Children and Artists learn by observation, and in all learning, there is an element of imitation or copying of what has been seen. it is an old adage that we learn from example, and so I am of the belief that children deserve to experience art that is good.
the pain of that first fall so many of us had in the school playground, when we limped home with grazed knees; its a detail that can't be missed out!
And did you spot it? Yes, I added a little extra cloth to the ephod, so as to cover his bare groin.
The green tinged torso on the left, would never have worked with the new blue detailing, added to replicate the schools colours.
With the wood cleaned, smoothed and replenished, the crucifix looks resplendent.
I hope it will catch the attention of the young students, just as would a bright new butterfly which has come to rest on the school corridor wall.
The month of October has brought us a number of crucifixes for restoration. Here I am posting just a couple of examples which were adapted to our clients needs.
This example had been stained with a brown paint, to give the figure some definition. When we removed the corpus for treatment, it revealed that the brown staining had "soiled" the wood beneath it. This meant that the staining had been applied while the corpus was still attached to the cross.
This staining had to be removed from both the corpus and the wood of the cross before further work could be done.The
The religious sisters wanted the corpus to have a more realistic appearance, so as to aid their contemplation of Christ's wounds.
The question of how real is too real is very much a personal and cultural matter, especially in the application of painted wounds and their bloodiness.
In addition to moving the spear wound to the right hand side, I added more grazing to the knees and added the shoulder wound for the sisters.
The INRI plaque was also repaired and repainted and the wooden cross bar stabilised; this is something that often works loose with time, and can be a cause of damage to the figure itself if not corrected.
I applied the skin tones in several layers, which gives it a more realistic appearance. Because the navel of the torso was neither here not there - it needed some re-modelling to add to the sense of realism. A small detail perhaps, but worth the effort I think.
My next post shows a crucifix restored for a school, with a slightly different approach to colours.
Recently Hubby and I revisited a statue we restored last year. At that time, the lady chapel was undergoing a re-paint and installation had to wait.
The statue, known as "Queen of Heaven", had been "well - loved", and embellished over the years.
Over the years, the statue had accumilated many layers of paint, and although this figure usually holds a sceptre, the hand which held that sceptre had long since disappeared.
With all the paint and costume jewellery removed, a new hand could be modelled. I did this in such a way that the statue could hold a rosary instead of a sceptre because the priest was keen to have a rosary room/chapel.
And so the statue became that of " Queen of the Holy Rosary" .
Here she is, in her newly refurbished chapel, hopefully to be loved for many more years. (I love that the colours in the stained glass complement those in the statue. )
Queen of the Holy Rosary, Pray for us!)
Liturgical artist/restorer. Bachelor of Art and Design, Catholic Blogger
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