40.000 x 56.000 x 0.500 inches
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The Warmth Of Fredericksburg
Jay D Anderson
Painting - Oil On Polyform On Mural Panel
This mural can be seen in the 800 block of Caroline Street, in Olde Towne Fredericksburg, VA (beween Bangkok Cafe and Wally's Ice Cream). For you GPSers... Latitude 38.302487, Longitude -77.4588763 will get you there.
It is a 1/2" wood panel with epoxy/polyurethance thermoset (clay... "Sculpey") painted in oils. Painting was funding by a grant from the city of Fredericksburg, VA. Mural consists of a total of 6 paintings by Olde Town artists.
I study the "Human Visual System" from medial journals, etc. and learning how we see (much new info now) I try to work some of these things into improving my painting. I have a check list of 12 visual cues we humans use to see "depth" and I shoot for the 8 that are possible in a 2-D (flat work)... this one has the 9th cue and that is "contour"... which influences the way we see. The image has about 1" of maximum relief (in the hands) but many pieces of the painting have some relief element to them. The painting also features an "extended dynamic range" which is the range of value from the blackest of black and the whitest of whites. The black at darkest points is 3% relfective carbon black on a textured surface (further reducing reflectivity) and the white at its brightest points is Gofun Shiraku (mother of pearl oil paint) coated with a top coat of a photoflourescent oil paint that upconverts UV (ultraviolet--invisible to us) to visible white. This allws that paint to attain an impossible degree of reflectivity (over 100%). You would have to see it in person... I watch uninterested pedestrians walk past the mural and seeing it out of "the corner of their eye" back track back to it to verify what they are seeing... I guess they aren't expecting the painting to be sticking out at them... I love that reaction. My daughter, Jenna Leigh Anderson, (also on FAA here) is my model for this painting/mural.
July 13th, 2010
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