August 22, 2019:
Changes have been made within the design and base colours have been blocked in (adjusting the colours in relation to the neighbouring colours).
August 16, 2019:
The initial transfer of the image and inking in has been done. I'm making adjustments along the way.
August 14, 2019:
It has taken longer then projected to get to the stage of adhering the muslin to the panel. Once receiving the constructed panel, I had extensive wood filler to do to make all the inside frame edges flush with the panel. Once fully dry, I was then able to sand everything to a smooth finish, testing out the new sander and hose to my Shop Vac (and sparing my fingers a bit). I will need to do all the sanding indoors for this one as it is too large to haul out onto my porch for each phase. So far, there was no apparent dust in the air. Hopefully that will be the case with the gesso sanding. I recall with the original icon of the Holy Family in 2007, where it too had to be sanded indoors. Everything, including inside all the kitchen cabinets, was coating in gesso dust.
Now to wait for the acrylic medium to dry; checking for air pockets along the way. I will be able to trim the excess muslin and begin the initial coats of gesso.
August 7, 2019:
The the icon panel has been constructed and was delivered this evening. I had the lean-to easel all ready for it so that it can be immediately fully supported. I need a few days to let the Risen Christ icon set and then pack it up before I can begin the messy, dusty process of preparing this large Holy Family icon.
July 23, 2019:
Occasionally, I get to use a design vellum from a previous commission as a reference. With this upcoming Holy Family icon commission, being based on the 2007 icon at St. Andrews Cathedral in Victoria BC, it had its own challenge. The size of the Victoria icon is 84" x 60", so my full scale design is much too big. I would need to transpose it to 65" x 50". As you can see, I had one wall where the original velum could fit. It clearly demonstrates that this original size was impossible in my current home studio.
I took a few photos of it and downloaded the jpegs onto my computer. After some cropping and editing, I printed it. With the lines being so light in the picture, I needed to then draw them in on the print, in order to get a clear design pattern. Having that now, I can begin the Alberta icon based on the actual 2007 icon.
July 11, 2019:
In preparation for the arrival of the 65"x50" icon panel for this next icon, I've had to beef up a lean-to easel which I had been using to grid and transpose the icons for the St. Monica Church project. But with the weight of this next panel, being around 75 lbs, it needed more structure and hardware. I got this done the last 2 days, before i work at completing the Coast Salish Risen Christ icon, as I needed to have ready for panel whenever it arrives.
This icon has been commissioned by Holy Family Parish in St. Albert, AB. It will be based on the Holy Family icon which I wrote in 2007 for St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria BC. That icon is 84"x 60", but the size had to be reduced in order to accommodate my current studio.
Holy Family Icon, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria BC 2007