Sunday, April 10, 2011

Painting at God's House

Seems like I've been painting 
a lot of bathrooms and bedrooms recently,
 so painting a Church was a pleasant departure.

"I was glad when they said unto me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord."
(Psalm 122:1)

The church is nestled against the woods
with a river meandering nearby. 
Jan, Karen and Barb are working to 
re-decorate the Church. 
They chose a color scheme from nature--
shades of rust, amber, terra cotta, and forest green.
My happy task was to design the chancel wall.

They wanted:
Focus on the Cross.
Less...not more.

I painted this sample for the committee to discuss,  
and happily it was accepted.

Though you don't see it in the photos,
 the wall is recessed about 8' behind the wood frame
and is about 35 feet long.

The wall was covered with a "popcorn" texture.
Before I began my work, the energetic Cindy
scraped it all off, leaving me a blank canvas
on which to paint.

Thank you Cindy!

here we go!
The first day was priming and painting the background color,
Sherwin Williams, Tatami Tan #6119.

This alone was a dramatic change.

background color goes on
The next day was the fun part...creating the art.
The darker edges would gradually growing lighter
toward the center of the wall behind the Cross. 

then the layers of color
The colors were applied with a trowel, then blended across the wall,
much the way an oil painter would paint with a palette knife. 

A little metallic was added for highlight,
and when sunlight from two nearby
 stained-glass windows filters into this area,
the Cross glows.
I wonder what the response will be Sunday morning.



  1. Heavenly!! (pun intended) I always love seeing your projects.

  2. You never cease to amaze me! Congratulations!


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