Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pre-school Nightingale (for Ben).

One of the consequences of having school age kids is that volunteer contributions are regularly expected from the parents to help with such worthy endeavors as school plays and the like. In this case, I was drafted to design a set for a representation of  'The Nightingale' with a cast of three to five years old actors. You can see my original sketch at bottom, the finished design in the middle and the final result on the stage at top. One of the most difficult and time consuming task proved to be the mixing of such large quantities of paint. The whole set was painted in a day with the help of other volunteers. Fun.




Pencil and Watercolor/ Photoshop/ Acrylic on Canvas. 2008.

8 comments:

Michael said...

Nice looking set, dude!
If you are short of paint mixers, may I recommend the services of Mister Paul Shardlow, who always boasted that mixing up enough paint in a bucket was the secret of good background painting.
Really!

Have you tried costing out the benefits of wide format printing?

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Hi Michael,
Words of wisdom from Paul who is not one to pass an opportunity for some provocative aphorisms. But forget the printing, it's all about those parents, nostalgic of elementary school days, getting their share of crafts activities on Sunday. You should have seen the costumes! Quite good fun really.
Cheers.

..Étien'.. said...

Le changement de support et de dimensions n'altèrent en rien la qualité du rendu !

Bravo

Ben Mauro said...

Haha excellent! Its great to see how it came together.

Alina Chau said...

Great paintings!

Leocartunista said...

Fantastic blog!!!!

Damion009 said...

every thing on your blog is just amazing to look at! i love it...

Paul Shardlow said...

Ah, the set for the school play. We've all been there but yours is a particularly successful effort. Your kids must have been very proud. I like your moleskine watercolours. The Les Dombes one especially. Simple and honest. As for mixing paint in a bucket, I wish I could claim authorship. This piece of genius is from the lips of Tony Hancock, under the delusion that he is a gifted painter, in his 1961 film 'The Rebel'.

Reporter (reverentially): How do you mix your paint, monsieur?

Hancock: In a bucket with a big stick.