
pattern for new fascia boards, which Bob will make.
Print about to be transformed…
…from that, to this. Foreground tree no
longer competes with middle ground tree, and greater distance seems to
have resulted as well. Yay.
We are excited by news of bungalow design and
original porch, but not enough to consider re-creating it.
Porch-sitters of 1926 would have enjoyed view of sedate lane and
occasional passers-by; we would be treated to stimulating
sights, sounds and scents of urban traffic.
Query: Is it a bungalow if decorative details
aren’t Arts & Crafts (scrolly fascia boards & eve brackets,
Colonial Revival style fireplace surround & picture mouldings)?
Hey. Still looks good! Do more tracing on acetate;
get three new blocks; transfer tracings to blocks; carve them to
cover layers of hills, parts of yellow Elm tree, and parts of
orange field with blue haze.
Then returns to fascia board project, after
pausing to paint daughter’s bedroom in 3 colors, including
several built-in units.
Now print right side panel. Immediately see
that carving was too hasty: an entire section mistakenly
omitted. Must do over.
Six Van Erp lamps reduced to three; distant hills recede dreamily in lavender haze, and, as bonus, elm tree is now shadowed and dimensional (hard to see in this pic). Enhancement project definitely worthwhile.
Autumn Hills is made
to provide a window of warmth, glowing color and serenity amid
its surroundings. Which should be fairly spacious, as it is
29.5” x 41,” framed. (Sized for my own mantelpiece, to preside grandly
over ping pong tournaments.)
Keep smiling; ply roof
artisans with hot coffee, pastries, subs, pizza & wings.
PS Roycroft Campus painting and posters are now up for bid on the local PBS site. Bidding ends 4/28! Click here to go to the WXXI Auction site
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