October 15, 2013

Crucifix Process 3

I've been so busy lately I have not taken the time to post any process photos from the crucifix. These will not bring you totally up to its current state—they were taken between Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. Please forgive me for just dumping these without too much explanation—I've got to get back to work. I have less than two weeks to finish it!

I noticed the plywood had warped after application of the
gesso, so I screwed two 1x2s to the back to straighten it.

The molding is shaped to the contours of the body, to
help give the impression the corpus is overlapping it.

Where the molding isn't perfectly flush with the ply-
wood, I built up wood filler to make a seamless plane,
and sculpted the corners if they weren't perfect.

All of the molding is in place.

After a lot of sanding and about 6 coats of gesso, I'm
ready to apply the drawing to the cross!


  1. Looking good! Did you put any brads in the molding to help hold it on, or are you just hoping the glue will hold it?

    1. The glue will hold it well enough; I don't expect it to undergo much stress. I didn't want to use brads or nails because that would interrupt the shape of the molding. Any blemishes stick out like a sore thumb when you apply gold leaf!

  2. Looking good! I'm looking forward to your show at Bethany.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3-XUT46FXE&feature=youtube_gdata_player Consider gilding before painting. This video demonstrates...

    1. I gilded as much as I could before beginning the oils. But for the sake of finishing the painting, I had to forgo gilding the molding.

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