Sunday, 31 May 2009


The Zagotovka (Preparation of the panel).
After applying the povoloka (from an old bedroom curtain), several layers of levkas (gesso)were applied, and sanded. The old sketching (see 30/04/2009) was lost in this process.
Today, Pentecost, it seemed the appropriate time to take the plunge and start sketching.
The new one, fortunately, turned out not too radically different from the old one. And again, this felt like a miracle.

Gilding (pozolota)
My budget spray can worked out well, and the sunlight did the rest.

Spas bo Voskrese

Monday, 11 May 2009


What happens if you wipe a wet face with a towel and then make a negative?
This is the cloth the iconboard is to be lined with, but since it is meant for the "Not Painted By Hands Icon" there is that association with the Turin Shroud so I had to do this little experiment. And I gessoed the edges of the icon board as well.

Action Painting

Acrilic Paint
Gold paint (spray can)
Palette knives
I got everything for about €15 in the Action Shop.
Simple Living Rules!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

HansK in GdansK

My encounter with Günter Grass' Flounder in the Ulica Mariacka (Mariengasse), Gdansk.

Meiner war und ist ein sogenannter Steinbutt ...
(Der Butt, S. 33-34)

More on the Steinbutt
The Psetta maxima or European Turbot (Steinbutt in German) has both eyes on the left side. The European Flounder (Platichthys flesus) however, has both eyes on its right side, as has Grass' etching on the book cover...
The stone relief in Gdansk is definitely a Turbot, not a flounder.