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3 - Taking Directions from a Rock Giant

Rock Giant
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2 September 2002page first published

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J. Ira Monroe of Bwana Art Studio writes:

The painting technique from this point on is well known and, perhaps, used by many painters. I begin working from the inside of the piece, leaving extremities for later, using them to hold and adjust the piece as the paint is applied. I like to shade as I go along.

the final Rock Giants

As for the color of the Giant's clothing, beards, and hair...the Giants directed these themselves. (It helps, of course, when the painter can have this type of input from his subject.) I believe, as the one Giant advised, his hair and beard color was based on genetics and, therefore, non-negotiable. (One is dissuaded from argument, in any event, when the subject holds a rock in one hand and a tree in the other!)

Face of a Rock Giant

These pieces are heavy and tend to tip with the tree and rock in hand. I chose to place a hefty base on each for that reason. I used the same DecoArt water-based paste to build the "soil" under the Giant's feet, and placed three rocks on each base to help stabilize the finished piece. (Besides, as the subjects noted, once you start throwing helps to have more than one. The enemy may return fire!)

Rock Giant base

Often, I'll begin the soil/base painting while the paste is still wet. The colors blend nicely, but care is needed that the paste doesn't crack while twisting it hither and yon in your hand.

Most painters that I know enjoy doing the "landscaping" on the bases - and I'm no exception.

rear view of a Rock Giant

The bracelets, arm bands, and earrings were painted with acrylic metallic bronze, and then a light coat of Model Master Bright Brass added on some of them for added sheen. The base shading color is burnt umber, with a pinch of raven here and there.

close-up showing the complexity of the Giant's clothing

Upon completion, I sprayed four light coats of Krylon satin matte finish over the pieces to seal and protect the paint. As most of us know, this finish - and many other fine brands as well - will bring out the depth and hue of many of the colors. Light coats in the months and years to come can be added to protect them from extensive handling. Care must be maintained, though, as this type of finish can build up and take on a "milky" texture, dulling the colors if too much is used.

a final Rock Giant