|A Photographic Journal of Transformation|
|My client told me this fireplace reminded her of a Jack-o-Lantern! Ha!|
My reply: this fireplace needs to get stoned!
|Viola! A Fabulous Faux Fireplace.|
|Like a good plastic surgeon, I marked the stone shapes before committing to the sculpture. |
The facade was cleaned and protected. The bricks were primed white.
|I began by sculpting the "keystone" and worked out, right to left.|
|Work in progress, detail.|
It's important to hold your vision.
Art in progress is often messy and unattractive.
|Spaces between are caulked and stones are individually painted.|
|Each stone is given 2 to 3 layers of custom colored,|
tinted glaze washes for depth. And sealed 3x with a dull varnish.
|Stone details... (left)|
The background was layered with a sand-additive mixed
with paint. Then a top coat of Ralph Lauren's River Rock
was hand-brushed over that for additional fine texture.
|Stone details (right)...|
I wish this lovely family many beautiful moments as they celebrate life in front of a crackling fire! (And I hope they invite me back to roast marshmallows.)
From my hearth to yours...