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  • #91
    Phil, the changes in perspective are a challange, I'm sure. Coming along nicely, it will be a gem!
    Arthur

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    • #92
      I must be getting anxious for the completion. My sweetie & I have already discussed where to put it. Since it was done during the same period (1938) as "Sky & Water I & II" it should probably be close to them:

      Exhibit1.jpg It will possibly replace "Amalfi Coast" at the far right in this photo.

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      • #93
        For those of you curious about what tools I'm using here is a list:
        #3F-16mm - shaping river channels, leveling overlays, general shaping
        #5F-8mm - shaping birds, villages
        #3F-6mm - finer parts of above
        #3-3mm - narrow part of above
        #8-3mm - trees, narrow grooves
        #16-3mm - incised lines (this a 35 deg. V-tool)
        All of these are Pfeil full size gouges except the third. It is an old Herring Brothers gouge. I use a double edged knife for making stop cuts (although there are not as many in this design.)

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        • #94
          For those who have never carved a complex relief, this design must be confusing. How do you decide what parts are actually in relief? That is, having depth and shape. Do those little boats on the river actually rise above the water surface? Do the trees stand above the farm fields? No, they're actually cut into the wood. Only the flying birds and the villages rise above the base level. There are many details that will be incised into the base level: trees, boats, windmills, farm houses, people (Yes, there are figures on the bridges & walkways.) They will be emphasized with gel stain.

          This makes the relief carving very different from the original woodcut by M. C. Escher. It is amazing to me that he did this complex design in Feb. 1938, before the somewhat simpler "Sky & Water I" (June 1938) and "Sky & Water II" in December 1938. (You may have to browse back thru the photos to make sense of these comments.)

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          • #95
            Coming along great Pallin. It is going to be awesome when done.

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            • #96
              Thanks Glenn. I put in a little time carving the villages today. I have commented before about getting to the stage of "tiny cuts" & how many there are.

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              • #97
                Here are the two villages. The upper one will be on the daytime (left) side. The other will be on the right. There are still some details to finish: windows, trees. The church steeples will be aligned with the local vertical when glued to the background.

                DNV1.jpg

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                • #98
                  Here is the nighttime village glued in place. You can also see that some of the landscape details in this half are etched into the white coat (representing moonlight). On the daytime half, the details will be emphasized with gel stain rubbed into incised lines. On this side, some of the windows will be "illuminated" by white paint representing lights from within.

                  DNV1d.jpg

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                  • #99
                    It is artesty in wood Pallin. I enjoy following your projects.
                    We live in the land of the free because of the brave!

                    https://www.pinterest.com/carvingbarn0363/

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                    • Now I'm back on the daytime side - the village overlay has been glued in place. Then I decided to cut the river a little deeper. Many of the details on the daytime side still have to be incised so that gel stain can "bring them out" later. Look at that line of trees bordering the major road. and the boats on the river.

                      DNV2.jpg

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                      • While doing some of the "tiny cuts," I thought I'd smooth the edge between the lowest overlay farm field to the back panel. The corner broke off and I had to replace the entire overlay. (left photo)
                        I've been dreading the tree lanes. On both the day & night sides are roads with regularly spaced trees. These trees are about 3/16" tall & there are about forty of them on each side. On the night side they are carved by cutting away the white paint. (right photo) On the daytime side they have to be incised deep enough in the wood to catch the gel stain. I'll need to straighten some of the tree trunks & reshape the foliage.

                        DN13h.jpgDNtl.jpg

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                        • The differences between the two sides of this relief carving are significant. I attempted to do the trees on the daytime side. Perhaps I got in a hurry, but I immediately had trouble: tear outs, wiggly lines, etc. I had to carve away some of the flaws. I'm thinking I may apply the sealer - like I applied the white paint on the night side - then work the incised details & staining.

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                          • Looking darned good so far Pallin. Man there is a lot of work in that piece.!!!

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                            • Yes, it's been almost 3 months since this thread & the project started, but I've had less complicated projects go 10 months or a year. It's a good thing I don't do commissions or sell my carvings for a living.

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                              • It's been a long time since this included an overall photo. If you're trying to follow the progress, you've had to look far back to see what I may be talking about. So here's the current status:

                                DN18a.jpg

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