2008/08/11

Storm approaches at Jersey Shore





Clouds and interesting light,  North Wildwood  NJ. The bottom two photos are stitched panoramas, handheld.

2008/08/07

Son of Coal Miner Mural continued



Kim working on final detailing on scarf and lamp.

Lausanne painting the mine structure.



The completed mural. 

The coal mine depicted is a now *retired* Belgian coal  mine called le Bois du Cazier, and the miner's portrait is that of the client's father. The mural is a testament to his fortitude and sacrifice for his family. 

The miners of that time wore their safety lamps hung onto their scarves. Their helmets were made of leather. The hill behind him was created by a cart on a track which would trundle up and dump the tailings; the nearby residents, including my client when he was a boy, would climb the hill and pick through the tailings for scrap bits of coal, to sell or take home. The miners were called les gueules noires,  derogatory slang translating loosely as black faces.

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Son of Coal Miner Mural


Astounding space, under construction.

Showing Lausanne transferring the drawing though to the wall, similar to using carbon paper.

Progress midway.
Worked on this latest mural on location at a private residence near Lynchburg Virginia.

More than ably assisting me, was Lausanne Davis Carpenter, a fine decorative painter (and scenic designer)from Mathews VA.

We blazed through the project in a little over a week (not including preparations I did in Philly) The mural measures 20 feet by 12.5 feet. In studio, I made large drawings to final scale of the mine head (the structure on the left, and the miner's bust. Once taped in place on location, we transferred the outlines of the drawing quickly onto the wall. 

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