ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2005 10:44 am
On painting, I am agreeing on undercoat (over the gesso or primer) being white. I'm less inclined to think it is a simple one-white and, then, two - blue, if one is going for realism.

But, you can play with this on small prestretched and primed canvases.

Another thought, probably not what you are interested in, is to paint a big canvas - say 4 x 5 feet, stretched on custom stretcher bars, and frame it as a window or skylight in the middle of the room, and paint the rest of the ceiling to match the walls.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2005 10:47 am
My own bias is not to paint clouds on a ceiling, but I didn't always feel that way, and I wish you luck and fun in the doing, Chai.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2005 11:13 am
Oh, and yes, I'd love to see pictures..
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2005 11:18 am
osso, my point was never paint the cloud OVER the sky , as it is in nature. Instead paint the sky around the clouds. It makes the clouds pop out . Its a trick, It was employed by all the Calif plein air and Connecticut Impressionists.
One of my old teachers in illustration, a guy named Coggins, always had us do skies over clouds. Ive never doubted the results in both wc, pastels, and oil . In egg tempera, for some reason, its not as effective.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2005 11:25 am
chai, if you can rent some scaffolding Its probably the safest way. You can lie on your back and paint away without getting headaches or really stiff neck.

We did a class project years ago of Michealangelos hand of God coming out and touching a plate of fried chicken. This was for a restaurant ceiling, for a restaurant that only lasted a few years in the area. (It was Sid Stein's Chapel of CHicken)
cute name , neat idea, shitty chicken.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 17 Sep, 2005 11:25 am
I did understand your point, farmer.

I'll read up and look some more re the CA impressionists. I've seen many of the paintings, haunter of the Joan Irvine collection that I am, but never zeroed in on that.

In the meantime, to each his own.
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