Piece #071 - SCULPTED PAINTING - Inspired by Georgian Bay

This is a Private Commission. The client wanted a piece that was reminiscent of Georgian Bay as they cottage near Wasaga Beach, and live in Western Canada. It will finish out at 24 × 65 single panel.

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  • Reference Photo for Sculpted Painting 071, Private Commission
  • Sketch for Sculpted Painting 071, Georgian Bay, 24 x 62, Private Commission
  • Getting ready to glue Sculpted Piece 071. The sketch for this piece is showing on the wall behind.
  • Beautiful Mahogany in the preps for glueup!
  • Stu gluing up Sculpted Piece 071 ... check out all the mahogany above the clamps! GO CLAUSTRO GO!
  • Stu prepping the plastic for clamping of Piece 071.
  • Stu affixing the clamps for Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Stu Leggett, sculptor, cutting channels for bracing
  • ... 29 channels to be exact
  • cutting these channels is a precise job ... these blades are huge and one slip and the whole piece would be compromised.
  • Each time a cut is made, the channel is vacuumed clean and the rod is placed to ensure accuracy.
  • And there goes the rod to double check the channel size.
  • Stuart measures and moves the anchor to cut each channel ... no errors.
  • Now that all the channels are cut, and the sizes were checked, Stuart applies the epoxy to lay in the rods permanently...the first coat is applied with a roller.
  • Rods are placed...in preps to start carefully pouring the epoxy.
  • After nearly 2 quarts of epoxy and many hours later, the rods are set in to Stuart's satisfaction.
  • With the big sander, Stuart sands out the epoxy to start levelling the surface.
  • Still sanding, the first heavy grit sanding is nearly complete.
  • With heavy sanding now complete, Stuart vacuums the surface (didn't know he could vacuum - haha), to prepare for finer sanding.
  • With a smaller sander and finer grit paper, Stuart sands the surface to prepare for more epoxy coatings.
  • With the finer sanding, you can now see the mahogany shining through. Keep in mind, this is still just the back of the sculpted piece.
  • Fourth coat of epoxy after sanding.
  • Fifth coat of epoxy ... background sketch on wall is the subject the piece will become.
  • Stuart in the shop, being a happy guy, as usual.
  • Stuart pours on the epoxy before rolling.
  • Action shot of Stuart rolling on the Sixth coat of epoxy.
  • I think that's epoxy coat number 8 ... nice and black ... yet to be sanded however.
  • And yes, there he is ... sanding that beautiful epoxy coat ... still more coating however, so had to be done.
  • The last epoxy coating on the back. Monday's job? Full layout and CARVE!
  • After one more day of working on the 'back', Stu is now starting to lay out the front.
  • After giving the carving side of the panel a final sand, stu vacuums the panel.
  • Carol and Stu working side by side, they transfer the drawing from paper to transparency to make adjustments.
  • With the transparency now placed on the panel, Stu makes minor adjustments to the design.
  • Stu carefully measures to create an accurate horizon.
  • Stuart transfers, by pouncing, the scaled drawing onto the panel.
  • With the drawing now on the wood surface (hard to see), Stuart can being CARVING!
  • Stu starts working on the front of the panel by 'hogging' out material with huge honkin' tools.
  • First run of surface material ... gone to dust.
  • Jigs and tools aside, if you look down the side, you can see an angle in the surface area.
  • After each pass, Stu moves the jig and adjusts the tool to continue hogging more material.
  • The beginning of carving Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Stuart Leggett carving the beginnings of the tree, February 7, 2012.
  • Stuart Leggett carving the tree for Sculpted Piece 071 - note the sketch on the wall is what the carving will become.
  • Carving of Sculpted Painting 071 February 8, 2012
  • Stuart fine tuning around the tree of Sculpted Painting 071.
  • What a beautiful tree! Great job so far Stu!
  • Working nearly around the clock to acheive all this detail, yet Stuart is still carving to bring this tree alive.
  • Stu 'test installing' Sculpted Piece 071 in the gallery.
  • Sculpted Piece 071 installed in CLAUSTRO Gallery to show scale.
  • Sculpted Piece 071 - just prior to completion of carving (left) and Sculpted Piece 070 (right) at CLAUSTRO Gallery.
  • Dramatic Shadows of carving of Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Another shot of dramatic shadows created by the carving of Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Stu Leggett working in his studio - Sculpted Mahogany (#071 - 1" x 24" x 65") .
  • Sculpted Piece 071, carving nearly completed.
  • Sculpted Painting 071 marked with blue tape to show as triptych.
  • Sculpted Painting 071 displayed as a full panel, 24 x 65, Commission.
  • The back of Sculpted Piece 071 - from triptych to single panel.
  • Front of Sculpted Piece 071 - coated with epoxy.
  • Carver, Stu Leggett roughing up the back of Sculpted Piece 071 to prepare to apply final coatings.
  • Sanding of Sculpted Piece 071
  • Refining the carving of the water, Sculpted Piece 071
  • Stu carving new details to the tree.
  • Stu putting the hanging brackets on the back of Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Hanging Brackets epoxied into place on the back of Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Stu fine sanding the water on Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Stu painstakingly sanding Sculpted Painting 071 with 1 x 2 sandpaper.
  • Nearing completion, the final epoxy coating - yet to be primed. Note the beautiful shadowing below the piece of the carving.
  • Final epoxy coat before priming of sculpted piece 071. Beautiful carving of water and tree!
  • Final finish coat before final sanding, then paint of Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Sculpted Piece 071 just before painting.
  • Sculpted Piece 071 with sky and water nearly completed.
  • Sculpted Piece 071 with sky and water completed and first coats of acrylics on the rockface.
  • Sculpted Piece 071 just days away from completion.
  • Closeup of the rock of Sculpted Piece 071.
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
    24 x 65
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
    24 x 65
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
    24 x 65
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
    Closeup of tree
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
    24 x 65
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
    24 x 65
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Sculpted Painting
    24 x 65

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