Friday, August 15, 2008


I stand corrected (Thanks, Gretchen!). I had been calling the art project on our patio wall a mural. Because the technique is to paint the natural dye and lime mixture on fresh concrete, it can and should be called a fresco; the word comes from the Italian word affresco which derives from the adjective fresco (fresh). Perhaps the best known fresco is that in the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo on fresh plaster.

Maestro Gerardo de la Barrera went to Italy to learn the technique he is applying to our wall. As a maestro (teacher) he is passing on the secrets to Stuart Brandt as they work; and Stuart is teaching Gerardo how to make a mural and to give it depth. They make a great team and both are excited by the work of art they are creating.

The duo is working from the top of the fresco down so as to not drip cement on work that has been done below. The tree branches are now bare. The cement is being kept damp and will be freshened with water from a spray bottle so that leaves can be added.

Stuart was anxious to see how a live orchid would look on a branch. It has been hung in the center of the photo.

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