Thursday, December 30, 2010

odds & ends... and new beginings!

Well, it'snow BB-Q! (I had to post this.) It's a scene from the back door. I hope to do
some winter painting, as we have plenty of it!

Last Sunday was the last Dr. Sketchy of the year. The theme was, "ringing in
baby new years." (I won some mesh stockings for my drawing!(ha) It was a fun time.
An old friend from art school and I went to sketch for a few hours, have a couple of
drinks and encourage each other to continue the trip! This was at the 331 Club. Just
a couple of blocks from the church with the gilded Tabernacle .
N.E. is an interesting neighborhood! Happy New Years Every One!

Friday, December 10, 2010


Some assembly was required. All of the pieces fit together and it's now out of my hands.
It was placed in the back of a van, and is on its way to its new home.

I'm still on call incase there might be touch ups here and there.

Paul wrote this on the inside of the dome, and as always, spelled Whalberg AH instead
of HA, but everyone does. Renee is spelled incorrectly, but it's dedicated to her just the
same. I thought of her often as I worked on this.
Sunday will be the unvailing. Just in time for the big snow storm comming our way!
I hope they, and you like it!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


This is the easel that the bible will rest against. below is a shot of my work bench
with all the parts of the tabernacle.

Freshly layed gold on the ceiling part of the top piece of the tabernacle. I layed full
sheets of gold for this. It's not easy to lay a full sheet of gold, but I did it!(many times)

This is the dome and the crowning cross. I enjoyed a glass of wine after doing this!

These are the 8 columns that will hold the ceiling/roof/dome. They are as brillient
as I could make them. There has been an add-on to this job, the 4 apostles,
Mathew, Mark, Luke & John will be carved symbolicly and gilded to set on the 4
corners of the roof, next to the dome. That will be done in January some time.
Right now I'm on crunch time. Everything needs to be completed and over to the
church for the unvailing this Sunday. I'm nervous of course.
I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Feels good to be busy! I've been laboring over
this Tabernacle that will house the Holy Bible.
Sanding, gesso, sanding, bole (paint) buffing and
now I have brought all the pieces to my home
studio,(heated garage!) where I will be applying
the gold.
Welcome to my mess! I know where everything is!
The Bishop (priest) wants to stop by to see me lay
some gold. I said OK, but I'm not cleaning up.

Speaking of good books, I just got my copy of
Color & Light by James Gurney. Its been highly
recommended. I've only skimmed through, but I
also would recommend this to anyone that wants
to make a better painting. Thanks Jim!
"As far as outdoor work is concerned, a studio is
only a garage; a place in which to store pictures and
repair them. Never a place in which to paint them."
Joaquin Sorolla Quote