Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Final touches outside J.R. Art Gallery

Hello everyone,

Another weekend has gone by. The weather is still pretty warm and nice here. Hope you are all feeling well and had a great weekend. Like always I have been very busy in the last few weeks mostly in the office at my work. Haven't done much on the gallery but I finally got to finish the outside of the building.


Even if I have been working inside J.R, for quite some time, the outside wasn't complete yet mainly because of the lighting of the same building. 

While decorating the private quarters of the artist I realized that I didn't work according to the original plans that I had for it at the beginning and eventually because of the slight change the chimney had to be moved to the side. Originally the chimney was meant to be at the back on the roof, In my first sketches the fire place had to be placed instead of the wardrobe.  

Because I moved the furniture pieces inside, I had to make a slight change to the roof. I like my chimneys to be placed exactly over the fireplaces. They look more realistic like that. I wasn't afraid to alter the roof because I had a clear picture of how to go about it. 



The first thing that I did was brick the chimney and weather the whole thing. The Chimney was not part of  the kit but I thought it was a good thing to add especially after adding the stove.







After taking the measurements I tore through the roof tiles using a craft's knife so the chimney could fit in.  I was very pleased that on the first attempt the chimney slide in it's place perfectly. 



I also added more detail to the chimney so it could match the roof and instead of using lead, once again I used foil and weathered it with paint. 





 






















This is how the complete roof is now. 





Another problem that I faced from the start was the joining of the two buildings together. The problem occurred because I bricked the building. Strangely enough I had this very slim strip that went around the whole building which was un-bricked. Practically it was the ceiling of the gallery and the flooring of the private quarters of the artist when joined together. It didn't look neat at all. After all the lights were installed and placed I had to find away to brick it.

So I masked taped the outside walls and with the same brick compound. I covered the remaining pieces which was very tricky. 





When the compound was dry I weathered it to match the walls. The outdoor staircase that leads to the artist's private quarters was far from ready. I still had to add a small wall at the back and finish the staircase landing. Just like the staircase I plastered the landing and placed the small wall.


When the plaster was dry I weathered the floor to match the staircase and continued weathering the walls. 




I was happy with the results and finally I sealed the under-stair's wall in place for good.

The window sills were a bit bare. I thought about adding flower pots but I didn't like them in place so instead I made two pigeons with polymerclay. 




Finally I connected all the lights in place and everything seems to be perfect.






I'm pleased with the outcome and now I can concentrate on the inside. Keep tuned for the next update on the J.R. Art Gallery.

Take Care and See You Soon.

Hugs,

Rebecca xxxxx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Giving more Character to the Artist's Private Quarters.

Hello everyone,

Hope you enjoyed your weekend and that you are all well. Today I have so much to share with you. I have been quite busy with my miniature work lately, but I always try to find some time to enjoy my own miniature passion. Sometimes it's more than usual and sometimes it's much less.  Either way I wouldn't miss it for the world. It's seems like I can't get enough from this project.  I have really put my heart and soul in it. 

The Artist's Private Quarters
 I am really enjoying decorating this room. There is so much to add and so much to do. I guess decorating this room you can actually have a clear picture of the artist's character and of what he likes. 

The first thing that I did was to change the decor on the mantel piece. I think it was too much for the room and I wanted something a bit more simpler. The tiny Ballerina was a tiny charm that I got to change and also paint. 



I wanted to add a little detail to the bed area. So far I have added a painting on top of Mr. Rookie's bed and added a photo frame and one of his favorite books. There is a good chance that I will be changing the curtains of the room.




The next thing to add was the Artist's table and stool. I have enjoyed building it and making it's accessories. It took me a while to finish it but at the end it's always worth it. Eventually I'm hoping to add some sort of unfinished painting on the empty easel unless it will be too much for the room. 





I added a chair in the middle of the room with a tiny doll. Don't ask me, "Why a doll??!!" Maybe the artist has a passion for pretty fine dolls or it belongs to a loved one.  The tiny doll was commissioned for me by the lovely doll maker Beverly Senatore. Once again Beverly has made a fantastic job on such a tiny doll. Pictures don't give her any justice. From here I would like to thank you Beverly, for such a cute little doll. It fitted in so well in the scene. xxx



I wanted to add something more being the private quarter's of an artist. Believe me this miniature has tested my patience big time. I actually gave up on it and dumped it in the paper bin only to be picked up again the next day. I refuse that a miniature gets the best of me. It's not perfect but it fitted in. So finally I had finished the tiny artist mannequin which I made using toothpicks. 


The tiny mannequin was added to a wall shelf which I painted. I have also added a couple of art accessories.

 
Below the same wall shelf  I added another finished painting and added a stool with an empty bird cage. 


Finally the last addition to the room was Mr. Rookie's writing desk. Another piece which I enjoyed building and making accessories for. It took me three days to finish but I love the end results. On the chair I have also made Mr. Rookies journal. 





On top of the desk there is a small wall shelf where I have placed one of my own hand painted miniatures. A tiny figurine of the Virgin Mary. I also added an Orchid pot and another bottle. 




I got to fix the ceiling and added the lights. I couldn't help not turning the lights on to see how the room looks. Here are some pictures of how the room looks so far. 














I hope you like what I have done so far. There is still more details that I would like to add to this room even if it is quite full. I'm still not fully happy with it. 

This is all for today. Keep tuned for the next update on this project.

Take Care and See You Soon

Hugs,

Rebecca xxxx