SCENERY PAINTING FOR THE AMATEUR MUSICAL THEATRE and PANTOMIME
THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD cloth
|Cloth size 20 feet wide by 11 feet tall.
I have hinted at faces on some of the trees.
To get that even, graduated, sky, on my blank canvas I first drew in my trees with charcoal. Not bothering to be too accurate or detailed. I found the position of these trunks by slavishly squaring my original small sketch, then transferring the squares onto the cloth and copying the outlines. I then used masking tape beside these outlines on the cloth. (Not on the charcoal as the tape will not stick) This then "reserved" the tree trunks and I was able to paint the whole sky without stopping at each trunk. I used the watercolourists wet-in-wet technique to blend the sky. Working as fast as I could, I started with a base colour of light blue at the top and as I worked down the cloth so I added more white. Then, whilst the paint was still wet, I removed all my masking tape. Leave it to dry and you'll break your finger nail trying to pick the tape off.
Photo by Sean Magee
And just to show it's not all done by computers and Photoshop. Above is a pic. of me completing the cloth.
For the higher sections I use a scaffold tower mounted on castors. See "action" photo on the right. Photo shows me starting to block in the colours for the Munchkinland backcloth
Photo by Phillip Kelly
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