|Gesture Drawings: Calf and Barn: Corner of Walls|
All along, we'd planned for the town wall and the country wall (the two long walls). But there were also a couple of short walls, broken by stairs. As work spaces, they needed special attention. We'd already planned the north wall: a music shop (where their piano and music stand would go), and a "library" (where their bookshelf would go). The south wall would have a bulletin board, bins, and a couple of fire extinguishers, but the left side of the wall was still a blank. Brenda thought of putting a barn ~ and a red barn, at that; not the lovely old weathered, unpainted barns that we're used to in North Georgia. At first, I couldn't see it. It would have to be a small barn to fit in with the hills beside it. If I drew it close up, as she'd envisioned it (with a big cow out front), the roof would be cramped against the ceiling and the whole thing would seem forced and out of proportion. "Let me think about it," I said.
|Gesture Drawing: Early Plan for East and South Walls|
These are early sketches of the east and south walls. The gesture drawing of the calf shows a little fence that extends out into the room. Originally, Brenda had planned to have a play area that was physically divided from the rest of the room. It also shows my first solution for a barn, but I wasn't happy with it at all. The roof of the barn is included in the sketch, but is forced into a very shallow curve to fit the short wall. Of course, I could have made a barn in the distance, with the landscape being prominent, but that didn't jibe with the client's wishes: to have the barn as a prominent part of the wall, with a large cow standing out front. It would abut the next building, which would be the beginning of the town wall. I ended up ditching this particular design.
Mural 2012: Monday - Tuesday, September 24 - 25 (Planning the side walls)