Thursday, May 26, 2011

scroll design in progress

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Scroll Design on a Vaulted Ceiling

I just finished this project, in which the client wanted me to create a scroll design on this vaulted entry ceiling.  The ceiling is about 15' high, and measures about 15' diagonally from corner to corner.

The idea began with a pencil drawing for the client to approve.

The next step was a painted sample for the client's approval.  We decided not to incorporate any metallics, but to accent the bronze tones with a faded blue reflected in her fabrics.

Once the design and colors were approved, I made a full-scale image of the scrollwork that could be transferred to the ceiling.  With a few quick measurements and chalklines, I was able to layout the design relatively quickly.  The ceiling isn't exactly square, so I had to "pinch" and "stretch" the design here and there to fit symmetrically.

Here's a shot of my work platform with the design halfway complete.  My neck was angry with me for several days!

Up close.  The design has varied light and dark areas to give it a worn feel.  The blue accents bring in a touch of color.  The thin outline helps to give it definition.

The completed painting...just need to install a matching fire sensor cover and hang the light fixture.

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