Starting with an order, I see each of my artifacts as the beginning of a “discussion” with my media. The end result -either satisfactory, or not- is always a lesson learned and an opportunity; to communicate my feelings of worship
The wooden panel is covered in a mixture of gesso, and the first sketch, is drawn by pencil. A thin layer of dark shellac prepared the surface for the application of glue and Lucia is covered in copper gold leaves- as it is used in byzantine icons where shapes seem to float inside the golden light.
|Copper gold added, colorings|
Then, the first layer is applied were the medium tones of clothes are produced, the color of the flesh same as the soil; a symbolism of her human nature.
|Medium tomes, first “light” on flesh|
Afterwards, we gradually step from darker to lighter tones adding extra light, moving from shadows to the light. From ignorance to enlightenment- from earth to heaven- Outlines and dark lines are added as a guide for the addition of more light on clothes. Light on hair, still another layer of flesh , lighter this time, as if light is the material that creates the face.
Ultimately, more light will be added, but it does’ nt comes from a certain point of view or a light source, – The light should emanate from within, the figure is bathed in it. The Human made out of soil, becomes a radiant Saint and the flesh unites with light, its source.
|A radiant saint Lucy|